Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, “Pilot”: Agent Coulson lives!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, is finally here Marvel fans and it does not disappoint. The show starts off with a reminder of the alien invasion of New York and how the Avengers saved the day. Cut to a little boy, in Los Angeles, staring into the window of a toy store and the main display is the Avengers in toy form. His dad promises him one for Christmas and as they walk away, an explosion rocks a building across the street. The dad tells his son to stay put and he runs off to see if he can help. As he gets to the back of a building, he uses some super strength to climb up the building and rescue a woman from the flames. His act is caught on camera by a mysterious woman.

Cut to Paris, where a S.H.I.E.L.D mission is taking place. Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) is told to abort the mission, due to it being compromised by a mysterious organization called The Rising Tide. Ward goes in anyway and like a scene out of a Jason Bourne movie, fights some bad guys, retrieves the package and flies away on a helicopter. The whole fight scene was impressive and even more impressive is the fact that they did indeed film this scene in Paris.

Agent Ward is taken back to head quarters where Agent Maria Hill (surprise appearance by Cobie Smulders) reveals to him that he recovered a Chitauri neural link. Hill tells Ward that it is a new world out there since the Chitauri invaded and they need his help dealing with the growing threats. He goes from level 6 to level 7 and is rewarded with the knowledge that Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) is indeed alive. To get the non Avengers fans caught up, Coulson was “fatally” stabbed by Loki in The Avengers and was thought dead. It is explained that they faked his death so the Avengers would have a reason to ban together and save the world. This explanation seems plausible, but there might be more to it than we know.

Ward decides to join the team and their first assignment is to find the hero, we saw in the beginning, who saved the woman from the burning building. We find out that hero is Michael Peterson, an ordinary guy who is trying to provide for his son and the mysterious woman who caught him on tape is Skye (Chloe Bennett, fresh off of ABC’s Nashville), a member of The Rising Tide. Skye tries to convince Michael to let her help him and to let him know that S.H.I.E.L.D will be after him.

Agent Coulson gathers up the rest of his team, including Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na) who he recruits to fly their plane and Agents Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) who are known as FitzSimmons, the engineering and bio chemistry experts of the team. They are an entertaining duo that hopefully we will see more of.  

The team takes off and has no trouble locating Skye, who they find out is the sole commander of The Rising Tide and she just sits in her van and hacks into their systems. In an interrogation room, she tells Coulson and Ward of a project known as Centipede and realizes that they don’t know what she is talking about. To show her that she should trust them, Coulson gives Ward a truth serum and he gives her answers to any questions that she asks.

Agents Fitz, Simmons and May go to explore the explosion site to figure out that it was some kind of lab. Their findings reveal that the explosion wasn’t from a bomb, but it was a person who was dosed with the Extremis virus (that was used in Iron Man 3).

We learn that Michael is also dosed with Extremis through a centipede like device on his arm. Michael is at home pleading with a doctor on the phone to help him after he is served with an eviction notice. He ends up going back to the factory he was let go from and pleads to his boss for his job back. When the boss says no, we see the effect that the Extremis is having on Michael and he almost kills the guy. After the incident, Michael goes to the hospital to see the woman he saved and we learn that the woman is actually a doctor from the lab and probably the one he was on the phone with. She warns him that he is going to lose his mind, just like the last guy.

The team is scrambling to find Michael and help him before he does kill someone. Skye and Agent May go to Skye’s van to get some footage she got of the lab and Michael ends up knocking the agent out and makes Skye use her hacker skills to wipe out all of his information so he can start a new life.

Michael, his son and Skye end up at Union Station where the S.H.I.E.L.D team is already in place to stop him. To make matters worse, someone has sent a third party to kill Michael before he can tell anybody about Centipede. Coulson manages to calm Michael down and Ward shoots him with something, created by FitzSimmons, to disable his powers. It is a job well done by the team and after Coulson and Skye drop off Michael’s son at a relative’s home, Coulson tries to persuade Skye to join S.H.I.E.L.D.  

It was questionable whether Joss Whedon could transfer the success of The Avengers over to television, but it shouldn’t be questionable now. This pilot was pretty entertaining. The plot was enjoyable, the agents have good chemistry, the gadgets were fun, the action was cool, Clark Gregg is always amusing and it had some great cameos from not only the Avengers world, but also from the Whedon world (Ron Glass, Shepherd Book of Firefly, as Dr. Streiten!). Which, with How I Met Your Mother in its last season, here is to hoping that Cobie Smulders joins the team full time as Agent Hill.

I don’t think you need to be a Marvel fan to enjoy this show either. Although they mention the Avengers, it seems like they are going to try to keep S.H.I.E.L.D as its own entity. This show is definitely going to be worth watching every week. Hopefully they will add more surprise guests (Nick Fury for one), answer more questions surrounding Centipede and get to the bottom of the mysterious reappearance of Agent Coulson.

By TV geek Erin

About the author

Erin is an avid tv watcher; Castle, The Office, Fringe, Once Upon a Time, Vampire Diaries, Cougar Town and Game of Thrones among her favorites. She also likes to go to the movies, write, try new places to eat at and travel to new destinations. Follow her on Twitter @erninlow.

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