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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot
Bar Harbor
alexx_kay
Well, that was OK.

Some quite good bits (Joss dialogue, Lola, the annoyed woman during the early espionage scene).

Some annoying bits. I know that in a TV action show, especially a pilot, you don't want to waste time on exposition if you can possibly avois it. But I was bothered by the fact that the good guys mostly travel around in a gigantic jet plane capable of holding multiple ground vehicles -- yet seemingly have no problem grabbing or delivering those vehicles to alleyways in the middle of New York. I mean, this is the Marvel universe, I'm sure they could handwave an explanation that was plausible enough in context. But I feel the need for at least a handwave, and I didn't get one.

Some bits I found downright problematic. Making the antagonist be a lower-class black man in a hoodie, with legitimate grievances against society, is a perfectly reasonable set up for a story in 2013. But it really bothers me that the creators of the show 'solve' his problems by shooting him in the head. Yes, yes, I know -- they shot him with a super-science medicine bullet that 'cured' him. Only, in order to keep up the pace and the dramatic tension, they never actually *say* that. It's conveyed through character expressions in a couple of very quick shots. If I had been a bystander on the scene, I would have seen a bunch of white cops shooting an unarmed (albeit scary-strong) black man in the head. This really bugs me for some reason. It wouldn't have taken much to make it right; just the traditional fleeting shot of the man being loaded into an ambulance, clearly *not* in a body bag. But as it is, I don't really believe, on an emotional level, that he survived.

I am strangely reminded of a media incident form my youth. Star Blazers was a nifty piece of Japanese anime, and one of the first translated for the American market. But the translators occasionally changed plot details due to perceived differences in culture and/or target audience age group. During one climactic battle, one of the secondary characters was clearly setting himself up for a "Horatio at the bridge" scenario, where he would sacrifice himself to buy the rest of the cast time to escape. The camera cut away abruptly, in the middle of what sure looked like it was going to be a death scene. As the other heroes flew away, there was a brief bit of dialogue dubbed in during an exterior shot to the effect of "Hey, he got away just before the Death Star exploded, yay!" However, that character never actually appeared on screen again. I wasn't fooled.

It's not the same situation as with SHIELD, obviously, but that's where my brain went, and I thought it worth sharing.
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"I don't really believe, on an emotional level, that he survived."

Additionally, he could have been in a shot at the farm, but wasn't. And, we already know that SHIELD is capable of hiding unpleasant facts about 'death', in overly pleasant fantasies (even from their own personnel).

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