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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. Hunter Green

    Hunter Green Curmudgeon

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    They could have had Skye make a BttF comment and Coulson correct her, but maybe they didn't have time.

    I enjoyed all the Whedon wit and humor. The story felt like a promise of something, not an actual something; maybe that'll turn out to be bad, but I don't think so. I think it's better than every pilot that tries to cram in the highest possible stakes and biggest set pieces in with the exposition and just ends up overburdened.

    Sound editing needs work. The soundtrack was too high too often.

    Introducing a super-powerful truth serum in the first episode's not necessarily a good idea; now he's going to have to periodically write excuses why it can't be used to solve the problem of the week. Don't think it was worth that, just for that one gag and twist.
     
  2. MonsterJoe

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    Watched it last night. It was pretty good. I didn't shut it off, which means something, since I have about a million other things I want to be doing at any given time.

    I do like how this is the same Universe as the movie.
     
  3. dianebrat

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    We're going to have a big crowd in this section of the room :)
     
  4. mr.unnatural

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    Ellicott...
    I watched it. I liked it. I think a lot of people were expecting it to be a huge blockbuster show like The Avengers movie. The more I think about it, the more it makes sense how they started the series. You don't want to start off with a blockbuster opening because then there'd be nowhere to go but down. I think Whedon is just throwing us a big enough bone to keep us coming back so he can build things up as the show develops.

    The one thing that departed from the movie is that they make it seem like Coulson's group is the focal point of S.H.I.E.L.D. and not so much a huge organization, which, of course, everyone knows is not the case. I expect the show will concentrate mainly on this small group, but I think they also need to expose us to the entire S.H.I.E.L.D. universe along the way.

    I'm in for the duration. I'm another Whedon groupie so that alone is enough to keep me interested. I also grew up with Marvel comics back in the 60's. I'm still kicking myself for selling my collection of early Marvel comics back in the 70's. I could have put both my kids through college with the money they're worth today.
     
  5. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    That's a problem with the show for me, all those girls kinds of look alike and I kept getting confused who was who. It was ok, but a bit boring. It's a pilot so I'll allow for that. SP set, but tenuous for now.
     
  6. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    How did they do that? As you say, this was one small outfit within SHIELD. I never got the impression that it was anything else.

    I certainly haven't gotten the impression that Maria Hill and Nick Fury are just sitting their twiddling their thumbs waiting to hear what Coulson's been up to!
     
  7. dcheesi

    dcheesi ...I'm not.

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    I was actually wondering how this is going to play in a post-Snowden world. I think they did a pretty good job of defusing the "MIB" creepiness, but part of me still feels like it's almost propaganda for the NSA at this point (realizing it wasn't designed that way of course).

    What, do you want the show to get cancelled?!?! ;)

    I can see the point, though; while there's clearly a larger organization, there's a danger that in focusing everything on this team, it won't feel like there's a larger organization at work.

    One thing that bugged me along those lines here was when they investigated the crime scene. It didn't look like it had been touched, yet there were no barriers up either. There should have been cops or MIB or something keeping a perimeter, at least, but we saw nothing.
     
  8. late for dinner

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    Not having a comic book flavor works for me. My wife seemed to enjoy the show although she claimed she was indifferent :) I liked it so far.
     
  9. loubob57

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    There was still a burnt body in there! You'd think that would have been carted off by the medical examiner.
     
  10. Queue

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    Was there a quick scene when Gunn punched the door off the van that the door came flying at Coulson and it looked like he dodged it with super-human speed/reflexes?

    Also that phrase about Tahiti that Coulson kept saying sounded like some sort of trigger that someone would use instead of a typical one-liner you would expect from Whedon.

    I saw someone mentioned LMD earlier in the thread and not being a comic person I wasn't sure what that was so I googled it and that almost seems where they're going with it.
     
  11. allan

    allan Just someone TCF Club

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    This has potential. So far, I like it.
     
  12. loubob57

    loubob57 Cancer sucks! TCF Club

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    I think this may be significant.
     
  13. ehusen

    ehusen Geek not Nerd

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    I too love Amy Acker and we watch POI. Just watched the season opener and the final scene with her and her psychiatrist gave me chills. She is really a good actress.
     
  14. Dirk Legume

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    Save me a seat please.
     
  15. Maui

    Maui Major Lee Oblivious

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    She has really been great in POI!
     
  16. kettledrum

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    Not everyone. I have no clue. I'm not familiar with any of the comic book stuff. As such, I immediately called back to BTTF with the flying car.
     
  17. TheSlyBear

    TheSlyBear Opinionated Walrus TCF Club

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    I liked it a lot. My partner was more "Meh+", but he also pointed out "Sort of what you expect from a pilot". We'll keep watching.

    Some of the technology scenes had me rolling my eyes, but then I reminded myself "it's a comic book -- let it go" and was able to enjoy it.

    Some of the dialog made me laugh out loud.

    My only annoyance is the Wonder Twins whom I can hardly understand given their thick accents and the pace at which they speak.
     
  18. gweempose

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    Every time they were on the screen, I kept thinking how much better the Topher character was on Dollhouse. I can understand why Joss went another direction, though. The idea of a geeky tech genius has become so cliche and overused (i.e. Birkhoff on Nikita or Felicity on Arrow).
     
  19. zordude

    zordude WDW Fan TCF Club

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    I don't even remember them having accents... were they british accents? I watch a LOT of british TV so maybe i'm more acclimated.
     
  20. mr.unnatural

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    Ellicott...
    We all know it's part of a larger organization. However, anyone not familar with the comics or hasn't seen The Avengers movie may get a different impression. I realize it's just the first episode and no doubt the storyline will spill over to the rest of the organization. It just seemed like the first episode was severely compartmentalized and some folks might not realize that.

    Defense rests, your honor. :D
     

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