MILD SPOILERAGE AHEAD:
The first online review of the pilot episode of Marvel‘s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. series was just posted today on Poptimal:
“Whedon has found the perfect balance of Marvel and his trademark witty dialogue with S.H.I.E.L.D. The world is very Marvel, with callbacks and references littered throughout the episode, but the dialogue and ensemble delivers everything you love about Whedon.
In order to track down the hooded hero, Coulson (Clark Gregg) puts together a specialized mobile team – Agent Grant Ward, Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). With the help of Skye, who is brought in by Coulson, the agents are able to learn more about Michael; how he got his powers and the threat he poses if gone unchecked.
With a strong cast and smart script, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. delivers a smart, action-packed thrill ride.”
Grade – 9.0
The review goes on to reveal further details, like the sale of scavenged Chitauri technology on the black market, and the confirmation of Cobie Smulders’ cameo.
J. August Richards is singled out for his excellent performance, unfortunately he seems to be playing an original character, not anyone from Marvel canon.
Still, all in all, it looks like everything we’ve been hoping for, and a worthy televised successor to the popular and critical success of The Avengers film.