For the last few weeks I’ve been discussing mostly comic book stuff without actually talking about comic books. That might rub some people the wrong way. To you folks I say….too bad. Comics are too expensive to keep up with. Heck even the one I was buying, the “Smallville” digital comic, which sold for a buck became too expensive. I mostly keep up with comic storylines through wikis or other mediums.
By now you’re probably wondering what the hell I am talking about here. I’m going to talk about one of the coolest shows on TV right now, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” This might be the best show you’re not watching. I’m not going to start doing reviews on every comic book show out there. I tried it before and it’s not my bag so I’ll just tell you why you should be watching it.
I’ll start off with the latest episode of “MAoS” in which Lady Sif of “Thor” made an appearance. That’s pretty bad-ass in its own right. Jamie Alexander played the role perfectly and it gave her more room to shine than in the movies. The writers wrote the perfect episode because while her appearing on the show was pretty big news, she didn’t completely take over. She fit in perfectly with the world that the show has created.
Speaking of that world, “MAoS” takes place within the cinematic “Marvel Universe.” Lady Sif appearing was the first anvil to drop from that world but there have been small references to the movies. The show takes places after the events in “The Avengers” which is just referred to as “New York.” Asgardians, Chitauri, Bucky Barnes, the Kree, Emil Blonsky and old Wing Tips himself have all been mentioned on the show. Oh yeah I forgot about Thor. Agent Coulson considers him a good friend. Go figure. Anyways the show relied on the fact that it took place within that universe in the early goings but it’s beginning to find its own path.
While it’s cool that the show takes place in the same universe as Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk, it appeared that the writers forgot there was a whole “other” Marvel universe to explore. I’m talking about the comics here. “MAoS” has introduced its own version of Deathlok and has set up origins for the villains Blizzard and Graviton. That’s a pretty awesome set-up for future episodes or seasons. While some properties are off limits (Spidey, any X-Men or the Fantastic Four) there are tons of other characters that they can dig into. Netflix is going to be working with Marvel in creating mini-episodes for other characters like Luke Cage, Spider-Woman and Iron Fist I believe, so those might be off-limits as well. It’s understandable that the show might be hesitant to showcase lesser known characters but it need only look at Marvel’s history of doing exactly that. Marvel took a gamble with Iron Man because he wasn’t one of the more popular characters and that turned out freaking awesome. Granted a majority of that was because of Robert Downey Jr. but still. They also took Doc Ock and made him into an awesome character for “Spider-Man 2.” My point is it’s doable if you present it right and you get the right actor.
As far as the main cast of the show goes, it works for me for the most part. The show is kind of meant to be viewed through the newcomer of the team’s eyes, Skye. She’s a computer hacker who gets recruited by Coulson because she’s super awesome at hacking or whatever it’s called and for reasons that you need watch. She’s kind of annoying sometimes. All of the other characters are awesome. Ming-Na Wen is kicks ass as Melinda May. I mean she literally kicks ass plus she’s really hot. Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge make up “FitzSimmons.” They are two people who make up the science part of the team who get labeled together. I think these characters have grown the most since the first episode and are pleasant to watch. Brett Dalton rounds out the team as Agent Ward. He’s like the James Bond of the show. No need to talk about Coulson because we all know he’s kick-ass.
If you need some filler between movies check out “MAoS.” Trust me you won’t be disappointed. I guarantee that you’ll be wanting to see these people in the movies instead of seeing the movie superstars on the show. It’s that good.