Joss! It's Joss! He's back! Joss! On my TV! Joss!
This review is honestly a bit daunting for me. Not only do I proudly wear the label Whedonite, I also love comic books and the Marvel universe. I am not a walking encyclopedia (though I know a few) nor am I as diligent as many others (I usually catch up on my favorites during the summer), but I have deep and abiding love for the creativity, humanity, heartbreak, and genre-bending medium that comics are so rich in. And Joss plus comics? I believe the appropriate reaction is, "Asdlkfaosidnfasdf!!!!!"1
Now, I'm going to make a big assumption considering you and I are just getting acquainted. I'm going to assume that you have seen at least a couple of Marvel's blockbuster movies. Forward of me, I know.
Several elements are already in place to make this show a season must-see. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. centers on a previously established (and loved) character, Agent Phil Coulson. For anyone unaware, Coulson was introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and was so beloved by old and new fans alike, he was actually written into Marvel comic books starting in 2010. Additionally, Coulson already has a rich back story: he was on the front lines of recruiting and working with the Avengers team, a career choice that ultimately cost him his life . . . or did it? Because . . . dude . . . he has a TV show now.
For those of you confused, welcome to comics.
I could wax poetic about Coulson's dynamic with major Marvel players and Clark Gregg's career of pure Whedon/Sorkin awesomeness, but the real appeal of the show is Joss and his creative team (his brother, Jed Whedon, and Jed's wife, Maurissa Tancharoen). After all, this is the dream team that delivered us The Avengers. Judging from the preview trailer and clips, they are taking the opportunity to make S.H.I.E.L.D. more than another link in the MCU.
We've seen super humans step up and defend the world, and we've seen super bureaucrats pull strings to get their backs, but we haven't seen "unpowered" heroes making the transition into a new world of alien invasions and men who could take out an entire law enforcement agency with a flick of their wrist. S.H.I.E.L.D. fills that void. It's the behind-the-scenes look into how the Marvel world is changing, and what that means for the men and women who want to protect but don't have the super-soldier serum to do it. Additionally, these characters could easily become the audience's eyes and ears for the rapidly shifting dynamics of the MCU.
It'll be done well, too. Joss is the reigning expert at writing rich, balanced teams (both on screen and in comics) makes him the perfect show runner to widen the lens of the Marvel universe for new fans. S.H.I.E.L.D. usually provides support for the major players in Marvel comics, but Joss has decided that MCU S.H.I.E.L.D. is going to kick ass in their own right.
Coulson's new Team for Handling Really Weird Shit are going to provide us--the anxious fans--with insights about the adapted Marvel universe that we have never seen before. I can see heavy hitting episodes answering how the government finds super-powered humans, what the attitudes are towards them, and what the political fallout is from S.H.I.E.L.D.'s autonomous dealings with them.
In short, expect at witty, action-filled, and compelling show.
In very short, OMG, I'm excited!
In fangirl speak, AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
1. Astonishing X-Men, anyone?