Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1
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The mind-blowing saga that began in MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS continues in ABC's action-packed series, MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON. In the wake of The Battle of New York, the world has changed forever. An extraordinary landscape of wonders has been revealed! In response, mysteriously resurrected Agent Phil Coulson assembles an elite team of skilled agents and operatives: Melinda May, Grant Ward, Leo Fitz, Jemma Simmons and new recruit/computer hacker Skye. Together, they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. But every answer unearths even more tantalizing questions that reverberate across the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe: Who is "The Clairvoyant"? What is Hydra's sinister master plan; what dark secret lies behind Skye's puzzling origins; and most importantly of all, who can be trusted? Start your collection and relive all 22 thrilling episodes as you unravel mysteries, discover cool gadgets and meet iconic Marvel characters. Then, achieve Level 7 clearance and delve deeper as you explore newly declassified bonus features with this must-own set!
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The show starting off slow is really to the benefit of people who aren't comic book fans, and fans of the movies. Of course if you loved Coulson in the movies, so much the better. But really the series tries to slowly immerse the viewer in the universe before plunging you in the deep end toward the end of the season. The SHIELD in this show is a bit different from the SHIELD in the comic books too, so going slow at first might help comic book fans as well. In the SHIELD comic books Director Fury (and later Directors of SHIELD) is at the helm of many missions, the Director of SHIELD is mostly not around in this show- so you have to get use to that idea. Later seasons have a Director, but this is about season 1- so stay focused, I'm not talking about later seasons here! :-)
The casting is really good, especially Clark Gregg (who really carries the show the first few episodes). You really start to love the characters these actors portray, and the twists and turns will be gut wrenching after you get immersed in it. This show is a good break and fill in between the movies. But if you don't watch the movies the tv show isn't dependant upon the details from the movies, the same is true for the movies not being dependant upon the details from the tv show. Watching all of them together opens up a lot more into the Marvel Universe however, so I highly recommend watching them together during a marathon of Marvel U movies. Whether you're a fan of the show or not, I don't think anyone can deny that the details in the show really do give more depth to the movies.
This is not a show to watch with small children, there is nothing terrible in it. But small children might not understand, and could be frightened by some of the story. This is great for older children, pre-teens and teenagers. This show really appeals to adults of all ages, I don't know why movie studios aren't paying attention- these movies, and tv shows are bringing in a wide age range of audiences. There is a little bit of something for everyone; action, adventure, high tech gadgets, a little bit of romance and jealousy, and just enough girl power! In the end this is a very uniting show.
I didn't expect a large bulk of the season to be the mystery of how Coulsen is alive and walking about when he was killed in The Avengers. Tying in with the Captain America movies, the villanous organization Hydra is looking to get the miracle cure of Coulsen & use it for themselves. Behind the rebirth of the Nazi organization is a mystery man known as the Clairvoyant who seems to know everything except for how Coulsen survived. Joining him as his right-hand is a lovely black woman named Raina (Preacher's Ruth Negga) in a an Asian flower print dress he calls Flowers.
If you could imagine where the season is headed, one member of the team is a secret Hydra operative.
While many are familiar with Coulsen and Nick Fury (who appears in two episodes), all of the agents are new to audiences. There is Sky, a former hacker, who is recruited to join SHIELD, a bad-ass agent named Melinda May, two agents from the UK, Fitz & Simmons, the muscle agent Grant Ward and assorted other SHIELD agents who pop up along the season.
Part of the arc of the season is a man with super-powers named Michael Peterson who becomes known as DeathLok, a tool of Hydra, played by Angel's J. August Richards. Yes, the mystery of how Coulsen is alive is somewhat explained, but it opens up even more questions. It is very good to see the talented Ruth Negga in something besides Preacher. I am now watching Season 2.
Watch the Marvel movies and watch this show to see how fun things get with the material.