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Well, that was not terrible or amazing. So I will keep watching and see if it improves or gets worse, since there have been some things set up that look interesting.

Spoilers were in Tahiti

The voiceover was pretty terrible, as was the introduction of bland white guy. Ward? He is the only one whose name I don't remember, which says something! I totally scoffed when Coulson said his spying was second only to Romanoff's.

Hi Maria Hill! I did not recognize you with your hair down! Hi Book! Hi Gunn!

I did not much like Skye from the few trailers I'd seen, since she looked remarkably like Faith 3.0 (physically too!) but her being a total dork in front of Gunn/Mike was cute. Also, I think [personal profile] giandujakiss's point about female fans being mocked more often than male ones is spot on. Mostly I'm hoping that the show doesn't whitewash her.

Fitz and Simmons were funny, as they were meant to be, though I felt overall, a lot of the quips and one liners in the episode weren't nearly as good as they should have been. They mostly felt very expected, with the exception of the truth serum twist, which I did like.

I am worried that the show will make Coulson too cool. It was tempered by the occasional dorky moment, but overall having him in charge was odd.

Melinda May is awesome, and I am glad she clearly has a Mysterious Backstory with Angst that will be gradually revealed.

Seriously, what is Ward's role on the team supposed to be, besides new recruit to explain things to (which Skye plays as well)? Melinda also has the fighting skills and the past experience with SHIELD operations, Skye also acts as the audience stand-in/person to explain things to, and other than that...?

Re: JAR's character. SIGH. I guess it's nice that they had a black man as a caring father? On the other hand, it would be nice if he didn't have rage issues due to Extremis and have to be depowered or something due to that, and that whole speech about being the little guy in front of the mural of brown people in Union Station was just painful. Especially when it's Coulson the older white guy reaching out a hand, and then JAR getting shot down. Seriously Joss, what made you think any of this was a good idea?

Liked the twist about the woman he saved being the evil scientist. Female evil scientists and Extremis... what's the deal?

Probably sticking around just to get to the Melinda May backstory, and hopefully the quirky young twenty-somethings will get more to do than standing around and being quirky. Also, I really hope the writing stops trying to be funny and quirky and self referential and emotion-stirring and actually IS funny and touching.

In other news, I did not see a single commercial for other ABC shows, Thor 2, or IM3 DVDs during the Hulu stream. Amazing!

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Thu, Sep. 26th, 2013 06:53 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] havocthecat
I think that they're trying to split Ward and Skye as the viewpoint characters. Which I think I'm okay with? Though I'm not terribly into Ward. Hypercompetent people with terrible social skills that translate into total jerkdom bore me, so I'm hoping they don't go that route with him. They may not, since he had his dorky moments with the interrogation scene. But still.

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Mon, Sep. 30th, 2013 01:02 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] havocthecat

Oh, no, I'm with you on not being sure how well they're going to go about it. Honestly, I really love Skye and I would like to see where they go with her. I'm only interested in Ward if they end up turning the trope on its head and subverting my expectations in some way. Maybe they'll have him and Skye both discovering the high level secrets together?

As to his 'moral call,' I thought that was so minimized that it was just an audience red herring moment, not a decision point for the character, if that makes sense.

But either way, I'll tune in next week. Or this week, rather. The character with mystery that I'm most interested in is Malinda anyway, so hopefully Ming-Na won't be wasted. (It doesn't seem like she will be. But I reserve judgement on that.)

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Fri, Sep. 27th, 2013 02:11 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] vom_marlowe
I couldn't remember the assassin/thug guy's name either. I liked all the other characters, but he was kind of meh. Maybe he'll grow on me later.

Overall, I enjoyed the show, for a pilot ep. I assumed JAR was going to be a recurring character, but Wikipedia doesn't list him as recurring. I thought he and Skye had great friend-rapport type chemistry. She was easily my favorite, besides Coulson. The part that didn't work for me was when JAR hit the foreman. It was just off, and I know it was supposed to be him 'losing it to the serum', but it didn't work for me at all. Shoving the pallet-fulls of stuff, yes, but hitting the foreman, no way. They didn't need hurting the foreman to show it. Blech.

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Fri, Sep. 27th, 2013 01:52 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad I'm not the only person who was skeeved by the racial subtext with JAR. At least he didn't "have" to die :/

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Wed, Oct. 2nd, 2013 01:04 am (UTC)
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Yup, pretty much agreeing Ward is Boring, holding out no hope that Skye won't be whitewashed, but really want to stick around for Melinda May. But IDK if my want for more Melinda May outweighs all the other stuff about the series I'm so meh about.

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