(PCM) The elaborate cinematic universe created by Marvel Studios has finally transitioned to the small screen with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Created by fan-favorite writer/director Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy), the pilot episode debuted last tuesday on ABC, and according to the Nielsen ratings was quite successful.
According to Entertainment Weekly Agents of Shield premiered as the highest rated drama” in over four years. Approximately 12.2 million viewers sat down to watch the premiere episode of Agents of Shield, and this data only accounts for those who watched it live. Adjusted Nielsen ratings show that at least 15 million people have seen the show so far, and this doesn’t even include those who watched online or On-Demand.
Many are anxious to see if ABC can sustain the momentum and keep people coming back for more. There is no doubt that some may of tuned in just to satisfy curiosity, so the big question is; was it good and compelling enough to want to see more? In my opinion, yes it is.
Fans of the Marvel cinematic universe, seem to have enjoyed the pilot and anxious to see more. The first episode leaves the viewer with a lot of unanswered questions, which kind of gives us an idea of where the season’s over-arching story is potentially heading. What still remains unclear is how the series plans on telling a week-to-week storyline. Given only the pilot episode, it is hard to tell what format can be expected from the series in the future.
As of right now we know the show centers around the return Agent Phil Coulson (see: The Avengers), and his misfit team of super-spys. The show has already begun to weave in plot lines from the Marvel cinematic universe, such as the Extremis virus seen in Iron Man 3. Agents of Shield has a high production value, making the transition to television less noticeable then some may have suspected.
Right now it is to hard to say, but I defiantly believe series has the potential to be a hit. With writer/director like Joss Whedon at the helm, I have no doubt this could be one of the better series on television. The show directly targets fans of the Marvel franchise, but I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good action/drama, and needs to find a new show to watch. For those who have yet to see the pilot episode of Agents of Shield, you can check it out on-demand. Make sure to tune in for episode two premiering on ABC at 8p.m. E.T. Tuesday, October 1st. Check out the clip from episode 2 above!