The much-anticipated series begins where the film Marvel’s The Avengers left off following the epic battle of New York. The scene is set and the world now knows there are both heroes and monsters living among them.
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The opening sequence involves an unemployed father walking down the street with his son. All of a sudden an explosion and fire ignites in the building behind them. Michael Peterson (aka The Hooded Hero) climbs the back side of the building then jumps out of the window on the top floor rescuing a lady from the fire. The whole thing is caught on video by a
photographer blogger rebel hacker named Skye (Chloe Bennet) thus setting up the episode.
Next we find out Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) was NOT killed in Avengers’ movie. Director Fury orchestrated a fake death to motivate the Avengers. I guess that is one way to make sure you get a notable star and character attached to the show. Coulson immediately starts putting together his new team recruiting Agent Ward (Brett Dalton) and Agent May (Ming-Na Wen).
SHIELD‘s mission is to find the “Hooded Hero” in an effort to contain him in fear that potentially evil powers will track him down and exploit his powers.
However, we learn that Michael’s power is artificially induced by a doctor via a phone conversation and we get our first glimpse of the “centipede.” Next, Michael returns back to the factory he was laid off after an injury and pleads for his job back. When his former boss informs him there is nothing that can be done a dark rage overtakes (clearly as a result of the artificial power) and leads him to attack leaving his boss in critical condition.
Moving along, we find out the women Michael rescued in the opening sequence was in fact the doctor that provided him with the centipede strength technology when he visits her in the hospital recovery area. We find out he was not the first test subject and in fact the last subject snapped and blew up. In fear of being exposed she urges him to disappear. The main question we’re all asking at this point is who does the doctor work for? This serves to be the antagonist for the SHIELD group all season. The SHIELD scientist identifies that the centipede device attached to Michael is designed to explode and the first test subject didn’t snap. This springs the team into action in an effort to capture him before he hurts himself or others.
I’ll let you watch and see how things play out. Although, be warned it is pretty by the book. The teaser preview (possibly the most interesting 2 minutes of the evening) for the rest of the season focuses on the 5 recruited team members coming together and places a specific emphasis on catching the end of each episode. Is this simply a ploy to make us watch all the way to the end or will something from each episode tie together down the road?
1. I’m not sold on this show yet. There was a lot of hype leading up to the premiere, especially among fan boys and I found the premiere underwhelming. There was little excitement and the dialogue was a bit corny. Perhaps things will sharpen up in the upcoming episodes now that all the characters have been introduced.
2. If you tune expecting to see the Avengers you are in for a big disappointment. The easiest way I can describe the show is Heroes + Undercovers + Smallville.
3. I’m all for the secret agency with super weapons and technology, however the flying car was over the top. Also, is Robin from How I Met Your Mother really the division director? How they use her moving forward is something to keep an eye on.
4. The opening episode focused mostly on introducing the team and characters. We did not get to meet the true antagonist thus leaving the show’s direction up in the air. I would have preferred at least a flash clip of the villain or opposing group. Hopefully we get this early in episode two.
5. I’m going to apply my rule of 3 to this series. I’ll allow myself to watch the first three episodes good or bad. However, if they can’t hook me and bring me in more than the premiere episode did then I’ll likely discontinue watching.
What did everyone else think?