The first thing you should know about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is that it is a TV show tie-in for the Marvel comics massive movie anthology. It runs in tandem with the Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor and Avengers movies, which means if you haven’t seen any of those, this will likely make little sense to you. However, it is important to note that while this show is set in a comic book universe, the main characters are not superheroes. They don’t have superpowers, but rather hard won skills in computer hacking, hand to hand combat, science, robotics and medicine. But because of the comic book underpinning, the writers are free to be creative with, say, the laws of physics and play fast and loose with credulity in favor of telling a good story. I personally don’t mind this, but if having an inflatable raft successfully plug a hole in the side of a jet flying at altitude would ruin your enjoyment, look elsewhere for entertainment. Agent Coulson is brought back from the dead (no, not as a zombie…) to command this elite team that works behind the scenes, keeping Earth safe from threats, both alien and native alike. The stories are very funny, inventive and endlessly entertaining, with extremely well-written characters and excellent dialogue. My personal favorite is Agent May, beautifully underplayed by Ming-Na Wen, a brilliant pilot and stoic tactician who can also kick some major, er, behind. She’s a woman of few words, preferring to let her fists or preferably bullets do the talking for her. My one complaint with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is that if you don’t go to see the new movies in theaters, you are automatically behind as those events are woven into the narrative of the show. A rip-roaring thrill ride, full of some truly magnificent lines, super baddies and complex relationships, which thankfully has been renewed for season 3. – BETHANY
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S.H.I.E.L.D. bus and other assorted aircraft
Coulson’s car, Lola. I wonder what the insurance rates are on something like this?
Fitz, Coulson and May – this reminds me of Tahiti – it’s a magical place.
Photos Courtesy of ABC Studios, Marvel Television and Mutant Enemy Productions