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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

Arman R. Khan

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is not your average superhero show. It's basically about a bunch of human agents who work for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division (S.H.I.E.L.D) and go the extra mile (and sometimes halfway across the globe) to ensure the safety of the people.
But hang on, there's a major spoiler coming your way, without which, not much can be said about the series. Remember Agent Coulson who died in Avengers? He's miraculously alive, and as the first season of the show unfolds, we learn more about his “miraculous” recovery.
Now, Agent Coulson has been appointed to assemble a team of his own that will work the field missions. Coulson takes Agent May, the pilot, and the emotionally shut-down combatant, Agent Ward, the handsome guy who saves the pretty girls, alongside Fitz and Simmons, two scientists off S.H.I.E.L.D's academy, who are there to help the team with technical matters. That's a pretty competent team, right? But events in the first episode cause Coulson to take Skye, a tech-savvy orphan into the team, though she is not qualified by S.H.I.E.L.D.
The team has its very own fully-equipped aircraft, on which they live and travel all over the world, whenever any unexpected occurrence puts the people in danger. These dangers consist of mischief by mad scientists, other-worldly beings, or just trouble-making corporations. They work on one case per episode, with the overall storyline growing with the knowledge we accumulate every episode. And there is one supervillain, or so we are led to believe, called The Clairvoyant, who has caused quite a lot of trouble so far, but we are still unaware of The Clairvoyant's identity.
By the way, if you think it has none of that superhero stuff, you're mistaken. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D may not have a full time superhero being shown, but we do see some Asgardian heroes and antiheroes, but not Thor or Loki.
The first episode of the series was brilliant and very promising. However, the subsequent episodes didn't live up to expectations until after the mid-season break, when the show came back with a bang and all the episodes since have been quite a spectacle. At this point, it is safe to say that this series has a very bright future should it carry on this strongly.
The core cast of the team is brilliant. Clark Gregg does justice to the authoritative role of Agent Coulson. Ming-Na Wen, who doesn't really look her age, is indeed the perfect choice for playing Agent May. The rest of the cast is pretty good too, with Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons being especially mentionable.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is a show that displays action and drama in the right proportions and keeps the audience at the edge of their seats. The show has won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series in June last year, and has had a few nominations since. If you like action, drama and thriller, or have any interest in the Marvel Universe whatsoever, this could be the show you may grow addicted to.

Published: 12:00 am Thursday, May 01, 2014

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