Note:After watching the show for a while, I've felt more and more conflicted about this review. I have decided instead of deleting or editing it, I will leave it up as an initial impression and possibly post another review later.
Another note:My second review is now up.
Premise:Members of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division band together to investigate strange happenings.
Cast:Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May, Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons
Genres:Sci-fi, fantasy, action, drama
Notes:Takes place after the events of the Phase One Marvel films. Poster taken from Rotten Tomatoes and belongs to ABC.
Pros:A cool plane and technology. The third episode's BAM! Did you see that? ending. The Thor:The Dark World tie-in episodes.
Cons:Flat characters and storylines. Mediocre acting. Needs more super-powered people.
During the alien attack on New York, Agent Phil Coulson died in action... or did he? Meanwhile, Grant Ward, a highly trained agent who sticks close to protocol has been brought in. He often takes issue with non-agent Skye, a hacktivist who starts out as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s enemy. I've little doubt they'll end up a couple. Completing their team are Melinda May, who's annoyed about being brought out of retirement, and Fitz-Simmons, a pair of enthusiastic young scientists.
If you're expecting a lot of superpowers, don't hold your breath. A couple have shown up, but the focus seems to be mostly on dangerous and unusual technology. That's unfortunate, because the episodes centered on "gifted" individuals tend to be more interesting.