Actually my first thought is I’m not bothering with all those periods any more. From now on it’s Agents of SHIELD.
So having watched the first episode of the show I can say it’s exactly what I expected. Which is a good thing because what I expected was plenty of action (well choreographed), witty banter and general fun.
It’s also a bad thing because it didn’t actually feel like this episode was trying particularly hard.
I mean there’s really nothing wrong with it. It’s an almost by the numbers gathering of the team story. And it achieved that well. Sewed a couple of longer term story elements and gave us a handle for each of the characters it introduced.
I am fairly sure that FitzSimmons will be my favorite pairing. And for a Whedon show that’s also to be expected. Ming-Na Wen was great too and of course Clark Gregg is basically the reason this show exists. Which only leaves. Phil Coulson remains wonderfully unflappable.
Which leaves the rather bland Agent Ward and the annoying naive (yet brilliant of course) Skye. Both of whom may well come into their own in a few episodes.
So it’s basically pretty good. And yet I’m left feeling I ought to like this more than I do.
I mean it carefully anchors itself in the Avengers universe with its references to The Battle of New York not to mention the action figures. And it’s not shying away from superpowers either.
I’m certainly going to keep watching it. And I expect to like it more as I go along, but it just didn’t feel at all special.