They have everything in place to make this one of the best shows on TV. A good principal cast headlined by someone with real acting chops. Unlimited budget. Tie-in with one of the most financially successful superhero films in history. There's no reason why this show shouldn't be an unqualified success.
I am surprised this hasn't opened to more positive reviews elsewhere, but, hey, opinions and all that. I loved this. The caveat that I am not a comic book nerd does apply, but I don't have to be one to find Agents of Shield fun and entertaining. This was great television. Great writing with a good dosage of dry humor strewn about, outstanding production values courtesy of Marvel Television, a high-intrigue plot which is going to get crazier as the season wears on, and pretty good casting choices as well. They've set up every character pretty nicely. Phil doesn't know something is up with his head. Hill knows and has to deal with it. Ward is the token solo agent who doesn't play well with the team. Melinda May has a supposedly dark history in the field. Then you have the geeky kids who can do fun stuff with technology the others cannot. They achieved all of this and more 42 minutes of television which is pretty good. They have everything in place to make this one of the best shows on TV. A good principal cast headlined by someone with real acting chops. Unlimited budget. Tie-in with one of the most financially successful superhero films in history. There's no reason why this show shouldn't be an unqualified success.
joyeful, Agree on the scenes in the limo. It wasn't just Barney and Robin that felt like throwing up. Really? That scene where they come close together only to be repulsed. The only saving grace was that it produced a great quote when Barney says he doesn't have to wait for it anymore. That was really romantic. My favorite part was the Lily and The Mother (didn't catch a name). It was just sweet that Lily, who's always looked out for Ted, is the first person to become friends with The Mother. It was really nice of the writers to make that happen even before Ted knew she existed. I found that angle to be really nice, what with the commonalities they share. The scenes with Marshall and Sherri Sheperd were also nice. But I guess most of us knew that she would come through at the very end. Overall, a great start to the season.
TrulyTiny7, Totally agree on portraying Castle as the bungler. I was actually thinking to myself, "If Castle screws this up..." But we shouldn't be in that position in the first place. Sure, Castle is aloof, but he's not a total idiot, for lack of a better word. I think they made it work, but they did push it to the limits. Never again, writers! Also agree on Beckett being the boss in the Precinct. That's why it is gonna be interesting how they handle this change. If they just bring her back to the precinct, that's same old, same old, and I don't think it is going to be very interesting. The characters are fully developed, they're engaged, so if it's just the precinct with old plot threads (Bracken, 3XK etc.), that's not gonna make for a very exciting show. So that's gonna be the storyline that makes this season early on? How do they write all characters back into the show when Beckett's following her dream job?
joyeful, Beckett's a cold bitch, ain't she? Just kidding. She's gotta hold it together obviously. She's gotta be the one who keeps her sanity and figures out a way to solve this thing. I am not sure I agree with the "suspension of disbelief" part. They've been on and off for four years. They've been living together for another year. They know each other inside out. And the feelings which have been made public in the last year have always been there before. This was vividly portrayed in the 22nd episode last season "Still". So it's not much of a jump to imagine them making long-distance work, especially when they're fully grown adults. As someone else mentioned, not sure how much I dig Alexis' new boyfriend? Sure she wants to explore, but a fruitarian who doesn't like spelling doesn't seem her type. Not sure where the writers are going with this.
I didn't miss Lanie that much, but I am glad the boys are back. That indicates a few important things, that this is not going to be a season with a new cast of characters for Beckett in DC. That was obvious because Castle without Salt and Peppa would suck, but they're here to stay. That also means one of two things: Beckett gets a federal job in NY or she comes back to her old job. Latter doesn't make sense in terms of character progression since it's already been made clear that Kate wants this badly, and any reasoning provided to bringing her back to NY is not going to hold up to analysis. That's going to be the most interesting part about the next few episodes. How she gets back to NY? And I cannot imagine the marriage happening anytime soon. They may end the season with that is what I am guessing.
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