Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is a new television series. It revolves around a government agency designed to protect the world against the new threat of super-powered beings. The team was brought together to be the first on site for any new, unique, or unidentified object or person that has the potential to harm the people of Earth. Under the direction of Agent Phil Coulson, a special agent who has been in the organization for years and has had several encounters with the “Super Heroes” known as the Avengers.
It is a new series, and has officially been picked up for a full season. I have grown really fond of the show. It is a continuation/spin-off of The Avengers. I can somewhat relate to the character of Fitz in the sense of being socially awkward and a genius. I know, ain’t I modest? But seriously, and I know it is a work of fiction, I want to work for SHIELD.
The team consists of:
- Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) – special agent, team leader, Field Officer, “killed” during the events of The Avengers. (I have a few theories on where they can take this story, but this post is for a particular purpose.)
- Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) – Specialist, excellent skills of combat and espionage, not really a people person.
- Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) – Administrator, expert pilot and martial artist. Used to be in the field, but resigned to desk duty
- Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) – Bio-Chemist, works closely with Fitz, loves all things science, and has a strong belief in the potential future.
- Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) – Engineer, works closely with Simmons, the two of them are inseparable and are almost always thinking the same thing.
- Skye (Chloe Bennet) – Hacker from the mysterious group called Rising Tide. Not much is known about her, but she is a very complex character.
I chose the Pilot episode, because what better place to start than at the beginning. It lays out the series. I starts the story of the agents. Thus giving us an idea of what is to come. There are plenty of unanswered questions, but I feel had the writers addressed everything, the episode would have been at least two hours long and not many people would watch past the first episode.
The show is intended more for younger men between the ages of 16 to 25. However, I personally know many older adults and young ladies who enjoy the show. I watched this episode at least three times with several young ladies. Granted, I was just there to answer questions, like “Is Coulson really dead?” and “Who is the black guy?” Those were real questions. But the fact of the matter is if a person has followed any of the Avengers’ stories, they have a niche with this show.
The episode has plenty of action from the very beginning. There is an explosion, then we have our first glimpse of a super hero. Then they skip to the agents, and we meet all the major players in the show. The female characters are extremely good looking, especially when you consider males put in similar roles in other media.
First, we have a young, British bio-chemist named Jemma Simmons, played by Elizabeth Henstridge. She’s a BIO-CHEMIST. If a male were to get this role, he would not look this good. Her clothes are form fitting. I’m not saying women can’t do this, I’m saying if the role were given to a male, it would be more of a “turn-off”.
Then we have Melinda May, played by Ming-Na Wen. She is older, but still a decent looking woman. She has been in SHIELD for years. She was – and still is – a master in hand-to-hand combat. That could explain why she looks as fit as she does. But, even then, she is still feminine looking.
And a hacker named Skye, played by Chloe Bennet. A female hacker is not very common, but has been done before. And every time, the character is gorgeous. She wears clothing that shows off her femininity.
All of these females are attractive to some degree. The male gaze is certain to notice these ladies’ appearance. The other things men would like are the cool gadgets and the action.
These women make their own choices most of the time. They are a part of a team, so they must go with the team. Simmons is a bio-chemist and works with Fitz. They make gadgets and try to work together. They argue, but they do reach a compromise. May is the most qualified of the team, behind Coulson. She does what she needs to, even if she doesn’t want to go back to the way things were. Skye is the “outsider”. She is the newest. She doesn’t play by the rules, because she doesn’t agree with the rules. She is still trying to find her place.
In the episode, Skye is interviewing Agent Ward. She takes her jacket off, to reveal her tight shirt, showing her cleavage to him.
The overall concept of this episode is to say anybody has the potential to be a hero, but also could become a villain. The audience should be called to take the appropriate actions to do the right thing with the “power” they have.
I believe that anyone with the ability to do the right thing, should. I feel this is being supported by this episode. A direct quote from Clark Gregg’s character, Agent Phil Coulson supports this: “The good ones. The real deal. They’re not heroes because of what they have that we don’t. It’s what they do with it. You’re right, Mike, it matters who you are.”
This show is for entertainment, and it is an excellent show. But I feel it has lessons to teach. There has only been three episodes at the time of this posting, but it has a lesson for each in my opinion. Check out the show. It is available on iTunes, Hulu, WatchABC, and you can probably find it any number of other places.