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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.


Joss Whedon


Stan Lee (based on the Marvel comics by), Jack Kirby (based on the Marvel comics by) | 6 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Clark Gregg ... Phil Coulson
Ming-Na Wen ... Melinda May
Brett Dalton ... Grant Ward
Chloe Bennet ... Skye
Iain De Caestecker ... Leo Fitz
Elizabeth Henstridge ... Jemma Simmons
J. August Richards ... Mike Peterson
Shannon Lucio ... Debbie
Ron Glass ... Dr. Streiten
Bob Stephenson ... Gary
Cobie Smulders ... Maria Hill
Ajani Wrighster Ajani Wrighster ... Ace Peterson
Aaron Behr ... Angry Man
Nicole J. Butler ... Aunt Mindy
Sarah Dumont ... Beautiful Woman


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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24 September 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Maria Hill: What does S.H.I.E.L.D. stand for, Agent Ward?
Grant Ward: Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.
Maria Hill: And what does that mean to you?
Grant Ward: It means someone really wanted our initials to spell out "shield." It means we're the line between the world and the much weirder world. We protect people from news they aren't ready to hear. And when we can't do that, we keep them safe.
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28 July 2017 | by jhudson-11704See all my reviews

When Marvel said that they were going to create a TV show in tandem with their movies, I got pretty excited. This could easily allow for future links, more characters and solve any plot holes that come up during the movies while also giving great characters and stories. And they sort of did that with the first episode of Agents of Shield.

With the characters, they first start off with bringing back a fan favorite, Phil Coulson, who died in the Avengers. That can be a great story explaining what exactly happened that brought him back. And he proved that he's a great character and good leader in this episode. His line "Don't ever tell me there's no way", I felt, was very powerful. With the other characters, Fitz and Simmons seem like a lot of fun as the science duo that make such a great pairing. Ward is just your basic secret agent and I don't see much for him other than being the trigger man and muscle. May actually really caught my attention cause our first scene with her she is quiet and sort of mysterious. Then she shows she's a complete badass when she stopped a guy from shooting Skye. There's so much more of her we can explore and I really want to see. Skye, however, was an annoying character as it really seemed she was trying a bit too hard to be funny and carefree but also a good person.

The guest characters I liked. It was pretty awesome having Hill there as a link to the Avengers and Richards' Mike Peterson was very relatable and easy to like as a superpowered man trying to find his place in the world. The fact that some of where his power came from was Extremis made that even better as to how something very recent can be linked to the show and actually effect the plot.

I will say the effects were pretty good, with the set design for the bus, and the appearance of it anyway. The explosions and holographic projections were also very good for a television show.

While this show does have its mishaps, quirks and low parts, I am looking forward to more episodes.

+ Main cast esp. Coulson, May, FitzSimmons + Connections to MCU + Great guest actors + Effects were well done - Some characters didn't work esp. Ward, Skye - A bit too much references to MCU though

Final Score 7.4/10

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