There are so many websites that provide high quality recaps of S.H.I.E.L.D. that I’m going to forgo the full recap and just give a few highlights every week. As a Joss Whedon fan, y’all know I’m not going to pass up the chance to write something about this show every week!
So, let’s discuss the pilot. Did you love it? Hate it? I thought it was…OK. I enjoyed the dialogue and I thought the pilot did a good job of setting up the story. Of course the characters are completely undeveloped but they are all, well, lined up, ready for Things To Happen. Were I not already a Marvel/Whedon fan, I’m not sure this pilot would have made me feel compelled to start watching the show. Since I AM a Marvel/Whedon fan, of course I can’t wait for next week.
Oooh, looks at the above handy image, which makes it so very easy to remember everyone’s name. Here’s the outline of the pilot: SHIELD (which I will henceforth be spelling without the pesky polka dots) is an agency that handles all this weird new superhero stuff that has become public since the events of the Avengers movie. We have a mismatched team of people who don’t get along well – so a Whedon show. Here’s this week’s best lines:
Grant Ward to Maria Hill: I don’t think Thor’s technically a God.
Maria Hill: Then you obviously haven’t been near his arms.
Phil Coulson, referring to his dramatic entrance: “I’m sorry, that corner was really dark, and I couldn’t help myself. I think there’s a bulb out.”
Phil Coulson, referring to Maria Hill’s assessment of Grant Ward’s people skills: “Under ‘people skills’ she drew a little poop, with knives sticking out of it. That’s bad, right?”
incidentally, I’m sure that eventually I’ll be all in to Grant Ward and his childhood traumas, but right now I find him incredibly boring. Pretty, but dull.
Skye: “Yes, I have an office! A mobile office…a van…in which I live…BY CHOICE!
Oh Skye, everything you say is adorable. Never change, you overly cutesy and clever girl, you.
Grant Ward, under the effects of truth serum: “I try to mask my pain in front of beautiful women because it makes me seem more masculine. My God, this stuff works fast!”
Also, one word: “Grammy?”
This whole scene was just glorious. Oh look, he’s kinda cute when he’s all confused:
And word about props – hey, it’s Coulson and his megaphone! And the car! LOVE THE CAR!
One thing I notice in typing these out is how very dry the humor is and how much it relies on the actors to deliver the lines just right to get the joke across. Stay tuned next week for more jokes that you probably had to be there for, and to see if the following things happen:
- Skye and Grant’s instant dislike of each other turns into a huge crush
- My dislike of Grant morphs into a huge crush (NEVER!)
- Melinda May gets more than two lines
- Ron Glass ruins all the scenes he’s in by inadvertently causing me to scream with delight whenever he shows up, thus ensuring that I miss all the lines. How soon will that wear off, do you think?