Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Pilot” Review
✔Themes surrounding August Richards' character.
✔References to the Marvel universe.
✔Placement of the action choreography.
✔Introduction of an antagonist organisation.
Following the success of the 2012 film Marvel’s The Avengers, ABC presents Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., an expansion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The premise of this pilot follows Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) assembling a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives to approach superhuman like occurrences around the globe. In this first episode, Agent Phil Coulson and his team investigate an enigmatic organisation, The Rising Tide. All the while, the team encounters struggling father Mike Peterson (J. August Richards) with extraordinary abilities.
For all those anticipating this T.V. series since the announcement, this show provides and delivers a lot to for both the non-comic book supporters, comic book fanboys or fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There are many references throughout this first episode regarding that of the previous Marvel films (specifically that of Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers and Iron Man 3). Which I was pretty neutral about as it seemed pretentious in certain moments however when executed illustrated the purpose. The action choreography is executed slowly to allow balance for the narrative being told. The action sequences are not over the top but are greatly placed throughout the pilot.
Although, the main focus of this pilot was the pivotal return of cult favourite character, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg). Clark Gregg’s return is one of the reasons I was hooked into this show, being a fan of his presence in all Phase One films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I was heavily concerned how Whedon would reintroduce this character back in to this live action universe, for the reasons that unfolded during the The Avengers film. With that being said, Coulson’s return was justifiable by all means but made me consider what would happen once members of The Avengers roster discover that Coulson is alive.
Clark Gregg does an exceptional job in portraying this fan-favourite. Not only does Gregg provide the comedic, dead-pan humour fans have loved about this character but gives fans more depth to this character. Being placed as the leader of these agents, Gregg most definitely steps up to fulfill the role. His interactions with several members of the team displayed his acting ability in moments of tension as well as humour.
However, his presence is not the highlight of this episode. J. August Richards was most exceptional in this pilot. Portraying a single father struggling to provide for his son is given superhuman abilities, Richards embodies this role beautifully. I was heavily immersed and sympathetic to his character. Richards emoted themes of confusion, survival and finding meaning in this world specifically in the character, which was what most definitely sold me. In regards to all the other actors, they all did great jobs with their respective roles. Specifically, the female actors. The female presence in this episode is strong and equally balances that of the males, which I rather enjoyed for a changed rather than having male actors being on the screen for a majority of the time.
In closing, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a science-fiction, action-adventured targeted at all ages. Being a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a promising new series for many eager fans. Me, on the other hand, was not all for the hype that was being shown. I was merely just being open-minded to this new show. It’s a great show with a lot of potential to be something more. I hope in future Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. introduces more significant characters and organisations in the Marvel universe, such as (hopefully) introduces the presence of S.W.O.R.D organisation.