The Agents of SHIELD series is not going to be focused on the superheroes like Thor and Captain America and the rest of the supernatural dudes and gals from The Avengers. Thank goodness! That would totally alienate a lot of people. A movie now and again to indulge one’s inner geek is okay, but sitting down and watching a television show every week could be detrimental to one’s social life.
The problem with this kind of show is the staying power. Can Agents of SHIELD really make it in the long run? Let’s face it, we don’t want to devote our precious time and energy into getting involved with the characters and the plot and then have it ripped away from us. It is irritating and leaves a person a little gun shy when it comes to investing in the next new, big thing. Joss Whedon is a successful creator, producer and director, but he has been linked with some other fly-by-night series that fell apart just when people started to like them. Can we handle another disappointment and are we willing to take that chance?
The short answer is, yep! Bring it on! Let’s see what these humans can do when it comes to fighting crime. Who needs a big, bad super-infused tough guy when you got the brains and whit of the Agents of SHIELD? Unlike the films, this series will focus on the guys behind the brawny, fickle heroes (and occasional skinny butt-kicking females) who make things happen. If you like those zany one-liners like the kind you hear in the Iron Man films or even in The Avengers, you are going to love the banter between the brainiacs.
And, although the cast of Agents of SHIELD isn’t exactly famous, yet, there is one famous face you will recognize, Clark Gregg. Okay, for those who don’t know who that is he is Agent Phil Coulson from the films. Okay, okay, yes, he died, but hello, this is television, anybody can come back from the dead. Especially when there is a new series that needs a lead guy. And Agent Coulson is just too darn cool not to bring back from the dead.
But, and this is a big one, the television version is not going to quite tickle your fancy if you are a big Avengers fan. The zingers are not quite as funny, but that may be due in part to the lack of familiarity with the character’s personalities. In the brief glimpse we have seen of Agents of SHIELD, it is clear everybody is just getting to know each other. Sometimes you just need to warm up to some people and it is going to take a few episodes for audiences to get a feel for these guys and gals. While Coulson is still cool, he isn’t quite the same as he was in the hit film. Maybe dying does that to a guy’s personality.
It has a pretty good timeslot, Tuesdays at 8, so it could be nice for the family to sit down and watch heroes do good instead of bad guys doing bad things and being glorified. However, a word to the wise, don’t get too emotionally attached to the show quite yet. It is on shaky ground and could go either way at this point. Tonight is the big night for Agents of SHIELD and it will be interesting to see if Joss Whedon and crew can pull it off.