When Joss Whedon took on his latest TV project Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we were all so excited. Whedon was back on the little screen! With Marvel! Such potential! The gist of the show was to show the inner workings of S.H.I.E.L.D., the force behind Iron Man and the Avengers, headed by Agent Phil Coulson — Nick Fury’s right-hand man who has made appearances in Thor, Iron Man, and The Avengers. The TV show dealt with inner-agency politics as well as a hero/villain of the week ripped from the comics. Such a great premise.
My son and I watched it religiously at first but then the episodes started to pile up on the DVR. It was pleasant enough, and I had lots of goodwill towards the show. It just wasn’t my fave.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier happened. Cap’s sequel came out in all its glory and … SPOILER ALERT … threw S.H.I.E.L.D. a major curve ball. The agency turned out to have been breached by Hydra, the subversive agency set on world domination (AKA: the bad guys). What a blow for Nick Fury (who died, ahem) and Phil Coulson (who also once died, ahem). The agency was disbanded and key members were forced to go underground. I was dying to see how the show would tie-in to the movie. These Marvel franchises exist in the same timeline so everything that happened in The Avengers and Winter Soldier happened in the TV show, too. It’s awesome!
I started watching the show again in April and it was fantastic. “End of the Beginning” is the tie-in episode with Winter Soldier and picks up the events of the movie: Nick Fury is dead. Agents within S.H.I.E.L.D. turn on each other. High-ranking members are revealed to be Hydra-loyal. What a hoot! The last seven episodes build to a fantastic finale that brought a tear to my eye. Great TV!
In retrospect, I can see now all that Whedon had to accomplish in the first season. Not only was he establishing his characters and getting his show up and running, he had to bide his time a bit to wait for the movie blockbusters to hit the screen so his major plot points could drop. The show has been renewed for a second season and I’m so in. If you gave up or never started — give it a try. In fact, you may as well hunker down and watch all the movies, too. Have fun!