I’ll admit, when I first heard about Marvel making Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I wasn’t too impressed. I (like most I’m sure) was sure that it wouldn’t make it past a few episodes before being cancelled and fading away forever. But after watching these 22 episodes spread out across five DVD’s, I can say I’m glad it didn’t fade away and see why season two is about to start, as the show has a great cast dealing with action packed and dramatic stories that’s sure to pull anyone in who gives it a chance.
Not long after the “Battle of New York” from The Avengers, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) is somehow brought back from his apparent demise and is now charged with making a covert team that’s part of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) to protect the ordinary from the extraordinary, as well as any organizations that seek to do harm to the world. Rounding out this team is Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), the ace pilot with a menacing scowl and a heart of gold, black ops specialist and all-around guy Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), the typical techno geeks Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) who work well together and obviously like each other, and finally civilian hacktivist Skye (Chloe Bennet) who joins as a new recruit / consultant who has a mysterious past that’s somehow tied into S.H.I.E.L.D.
Thanks to a great cast of both actors and characters, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a joy to watch (having a cameo appearance by Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury doesn’t hurt any either). While making your way through the episodes, most viewers will see the show come onto its own as a sci-fi, spy-thriller series that reminds me a lot of another show that used to be televised on ABC, Alias. Clark Gregg is awesome playing the always smiling Agent Coulson who does his best at being a patriarch of sorts to his new-found family while also being the stern leader when needed. He also has his own subplot mysteries to deal with such as how exactly did he come back from being dead, and why he feels changed. Combine this with action packed episodes that range from finding and helping people with superpowers, to stopping evil organizations from taking over or destroying the world, along with mysterious such as Skye’s past, and you’ve got a show worth checking out.
When you’ve reached the pulse-pounding season finale, there’s some special features here to keep you entertained until the second season premiere. There’s five “Behind-the-Scenes Field Reports” that give viewers an inside look at some of the big action sequences and shocking moments of the show. “Assembling a Universe” is a featurette that focuses on the Marvel Cinematic Universe and how it ties into the series. There’s also eight deleted scenes, an always funny blooper reel, audio commentaries on three episodes by some of the cast and crew that are fun to listen to, but I’m surprised there wasn’t more of them, and “Journey to SDCC” that’s a short extra that features the cast and crew’s experience at 2013′s San Diego Comic-Con.
I’m glad I gave Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season One a chance, as I was wrong about the series and glad for it. A great cast of actors makes for some equally great characters that viewers are sure to fall in love with and enjoy watching them face impossible odds to save themselves and the world from both ordinary and extraordinary threats. Those looking for something exciting and fun to watch will want to recruit this box-set into their collection to get ready for the soon-to-air second season this fall.