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Agents Of SHIELD

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Coulson! Even better, Coulson and Lola. I am completely in love with Lola, and that was even before the end, when we found out what she's really capable of. I suspect fandom will do its usual boring thing, and slash the hell out of everybody (whatever, fandom), but clearly Coulson and Lola are the only ship that counts.

It was all very Joss Whedon. I would have liked more depth, but it was only the first episode, so I must be fair. Goodness knows Buffy wasn't totally perfect from the very beginning. Also, several cast members annoyed me greatly (Skye and Ward stand up and take a bow). Although I know their names already, which is impressive. It usually takes forever to remember who everybody is. Amazed that I liked both the techie kids immediately, especially since they're basically Fred in stereo - and Lord knows I loathed Fred. They're not spending the entirety of every episode smiling sweetly at everybody, and being told how terminally lovely they are by the rest of the cast though, which may have helped. And hey, Coulson! Who is either dead and doesn't know it, or isn't actually Coulson, or who got somehow saved from being dead by Fury doing something dodgy. I don't know. I suspect Joss has come up with something good. But has he come back from the underworld with dyed hair, or was it just the weird lighting? It looked odd. And strangely brown. Sorry, probably irrelevant.

Liked the guest cast this week. I'd like to see more of J. August Richards, although probably he's not superhuman anymore now, which is a shame. Liked his collapse into growing madness and paranoia as his centipede implant went bad. I also liked Coulson's determination to save him. That unshakeable conviction in his ability to get stuff done is one of the things that made him so popular, I think. Although I could have done without five minutes of everybody smiling and nodding at each other at the end, to illustrate that the mission had been a success. Really, one smile from one person would have done it.

But Coulson! And Lola. If the show carries on in this vein, I will be very happy. A good start. I suspect that it won't have the emotional impact of Buffy or Angel, as this is 50% Joss and 50% Marvel Comics On Speed, but it does look like it's going to be fun. Insanely white cast, though. What's up with that, ABC? With the exception of Lola and May it's white all over. And I probably can't count Lola, all things considered. She is awesome though. I wonder if she'll be getting her own episode?

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heartonsnow
Sep. 26th, 2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
"What does that tell you?"

"They really wanted the letters to spell out SHIELD"

I keep seeing the trailer but am still watching endless re runs of Mock The Week.
swordznsorcery
Sep. 27th, 2013 12:39 pm (UTC)
It's going to air on Channel 4, which is good. Amazed they beat Sky, but I suppose they may have done a joint deal to get it. It most likely won't be winning any awards for deep and meaningful plotting, but it does look like it's going to be fun.

And better than "Mock The Week". :p
emeraldarrows
Sep. 27th, 2013 01:27 am (UTC)
Sounds very promising! I eventually mean to try this.
swordznsorcery
Sep. 27th, 2013 12:43 pm (UTC)
On the basis of the first episode, I recommend it. Obviously it's a bit early to know for certain, but it looks like it should be good fun. Quite a lot of scope for adventure, too, given the range of possiblities within the Marvel universe. They could be as realistic or as fantastical as they want.
lolmac
Sep. 27th, 2013 01:20 pm (UTC)
Glad to see someone else on my flist who went "yay" instead of "well, it was okay but I expected rainbow unicorns zomg!"

Skye, btw, is Asian, not white -- Thai, to be specific. So, two Asians and they aren't the same shade, not quite so white, but ffs I REALLY wish at least one of the guys had been non-white. I'd've loved for the male Science Twin to be black.

My take is that Ward and Skye are supposed to be annoying, but not essentially unlikeable. I think we're supposed to warm up to Skye, and I'm hoping they continue to make Ward the butt of a lot of sly digs.

I may make an icon of Coulson and Lola and label it OTP . . .
swordznsorcery
Sep. 27th, 2013 05:57 pm (UTC)
Well, it's early days yet. Maybe the rainbow unicorns are next week?

I think you could be right about Ward and Skye being intentionally irritating. Ward, certainly. They showed him being a bit stuck up, and then Coulson bursting his bubble, so that I'm sure is intentional. Skye could go either way though. Joss does like his hyperactive, "quirky" women.

People are moaning about Lola. Flying people are okay, but flying cars are stupid, apparently...
profshallowness
Sep. 28th, 2013 07:38 am (UTC)
I agree with you about enjoying Coulson very much, especially seeing more of his management style. I noticed hair weirdness in the final scene too although it was more the style that jumped out at me than the colour.

I liked Lola from the trailer, and I knew she had something extra about her, but was delighted by her being a flying car.

For me, it wasn't as good a start as it was for you, but there was no getting around the fact that it had a lot of piloty things to do. Still, there's a lot of potential...
swordznsorcery
Sep. 28th, 2013 06:01 pm (UTC)
It's entirely possible that I like the idea of the show more than the show itself, at least at present. There is potential though, certainly. It exists in a very rich universe. It's going to have to do a lot to live up to expectations, though.
profshallowness
Sep. 29th, 2013 07:02 am (UTC)
There is potential though, certainly. It exists in a very rich universe.

And the folk invovolved (Marvel and the Whedonites) do know how to tell a longform story/arc on TV, which should allow them to examine the universe in a way the movies can't. If they can find a way to use that to their advantage, that potential may yet be fulfilled.
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