And finally, there’s Chloe Bennett‘s Skye, and girl is a straight-up nerrrd. She loves superheroes. I mean, she loves superheroes. One time she even cosplayed right out in front of Stark Tower. (Dressed as Captain Marvel, right? Had to be.) She’s super-suspicious of S.H.I.E.L.D., and assumes they want to eradicate the world’s mightiest heroes instead of helping them help the planet. But she’s not just a superhero fangirl; she’s a world-class hacker who lives in her van and accomplishes more stuff on a laptop she won from a bet than S.H.I.E.L.D. is able to do with its gazillions of dollars worth of technology.
By the end of the episode, Coulson has of course won her over to his side, convincing her the world isn’t just good people and Death Eaters, and that he sees all the colors and wants always wants to do the best and fairest possible thing.
The dudes are: Agent Fitz, Simmons’ partner who considers himself an under-appreciated genius, and Agent Ward, an alpha male bomb-diffusing solider who things S.H.I.E.L.D. is beneath him (even though it’s level seven!). Coulson sees promise in him, but I’m sticking with Maria Hill’s evaluation of his character for now: Poop with pointy things coming out of it.
The episode ends with the team fully assembled, Mike Peterson on his way to recovery, and Coulson revealing (in a Back to the Future-style directing homage) that his ’62 Corvette, Lola, can fly. All in all, a very promising start to the series. Pilots are notoriously tricky, but Whedon & Co. did a solid job introducing us to the characters and the world with decent action sequences and plenty of quippy dialogue. Plus, half the kickass agents are women and two of them are Asian-American. What’s not to love?
What did you think of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s pilot episode? (By the way, if this is the first superhero thing you ever watched and you want to use it as a springboard into the awesome world of comics, Marvel’s Secret Avengers exists in this exact universe and has a similar tone, or of course you can always tweet me and I’ll help you figure out where to jump into which comics!)