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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

September 27, 2013


Oh, Joss Whedon, how I’ve missed you on TV.  Not just because you bring people like Ron Glass and J. August Richards with you onto your new show, but because you are just….there are no words.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or as everyone will call it, Shield, is a TV spin off from Whedon’s mega-hit last summer, The Avengers.  As if anyone needed reminding, since the ratings were enormous for the pilot episode two nights ago.  It brings us into a world of heroes and the agency that tries to track and, well, manipulate and control are strong words, so let’s just stick with track.

But let’s pause about plot. Let’s talk writing.  Joss Whedon, his brother Jed, and Jed’s wife Maurissa, are the creators and writers of the Pilot, directed by Joss of course, and the writing is everything I hoped it would be.  It’s funny, direct, powerful, and just plain brilliant. Can you tell I’m a fanboy yet?

For example, Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) died in The Avengers.  Or so we thought.  Like the comics do all the time, he’s been brought back to life.  Of course, he thinks it was a lot sooner than he really was.  In the first 15 minutes, the show already sets us up to believe that he was pulled out of some kind of heaven, which will surely lead to some drama down the line.  But his entrance is what made me giggle with delight.  The agent through whose eyes the audience is meant to be seeing, Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), claims to know Coulson is dead.  Then Coulson walks out of a dark corner to reveal himself.  Classic reveal, right?  Wrong.  Coulson then comments about how there’s a light bulb burned out and the corner was dark, so he couldn’t resist making a dramatic entrance. Classic Whedon.

And it doesn’t stop there.  At every turn, Whedon shows his hand in things, undercutting dramatic moments with comedic plot points that he’s been doing for years in Buffy, Angel and Firefly. Interesting characters, good story, fun fantasy elements.

Now back to the plot, or more specifically, the plot twists. The delicious delicious plot twists. Unlike most shows, these are not convoluted.  They are merely parts of a mystery that we learn over time, leading to a natural conclusion.  So refreshing!

Of all the new shows of this season, this is far and away my favorite so far.  It may be my complete and total devotion to Joss Whedon, but I can see nothing wrong with this show.  It’s smart, action packed, well written, has interesting characters, and has a formula that will work for years to come.  Oh, Joss Whedon, how I’ve missed you.


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