S.H.I.E.L.D. (Joss Whedon's Live Action Marvel Universe TV Series on ABC)

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  1. Adam Lenhardt

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    Character Profiles:Phil Coulson, the leaderMelinda May, the pilot:Fitz & Simmons, the science and technology:Grant Ward, the company man:Skye, the hacker:
     
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    New extended promo:
     
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    ABC aired their Fall TV Preview last night, and the final segment was about "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." It's very heavy on P.R. fluff, but there were some new bits:
     
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    ABC is huge on this. Billboards all over town promo thisSent from my Nokia 920 using Tapatalk
     
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    Press release for the series premiere (airing two weeks from tonight!):
     
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    Go, Marvel, Go!http://www.deadline.com/2013/09/marvel-developing-agent-carter-tv-series/
     
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    Oh! I would certainly watch this.
     
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    ABC's full-court press continues ahead of tomorrow's premiere. "Good Morning America" had a tour of the show's one main standing set, the plane they use to fly from mystery to mystery:


    Earlier this month, the show completed some second-unit shooting in Stockholm.
     
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    I have no major pre-conceptions about this show, at all. Avoided most of the promo stuff, with the exception of some of the commercials for it. So, I hope it'll be entertaining and not just genre fare.
     
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    Yeah, this could be a lot of fun. Solid cast, drawing on a lot of Whedon favorites who seem to just have their way around his dialog, witty moments, solid effects.. this could be a home run
     
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    I knew it wasn't going to have anywhere near the scale of the Marvel movies, but to be honest with you I expected more of the polish of the Marvel movies than we got. While you could see that they put a crap load of money on the screen for this pilot, it was very rough around the edges in spots. Certainly not as polished as last night's "Blacklist" pilot. Much more old school television of the sort we would have gotten a decade or two ago.That being said, I had a grin on my face nearly the entire time. Clark Gregg is as terrific as ever in this role, with all of the facets of his character that we'd seen in the movies on full display here. I actually liked Maria Hill better here than in The Avengers; she was more flawed and human and less of a living breathing prop. The bit about the porcupine made me laugh out loud. I hope once How I Met Your Mother finishes up, she's able to appear more regularly.Of the new cast, the clear standout was Chloe Bennet as Skye. In the pilot, her character clearly had the most development of the team, and the way she used her bubbly effervescence to distract people from what she was really doing was an interesting turn. I'd seen her previously in a small supporting role on "Nashville", and she really surprised me here.I also loved Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge as Fitzsimmons. You feel their sort of brother/sister chemistry right off the bat, and I totally bought their inferred lengthy work history together. "Star Trek" proved that you can never go wrong with a Scottish engineer, and Henstridge manages to sidestep the Denise Richards/Christmas Jones syndrome as the drop dead gorgeous other half of the nerdy duo. Most female geeks in movies and television are fan-service, simply sticking beautiful women into normal geek attire. The Simmons character doesn't fall into that trap, instead being well-dressed but with more of an old-lady fashion sense.The two characters that worked the least for me were Ming-Na Wen's Melinda May and Brett Dalton's Grant Ward. Probably because they're the closest to traditional action hero superspies, and I've seen that enough times to be bored by it. Neither character popped like the others, and while Dalton is very handsome I'm not sure he has the charisma to be the team's James Bond stand-in.My overall impression is that this is a S.H.I.E.L.D.-sponsored "A-Team" with Agent Coulson as the team's Hannibal. If that's what we're in for, it's perfectly fine with me, because I Loved "The A-Team." I just hope they do more to differentiate May and Ward.EDIT: I hope Ron Glass's cameo isn't the last we see of him. I love that guy.
     
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    This is a stolen but very apt analogy: S.H.I.E.L.D. is a lot like Torchwood.. who saves us when the Doctor can't come? I liked that they use elements that had been addressed earlier and play them out.
     
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    Fun start to the series. Lots of references to make old comic fans smile. It will be interesting to see how the series develops over the season.
     
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    One word to describe the first episode. Fun!!!!

    Loved ever bit of Clark Gregg's time on the screen. Some pretty snappy dialog and just the perfect tone for this type of entertainment. Particularly liked Coulson's efforts to save Mike Peterson and the dialog between Coulson and Peterson at the Union Station. Nice use of the mural to visually reinforce the themes of the dialog. Really well done.

    I hope that Cobie Smulders is available for more episodes and possibly becoming a regular when HIMYM ends this year. As someone else posted, this looks to be my new Alphas.

    - Walter.
     
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    eh, this certainly isn't in the caliber of stuff on Cable tv, the dialog is typical whedon, some of it cringe inducing. Despite the connection to the avengers I don't see this sticking around long, I'll watch a couple more but this did not grab me
     
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    You're not the target demographic! Being in the 8 o'clock timeslot it has a good chance of sticking around if the young people demographic latches on to it.
     
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    Only one complaint, the Fitz-Simmons characters accents were so thick, I was tempted to turn on my TV's subtitles features. I could only understand about 50% of what they were saying. Anyone else have a hard time with this?
     
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    Not really, but I watch a lot of British television so I guess I'm just used to the accents by now.I would point out that a good chunk of their dialog was trading technobabble back and forth between each other, so I'm not really sure you're supposed to be able to understand more than the gist of that.
     
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    The pilot reminded me of those Monster of the Week episodes of Angel that had a smattering of fun dialog but one too many fight scenes and a couple of scenes that felt like people standing around with their hands in their pockets waiting for the next fight scene. Hopefully, a more serialized focus with a big bad will make the show more watchable -- right now, it's like a good episode of Smallville, which another way of saying not very good.

    All in all, disappointing.
     
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    Something like ... "He doesn't know about Tahiti?

    "No and he never can."

    I know that I'm not the target audience but ... if I'm any indication ... this crapfest has zero chance of moving past its target audience.
     

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