Premiere Week Day Two
So, day two, thankfully, was a nice peaceful night. Don’t get me wrong; there were plenty of premieres on. But, most were programs that I haven’t watched before, or CBS Naval shows. (3 in one night with the same initials. Just you wait and see. 3 years from now there will be 50 NCIS shows. One for each state and CBS will be officially owned by the Navy!) Tuesday actually found me watching two shows that couldn’t be more different from each other.
Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Last season, the show struggled a bit in the early episodes trying to find its own identity when there were no superheroes around. And by the midway point (maybe a little after), they found it. I think the key for SHIELD’S success is to consistently keep coming up with super bad guys or at the very least unearthly objects that the bad guys can use as weapons. Last nights premiere brought back a favorite villain of mine, in Carl “Crusher” Creel (Brian Patrick Wade). The powers this guys has are just cool to me.
We find the remnants of the team and SHIELD in general, broken and hiding in the shadows. (Which makes sense that the episode is aptly named “Shadows”) Agent Coulson, is now Director Coulson (always played with just enough wit by Clark Gregg), and is running the show in Nick Fury’s absence. I was glad to see that Patton Oswalt has returned as Billy Koenig, SHIELD’S keeper of the new keys. Coulson’s new mission is trying to find out information on what Hydra is doing, as well as trying to level the playing field, weapon-wise. The rest of the team is still reeling from last season’s company implosion. Melinda, Skye, and Tripp (Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, and B.J.Britt) are basically what’s left. Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) didn’t fare as well as the other team members following last season’s finale and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) is not “really” around right now.
As I watched the show start its second season, I couldn’t help thinking that it just seems to work now. I know that Marvel has built this tremendous world where its movies and its television show have a corresponding story/timeline and that’s super cool. But, by itself, I think SHIELD can stand on its on now.
Clearly, season PASS
In an era that’s chock full of cop shows, excuse me, police dramas, I think its rather refreshing to see the “Bravest” getting a little screen time. NBC’S Chicago Fire started its third season on a somber note. They had been posting for some weeks now that the firehouse would lose one of it’s own, and last night we sadly found out who it was. I’m not going to spoil the show for anyone that hasn’t seen it yet, but know that you won’t be laughing too often when you do.
The episode picks up seconds after last years season ending explosion, and it was moving. The sound of the firefighters’ PASS devices (A distress signal unit that they wear when they go into hazardous environments) all going off in silence and all we see is smoke and debris, while Chief Bowden ( Eamonn Walker) is screaming for his men to report. I had the chills big-time. This was a few seconds of what I imagine happens out there in the real world. After that scene we are transported to six weeks later and some of the people in House 51 are struggling to cope with the loss of a friend and still be able to do a job that most people can’t do on their best day.
These days, killing off a main character has become more popular. Some shows do it as easy as if they were using a pencil eraser on a script page. The difference here is that with the job that these characters have, sadly, it’s not that unbelievable. I just hope that it’s not a reoccurring event. Chicago Fire has become one of my favorites, and I’m almost embarrassed to say that it was my wife, not me, who discovered it!