Last night America saw the second episode of Marvel’s much-hyped (and probably overpunctuated) new TV show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. While I haven’t seen it yet, this one has a lot riding on it. With the involvement of The Avengers writer/director and all-round geek god Joss Whedon, as well as Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen of the brilliant Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog as showrunners, the expectations are big.
I wasn’t overly impressed with the pilot, which aired last week, but I may have been expecting too much too soon. Uninspired characterisation and jokes that seemed almost, but not quite Whedonesque disappointed me a little. The characteristic wittiness that is expected from a Whedon script seemed to be missing something, bogged down with introductions and clumsy exposition dumps that were clearly there to establish the show’s link to the blockbuster Avengers film.
Nevertheless, I hesitate to judge the pilot too harshly, seeing that it was, you know, a pilot, and needed to set the scene, and especially seeing that favourites Dollhouse and Firefly also got off to slow starts. Those two shows only really began to shine when time allowed for detailed character-based stories, something that TV shows are really great at.
What are your thoughts on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so far?
Last Updated: October 2, 2013