While the series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may be a way of spreading the Avengers/Joss Whedon universe into TV Land, if you ask me, it’s just Whedon & Company’s way of getting to do Firefly/Serenity all over again.

Actiony action type stuff. Go Ward, Go!

Actiony action type stuff. Go Ward, Go!

After the jump see what I thought of the episode…

If you are expecting me to come up with a character comparison for Firefly vs Agents of SHIELD, well that’s just not going to happen. It’s not that simple. Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson isn’t just Mal, he’s also Shepherd. Ming Na’s Melinda Mae isn’t just Wash, she’s also a little bit Zoe and a little bit Jayne. The point is, these S.H.I.E.L.D. characters aren’t just images of previous Whedonverse characters, they are personalities of their own that we are starting to get to know. But they are a team. Who also love their ship.

The issue that existed with the premiere was that it was basically an hour of “LOOK AT ALL THE PEOPLE AND ALL THE STUFF, WHEEEE!” which I get. Joss had the one episode at the helm and he wanted to do all he could. Knowing his personality, as those of us who have followed his work for decades do, it’s not surprising. This episode was also a lot of action, but it also took a step back. The story wasn’t deep mythology. It was just another 0-8-4 operation which involves dealing with an unidentified object, like when they found Thor’s Hammer at the end of Iron Man 2. But this one was full of Gamma radiation (cue the whole “So when Captain America was around…” speech).  The story didn’t really matter – they find the object, Coulson’s ex… girlfriend may not be the right word, but you get me, tried to hijack it, the plane gets destroyed, they slingshot the evil device into the sun. But the episode still carried almost more weight than last week’s story-heavy ep.

That is because what we did have this episode was a bit more about who these characters are and how they will function as a team. This time they really did work together to defeat the baddie of the week. And while we still are getting to know them (What’s Melinda Mae’s story? Is Skye actually bad? What kind of fish did Coulson want in that fish tank?) we are getting the foundation of what will make them a great team. And if Skye does turn out to be still working for Rising Tide, the hints of what will make her ultimately choose S.H.I.E.L.D. are becoming clear. And I”m not just talking about Wade’s dreamy smile. Or frown.

This episode also didn’t lose the fun. The snark of Firefly’s band of misfits came through loud and clear this week. Especially in the scene with Mae, Wade, Skye and FitzSimmons locked up in the cargo hold. I mean – that was pretty much exactly a scene from Firefly. I don’t expect this show to have all the magic that that one did. Sometimes, it’s the one-season wonders that really hold on to that magic because we never had a chance to be really disappointed by them (Hi there, My So-Called Life). But it does give the Whedon Crew a second chance to do it right and with a network that may not screw them over at every turn (you know, since they’ve already invested a large fortune in the success of the Marvel Universe over at least the next 4-5 years in the movie theaters).

Overall, this was a great second outing and not just because we were treated to some classic Nick Fury/Agent Coulson shenanigans at the end. That’s right kids, Samuel L. Jackson showed up in his leather and eye patch for a final scene, just like this was the movies. I don’t expect that every week will be all Jackson or Cobie Smulders. In fact, it would be a bit tiresome if they did try that. But it’s fun if they manage to keep it a secret and they just pop up now and then. Especially if they can play it with as much humor as these scene had.

What did you think of the second episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Still planning on tuning in next week?

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