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S.H.I.E.L.D. puts together a special team, led by Agent Phil Coulson, to track down a mysterious man with special abilities and the young computer hacker that's encouraging him to reveal himself to the world.

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S.H.I.E.L.D. puts together a special team, led by Agent Phil Coulson, to track down a mysterious man with special abilities and the young computer hacker that's encouraging him to reveal himself to the world.

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Leo Fitz: Whoa whoa whoa! Watch it! That's the night-night gun.
Jemma Simmons: Well it's on my stuff and it doesn't work and there's no way we're calling it the night-night gun.
Leo Fitz: The bullets work. Non-lethal, heavy stopping power, break up under the sub-cutaneous tissue...
Jemma Simmons: Oh, with a dose of only .1 microliters of dendrotoxin. I'm not Hermione. I can't create instant paralysis with that.
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Not A Very Good Pilot...
25 September 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I read somewhere that this show had the highest viewer ship for a paid TV drama pilot in the last 4 years, and it is obvious why. Marvel has created an interesting and fantastic franchise, and a television show based off the SHIELD organization is a great concept. It is obvious from the production value that the show has a high budget, and a ton of effort must have gone into the first episode. The sets and props look fantastic, and the special effects are actually really good.

Unfortunately, my praise ends here. Every other aspect of the Pilot is average at best, and in the end the show fails to live up to the hype and quality that the Marvel movies have achieved. There are two main reasons for this; the writing and the acting. The writers had a good idea. Get a group of young SHIELD agents together, and show the daily adventures of these agents as they fight to hide and assist the many "hero's and monsters." Its such a good concept that it is hard to get it wrong, but they do. The story of this episode is very much an introduction to the characters (as most pilots are), but the plot seems to wonder and jump from place to place with little overall plot being laid out. This is only a minor issue this early in the show, but still doesn't help to improve this specific episode. Of course with this type of television show, the most important thing is to have deeply interesting characters, as we are expected to spend hours with them. Unfortunately, each of these agents are written have the same sarcastic, slightly humorous personalities. In the end, they all seem like the same characters in different bodies. This would be bad on its own, but it is worse because the joke attempts fall flat every time. When a characters only interesting quality is the humour, it should at least generate a chuckle from the audience if it hopes to succeed. This is especially obvious with characters like Skye, who is written to be so over the top it is almost awkward to watch.

Some of the blame can be placed on the actors as well. I love it when they cast unknown actors because it allows the actors to really become the characters without being related back to previous roles. But the actors have to be good as well, and none of the agents can pull off the role. They don't have a lot to work with because of the bland writing, but it is still obvious that they are quite amateur.

Despite these two major issues, there is still some interesting action and visuals, and the concept can still go places, but this leaves us with a show that is only average, and I really don't see an only average show surviving for very long. It is much too soon to say whether this show will stand the test of time or not. Who knows, maybe in the next couple of episodes the characters will find their place and the story will start to go places. But for now, my expectations have been lowered greatly (not that they were that high to begin with after the trailers). I give this episode a 4/10


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