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Old September 26 2013, 01:50 AM   #151
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I can't not mentally add "down by the river" when I hear that.
I don't get it.
That would be a reference to Chris Farley's classic motivational speaker character on early-90s SNL. His main motivational hook was to tell kids that they might wind up like him, living in a VAN, DOWN BY THE RIVER!

Watch it now, before NBC has it taken down.
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Old September 26 2013, 01:55 AM   #152
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The pilot wasn't great. But I want to see episode 102, so that makes the pilot good enough for me.
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Old September 26 2013, 02:21 AM   #153
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Compare Skye to Felicia Day playing Charlie on Supernatural. Supernatural got it right. SHIELD got it wrong.
To be fair though, and no offense to Chloe Bennett, this is Felicia Day we're talking about.

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I totally agree with his take. The show really needed to be tougher and edgier, with a greater sense of danger.

Right now the tone is so cutesy and fun that it's hard to take anything all that seriously. It just feels like too much of a lark.
Ehhh... compare early Buffy with late Buffy.

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Besides, they did "lead character finds out he's a robot" on Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, which was not one of their best seasons.
Executed well though, it could be very good. "Am I the real Coulson?" sort of thing. Put me down for LMD that thinks he's the original Coulson.

Overall it's a solid pilot that has me curious to see more. Nothing blew me away and none of the characters really grabbed me, but I want to see where this goes. More Maria Hill would be nice of course.
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Old September 26 2013, 02:39 AM   #154
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I dunno... given that absolutely everyone at this point is guessing that Coulson's really an LMD, I suspect that's just what they want us to think. It would be pretty boring if the big surprise reveal turned out to be the exact same thing everyone was predicting from before the show even premiered.
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Old September 26 2013, 03:30 AM   #155
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This pilot was kind of a snoozer for me. I usually like Whedon TV, but all the Marvel Universe stuff is just baggage to me, as I'm not a comic guy. I'll give it some more episodes though, worse pilots have turned into great shows.
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Old September 26 2013, 04:37 AM   #156
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When they were listing all the causes of superpowers they mentioned Dr. Erskine's formula, gamma radiation, and Extremis. But they also mentioned alien metal? Do we know anyone in the MCU who would have their powers derived from alien metal? Could it be a hint of things to come, either on the show or in the larger MCU?
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Old September 26 2013, 05:12 AM   #157
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When they were listing all the causes of superpowers they mentioned Dr. Erskine's formula, gamma radiation, and Extremis. But they also mentioned alien metal? Do we know anyone in the MCU who would have their powers derived from alien metal? Could it be a hint of things to come, either on the show or in the larger MCU?
There was some kind of Chitauri device shown earlier in the episode. I'm guessing certain "powers" will come from recovered Chitauri tech, a la the Item 43 one-shot.
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Old September 26 2013, 05:33 AM   #158
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Minor point, but is SHIELD supposed to be an American government agency, or a clandestine version of NATO? I ask because the two tech specialists are Brits. Then there's the fact it's precursor (SSR ?) was an Allied Forces operation and Fury in Avengers Fury appeared to be answerable to some kind of World Council.
Even Marvel Comics can't make up their minds on that one. It tends to be what ever is needed for the story at hand.
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Old September 26 2013, 07:02 AM   #159
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While reactions from within the comics industry seem largely favorable, Jim Steranko was not impressed.
I totally agree with his take. The show really needed to be tougher and edgier, with a greater sense of danger.

Right now the tone is so cutesy and fun that it's hard to take anything all that seriously. It just feels like too much of a lark.

The movies have all been more about amped up fun with a bit of humour, so I don't see the series as out of place. If anything felt out of place, it was the dark tones in Ironman 3.
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Old September 26 2013, 07:32 AM   #160
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ABC Will Repeat ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ On Thursday Night

ABC says it’s going to rerun the pilot episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at 8 p.m. Thursday, instead of the scheduled Shark Tank repeat — a no-brainer.
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Old September 26 2013, 07:55 AM   #161
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While reactions from within the comics industry seem largely favorable, Jim Steranko was not impressed.
I totally agree with his take. The show really needed to be tougher and edgier, with a greater sense of danger.

Right now the tone is so cutesy and fun that it's hard to take anything all that seriously. It just feels like too much of a lark.
Steranko nails it. And he, better than anyone, should know.
Frankly, the Hasselhof version was better.
Though for my money...
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Old September 26 2013, 08:05 AM   #162
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Cutesy and fun with material such as this doesn't entail a flop. Consider Men in Black, for crying out loud.
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Old September 26 2013, 12:22 PM   #163
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"Alien metal" could be a reference to the Destroyer, which they recovered pieces of in New Mexico and reverse-engineered into the gun that Coulson used in The Avengers...and that metal would be Uru, the same metal from which Thor's hammer is forged.
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Old September 26 2013, 02:55 PM   #164
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Cutesy and fun with material such as this doesn't entail a flop. Consider Men in Black, for crying out loud.
That and the 7pm airing helps kids watch too.
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Old September 26 2013, 03:01 PM   #165
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^It's 8 PM in the Eastern time zone. Though that's still early enough for family viewing.
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