Did you watch ABC/Marvel’s new venture, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D last Tuesday? Not only were Marvel fans anticipating the premiere, but so were fellow Joss Whedon fans as this represents his first return to TV since Dollhouse, as well since his success with the Avengers movie.
Being a Whedon fan I promptly put butt in chair at 7PM CST and was prepared for a treat. Unfortunately, I missed the first 5 seconds or so, which totally threw things off for me. I try not to imbibe any hype, but I couldn’t help but know that Agent Coulson was in the cast–this made me assume the timeline was before the Battle of New York. And since I missed the first bit, I didn’t realize that my assumption was wrong until later and it had me scrambling and confused. From there it made it difficult for me to get into it and follow the plot. I enjoyed the references I caught, though not being a comic book reader, I’m sure I missed tons. Anyway, at the end I was feeling a bit underwhelmed and was disappointed that was the case. But, I told myself this is Whedon, his series are always character-driven and it takes a while for that to build, so I planned to stick to it.
I planned to rewatch it, to see if that made a difference, but assumed it wouldn’t and my initial plan for this post was to discuss the danger of paying too much attention to inside jokes in genre and not enough to character development and plot. See, I’d read reviews after, and a lot of Marvel fans were saying they giggled the whole way through at all the references. This is great for them, but if it doesn’t help make it accessible to those ‘not in the know’ and just makes it Marvel-porn. (Wait, wait, don’t get your panties in a twist, stay with me).
So I rewatched it and am relieved to say that this post will not be about that–I really enjoyed it. The plot was engaging, as were the characters, and I had a smile on my face the whole time. So really, the lesson is simple really: get in front of the TV a few minutes early. I’m usually really strict about this–I won’t go see a movie if I miss the beginning. And I really was in my chair with TV on at 7 on the dot, but that crucial 5 seconds made a difference for me.
So did you watch it? What did you think? What were your favorite in jokes? Will you be tuning in tomorrow?