Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: “Pilot”

Wow, that acronym is a pain in the ass to type.

Anyway.

How y’all doing, True Believers? I probably won’t make a habit of reviewing this show weekly, but given the hype it seemed just plain wrong to not a) acknowledge that the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. show has started airing and b) tell you what I thought about it.

marvels_agents_of_shield_640_large_verge_medium_landscapeOur episode opens on a blue-collar, down-on-his-financial-luck black dude and his kid out and about in the city. An explosion rocks a nearby building, and the guy sneaks off and, demonstrating superhuman strength, climbs the side of the building to rescue a woman trapped inside.

Elsewhere, Agent Coulson emerges from the shadows to assemble a not-so-crack squad of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, whose mission is going to entail keeping tabs on the ever-increasing members of the superpowered population.

Spoilers after the jump.

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Trailer Tuesdays: So Much Ado

[Enter SAIKA, stage right. She counts beats in iambic pentameter as she speaks.]

Guys.

I cannot quite explain in human words how thoughts of Whedon’s play fill me with joy. This Shakespeare work is my eternal fave, quite filled with humor and with snarky broads. I like it cuz the lady’s wits do match the gent’s with whom she falls so deep in love.

Dear readers, I just wonder if you know—he shot this in a twelveday at his house? The actors, all his friends that he holds dear—Clark Gregg and Nathan Fillion act their best. The costumes, clothes that each of them did have, provided by the players on request.

I really cannot wait to see this film, which graces theaters in the month of June. I love the Bard to bits, as well one should, and I suggest you see this movie too.

[Exit SAIKA, pursued by a bear.]

The Ultimate Spider-Man is Actually Pretty Good

So I’ve been trying recently to branch out into American comics. You may have noticed this. My most recent adventure has taken me into the animated world of Spider-Man.  Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man TV show is actually pretty awesome. The premise is this: Peter Parker has been Spider-Man for a while when he is approached by Nick Fury with a proposition: join up with S.H.I.E.L.D. and let them train Peter into the “ultimate” Spider-Man.  Peter accepts and is suddenly tossed onto a team with junior S.H.I.E.L.D. agents White Tiger, Nova, Power Man, and Iron Fist.  Hijinks ensue and Peter learns valuable lessons about superheroing, blah blah, you know the drill. Anyway, it’s a pretty fun show.

So first I gotta be upfront with you about the real reason I started watching this show. Yes, it was a good way to learn more about the Marvelverse, as Peter often breaks the fourth wall to explain a situation or introduce a character we may not know.  But really? I needed more Son of Coul in my life.  Yup, that’s right. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has had a lot of influence on this show, and one way that shows is in the presence of Agent Coulson as a supporting character.  Best of all, they even got Clark Gregg himself to do the voice acting! It’s just a small part in the background (Coulson is undercover as the principal at Peter’s high school) but it made me happy nonetheless.

The voice acting in general on this show is pretty great, with Drake Bell as Peter Parker, Tara Strong as Mary Jane, J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson, and Tom Kenny, Greg Cipes, Steve Blum, Travis Willingham (as Thor!), and even Mark Hamill as various other roles. (Stan Lee has a running cameo as the high school’s janitor.)

The animation is somewhat inspired by anime, with some chibi-fication and whatnot.  It also has a good mix of episoding plots versus an overarching storyline.

I’m enjoying it so far. (Although, to be fair, seeing as the internet seems to be full of this show’s haters, I’m relatively easy to please and have no basis for comparison.) I recommend you check it out, too!