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Friday, June 13, 2014

TV Review:Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD

Premise:A team of specially-trained agents with troubled pasts investigate strange phenomenon and fight evil, some of it within.

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, J. August Richards as Mike Peterson, B.J. Britt as Agent Triplett, Saffron Burrows as Victoria Hand, Bill Paxton as John Garrett, Ruth Negga as Raina, David Conrad as Ian Quinn, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill

Genres:Sci-fi, fantasy, action, drama

Notes:This is my second review of the show. Takes place after Avengers and runs parallel to the films. Poster taken from and belongs to Marvel.

Pros:The overall story. Character development. Good villains.

Cons:A mediocre start. Twists that may ruin your favorite characters.

Coulson lives! Not only that, he has his own team and a giant plane now.

The show's start is underwhelming - so much my first review was largely negative. The characters are bland or unlikable and the quality is average at best. But it makes up for it later on with the overall plot. The seemingly disconnected first few episodes are just the set-up for something bigger. In fact, most of my original complaints become less and less relevant as the show goes on.

Over time, the characters I didn't like to start got better. We find out more about who they are, what happened to them. Abusive family members, massacres, coming back from the dead, it's rarely good.

I feel I should warn you there are a few twists regarding a few characters. The reactions I've heard have been mixed. Depending on how much you like the particular characters, it will either make them more interesting or ruin them. It's not as bad as say, Iron Man 3, but still.

One of the best things about it are the villains, both one-shots and recurring. We've got manipulators, wannabe conquerors, stalkers, good men forced into bad situations, and more. They're entertaining to watch and have plenty of variety.

Overall, I would definitely recommend it.

Sex:Characters have sex, usually shown after the fact. Also some suggestively dressed women and shirtless guys. Characters make sexual references, some veiled while others aren't.
One of the villains is an alien capable of seducing any man. Others are stalkers. A man mocks a woman about a sexual relationship they had. The same guy makes a sexist remark about a female agent being just eye candy.

Violence:Alien tech and super-drugs cause destruction and death. People fight, get vaporized and burned, fall from great heights, get thrown by extra-strong people, use guns, etc. Things blow up, of course. Some of the fights get a little brutal. In one case, a woman's head is nearly run into a rotating saw and a man's foot is nailed to the floor.

Language:G*d, b**ch, b**tard, h*ll, a**, d**n, etc.

Drugs/Alcohol:As mentioned, characters are given super-drugs. A few alcoholic drinks.

Spiritual:Religious references here and there. Asgardians (aliens mistaken by humans for gods) are talked about. Characters talk about death and what comes after.
The most notable spiritual stuff would be in an episode when Skye talks to a woman who believes God has abandoned her. Skye says she doesn't really believe in Him and the nuns at the foster kids' shelter she was in scared children with tales of God's wrath. Something she remembers is one of them saying God is love, which she likes even though she thinks it's sappy.

So what did you think?

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