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Coulson Lives! (And Shepherd Book and Charles Gunn)

I knew there was an advanced screening of Agents of SHIELD during ComicCon this summer and some of the first reviews were very positive.  That, of course, led to some anticipation on my part for tonight.

So here’s a quick review, which hopefully, will be spoiler-free.

I definitely like seeing a familiar character, like Coulson, given an opportunity in a different role, this time as the “alpha.”  Coulson is leading his own hand-selected team, post-Avengers, as a sort of investigative arm for SHIELD.  Clark Gregg definitely inhabits the role with confidence, especially after reprising it within the Marvel Universe.  However, especially with the set-up at the beginning of the show, the writers have given Coulson a little mystery, which no doubt, will be a recurring theme throughout the series.

Honestly, I didn’t know how to feel about that.  I wondered if this mystery behind Coulson would be enough for people to invest in the character.  I know I’m going to keep watching to see how they’ll tie up this “loose end,” but I’m curious to see how they’ll keep building on this question throughout the series to keep other viewers interested.  So this question is, Coulson lives, but why?

Overall, I thought the show had a nice premise, especially built off of the success of the Avengers.

But that’s what worries me a bit . . . that it was just . . . nice.

I know the show just started and only taking a single snapshot wouldn’t do it justice, especially being a fan of Whedon’s.  That’s why  I know I’ll keep giving it a shot, just because of Whedon’s track record, especially on TV.  His shows, whether he’s producing or directing, deserve a shot.

I still miss Firefly.  And I think this show does have potential.

Speaking of Firefly, it was nice seeing Ron Glass and then watching J. August Richards (Angel) show up as a “catalyst” for the plot.  It seems interesting to me how often the Whedon crew “goes to the well,” so to speak, for some of the roles they need to cast.  I know Ron Glass will be a recurring character so seeing “Shepherd Book” alive and well put a smile on my face.

Anyway, I’m not exactly on the edge of my seat waiting for the next episode, but I know I’ll definitely tune in.

Now, since I’m missing Firefly, here’s a little video!

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