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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 9/24/2013 (S01E01) "Pilot"

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by dswallow, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. Sep 25, 2013 #61 of 197
    Bill Reeves

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    1. The island I think you are referring to is Fiji, not Figi.
    b. The one they actually mentioned in the pilot is Tahiti, not Fiji. ;)
     
  2. Sep 25, 2013 #62 of 197
    Rob Helmerichs

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    It was such a direct lift from the 60s SHIELD comics, I wouldn't be surprised if nobody was thinking BTTF at all...

    I know the moment Lola appeared on screen, my first thought was "I wonder if she flies?" And Whedon's an even bigger geek than I am.
     
  3. Sep 25, 2013 #63 of 197
    busyba

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    Grrr, arrgh.
     
  4. Sep 25, 2013 #64 of 197
    busyba

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    I think "nobody" is pushing it. I never read the comics, and I would wager that a significant percentage of the viewers hadn't either.

    And I would also bet that a good chunk of those people (the ones who haven't read the comics) have seen BTTF.
     
  5. Sep 25, 2013 #65 of 197
    Rob Helmerichs

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    By "nobody," I meant among the people who made the show, who put the flying car in it. And I suspect they had Kirby & Steranko on the brain, not Back to the Future...especially Whedon.
     
  6. Sep 25, 2013 #66 of 197
    dirtypacman

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    Disappointment overall. It did not carry enough comic book flavor for me. The jokes were decent and well placed but a bit over the top and somewhat flat at times. The special affects were good, character development was so-so, overall story line all over the place. I was expecting more from the Premiere as it did not pull me in like the show Heroes (much better done in my opinion).

    We shall see after another week, if it does not start to come together better its off the rotation.
     
  7. Sep 25, 2013 #67 of 197
    Ereth

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    SHIELD has has flying cars since the 1960s. Back to the Future was not the first place where the wheels turned out like that.

    http://theamazoeffect.blogspot.com/2012/12/shield-flying-cars.html

    Edit: I seem to have missed a page where this was discussed, but they didn't have the cool link. :)

    Oh yeah, and lets not forget that we actually saw Starks prototype for this in the Captain America movie.
     
  8. Sep 25, 2013 #68 of 197
    terpfan1980

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    If you're his *****, I'm his huckleberry. I'm definitely in for as long as it runs, assuming it doesn't turn to total crap (ala Heroes, beyond an episode or two prior to the conclusion of the first season :( :eek: :mad: )
     
  9. Sep 25, 2013 #69 of 197
    scooterboy

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    So is this the basic plan for this show: this non-super-powered team investigates and neutralizes super-powered people? Or will some of them join the team? Or become heroes elsewhere?

    I never really read any SHIELD stories in the comics so I have no idea.
     
  10. Sep 25, 2013 #70 of 197
    betts4

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    They made me a bit dizzy and hard to follow - maybe it's a get used to them thing.

    As for Whedon's 'regular's' - maybe they will pop up from time to time.
     
  11. Sep 25, 2013 #71 of 197
    Rob Helmerichs

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    I suspect it will be non-powered spies, with ridiculously cool gear, fighting evil in a world filled with aliens and monsters and superheroes.
     
  12. Sep 25, 2013 #72 of 197
    scandia101

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    Not bad. I'll keep watching just because I like the genre.
     
  13. Sep 25, 2013 #73 of 197
    LoadStar

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    I think the gotcha with the car is that there were so many things that directly mirrored the end of BTTF, from the wheels swiveling down, to the way the car lifted off, flew away from the camera, did a U-turn, then flew back into the camera. Yes, SHIELD had the flying car before BTTF, we will readily grant, but the way they depicted it here was very, very reminiscent of BTTF.
     
  14. Sep 25, 2013 #74 of 197
    Ereth

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    You can argue the flight path if you want, but the wheels swiveling down and lifting off like that is exactly how Kirby (and later, Steranko) drew it in the SHIELD comics.

    I'll grant that the "we don't need roads" comment popped into my head, too, but you can't really expect a SHIELD TV show not to use SHIELD tropes just because someone else used them later, can you?

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  15. Sep 25, 2013 #75 of 197
    smak

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    Wouldn't you do that with the tires in any flying car to reduce drag?

    -smak-
     
  16. Sep 25, 2013 #76 of 197
    busyba

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    Ah, okay... I thought you meant the viewers.
     
  17. Sep 25, 2013 #77 of 197
    Fl_Gulfer

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    Whedon could do a blank screen with dialog and I'm in.
     
  18. Sep 25, 2013 #78 of 197
    DeDondeEs

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    Yeah and they sure dedicated a large amount of space on that plane to having an interrogation room.
     
  19. Sep 25, 2013 #79 of 197
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Right, and clearly that's not the case (that the viewers would have been thinking about the comics). But what the producers intended and how the viewers interpreted it are, I would argue most strenuously, two entirely different things.
     
  20. Sep 25, 2013 #80 of 197
    janry

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    I'm going to watch this eventually but only because I know Sheldon and Leonard will discuss it a lot and I want to know what they are talking about.
     

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