What happens after the day is saved? You call in the Agents of SHIELD. This is a spin-off from the superhero blockbuster Avengers Assemble, but don’t expect Iron Man or the Hulk to show up. A TV budget wouldn’t stretch to the olive in Robert Downey Jr’s martini. Instead, this follows a government team who deal with the superpowered and just plain weird. Nerds will squeal at the comic-book references, but everyone should be able to enjoy this smart, exciting first episode.
It’s from Joss Whedon, the man behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and his witty handling of pop culture is clear. It’s genuinely funny without making fun of the premise, a feat that’s almost superheroic in itself.