If you caught our Fall TV episode of “Hard NOC Life,” then you know how excited the Nerds are for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — which makes its premiere on ABC tonight at 8pm ET. (Coincidentally, today marks the blu-ray release of Iron Man 3 from Disney as well. Corporate synergy at its finest, folks!)
Fortunately, our friend — and honorary Nerd of Color — Jeff Yang scored himself a screener of tonight’s pilot episode and wanted to share his first impressions of the show. After the jump, check out his initial thoughts on the latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic (Televised?) Universe, also posted at Medium.com.
Hill: “What does S.H.I.E.L.D. stand for?”
Ward: “Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.”
Hill: “And what does that mean to you?”
Ward: “It means someone REALLY wanted our initials to spell out ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’”
AoS is going to have every single fanboy and fangirl who loves the Marvel Cinematic Universe falling in love all over again — I guarantee it. Having a show centered around Agent Coulson, who brings an entirely new and fresh flavor to the superspy, was brilliant. And, of course, there’s the patented Whedonesque dialogue — smarter than it needs to be, but never self-consciously so, and always tightly mapped to character.
The Agents don’t drop quips just to generate quotable one-liners, in terrible ‘80s Schwarzenegger style; they say witty things because they’re believably witty people, with an inner life that’s about more than just fisticuffs, gizmos and gunslinging.
Looking forward to seeing how the team evolves, and where the series goes. But for now, anyway, buckle up: This helicarrier is going places.
Also, this tweet:
Weird to be saying this, but there's more social justice commentary in the 1st episode of #AgentsofSHIELD than the entire rest of primetime.
— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) September 23, 2013