Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Sep 24, 2013 on ABC
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Episode Summary


In the aftermath of the Avengers' battle in New York City, the world attempts to come to grips with the presence of superheroes, gods, and aliens in their midst. Agent Coulson is resurrected under mysterious circumstances and forms an elite team of agents from SHIELD to keep track of a secret organization known as The Rising Tide. Meanwhile, they must deal with other menaces, such as a man who suddenly finds himself with vast uncontrollable power.


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  • watch free!?!?!

    Can't figure out how to actually watch anything here!!!!?!?!?!!?
  • Yuck!

    This is not Joss Whedon!!
  • Nope.

    So let's analyse what happened here.

    They made a comic-book movie. It does well. They say, "yay! we made a ton of money, but that's a one-shot deal and even with DVDs and foreign showings, the money from the movie will dry up soon; let's turn it into a TV show so that we can continue to milk it for every cent we can on an ongoing basis". They figure that it would be too expensive to have any actual superheroes, so they decide to make the show about a bunch of ordinary human spies instead of superheroes, thus making the show have almost nothing to do with the movie or Marvel in general other than six disjoint letters. Then they realize that they cannot afford to have one of the high-profile, high-paycheck actors from the movie be in the show, and look to the cheaper actors. Cobie is already in an annoying show, so they hire Old Christine's ex to be the leader (I actually do like Clark, but he's not exactly an "a-lister"). Oh wait; Phill died! So how do they handle that? He magically survived. How? Meh,
    somehow. Why did they not show that in the movie then? or in the credits? or after the credits? Because they had intended to kill him off (after being in several Marvel movies) and hadn't intended to resurrect him, but now that they need a cheap actor, they revive him and say he survived in the movie but they kept it a secret to "motivate" the Avengers. Sure, whatever. One might be tempted to call that a deus-ex-machina, but that would be too generous.

    So what are we left with? A boring show about a bunch of ordinary humans running around and watching some people with mild superpowers and some shadowy rival agency. Gee, how original. As if we haven't seen no less than a dozen shows and movies just like (and better than) this in the past decade alone.

    This is just another example of how overrated Joss Whedon and . Abrams are. They do one great thing, but their fans get so rabid that they scream for moar and suck up anything and everything they make, completely blind to the
    actual quality. Stop encouraging one-hit-wonders from making more crap!

    Nope. There's already plenty of other, slightly less crappy garbage on TV to waste time on this one.

  • Come on guys its not that bad

    I dont understand the bad reviews here.

    Personally i liked the episode.

    Maybe a little bad acting from 2 members of the cast... and i`m not gonna name them cause its the first show... i`ll wait for another 6 before naming them... but i`m sure they`ll do good.

    and to be honest.. i liked this episode.... looking forward the next one :)
  • Pilot

    This was not a perfect pilot, but for the most part I liked it. The humor did not work, although I usually am not a fan of Joss Whedon's attempts at comedy in his projects.

    Clark Gregg did not come off as a lead, but he did a solid job in the role. They just need to figure out whether to have him go completely Jethro Gibbs or be a jokester, because the current hybrid did not work.

    Chloe Bennet was the breakout star of the show in my opinion. Her performance was far from perfect, but she's a well-written character played by a likable, attractive young actress.

    It just felt a little too much like Dollhouse in my mind. Not really original, and that could hurt the show down the road.moreless
Shannon Lucio

Shannon Lucio


Guest Star

Ron Glass

Ron Glass

Dr. Streiten

Guest Star

Bob Stephenson

Bob Stephenson


Guest Star

J. August Richards

J. August Richards

Mike Peterson

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Ward it looking for the helicopter in Paris, the Eiffel Tower is shown behind him, then again in front of him when he takes off.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Skye: The secret is out. For decades, your organization stayed in the shadows, hiding the truth, but now we know—they're among us. Heroes... and monsters. The world is full of wonders.

    • Skye: We can't explain everything we see. But our eyes are open. So what now? There are no more shadows for you to hide in. Something impossible just happened. What are you going to do about it?

    • Agent Hill: What does S.H.I.E.L.D. stand for, Agent Ward?
      Grant: Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.
      Agent Hill: And what does that mean to you?
      Grant: It means someone really wanted our initials to spell out S.H.I.E.L.D.

    • Grant: What changed?
      Agent Hill: Everything's changing. A little while ago, most people went to bed thinking that the crazier thing in the world was a billionaire in a flying military suit. Then aliens invaded New York and were beaten back by, among others, a giant green monster, a costumed hero from the 50's, and a god.
      Grant: I don't think he's a god.
      Agent Hill: Well, you haven't been near his arms.

    • Coulson: (stepping out of the shadows) Sorry--that corner was really dark and I couldn't help myself. I think there's a bulb out.

    • Agent Hill: Well, the death of a common ally is an effective team builder.
      Coulson: Plus, it wasn't that much of a stretch. I stopped breathing for about 40 seconds.
      Agent Hill: Eight. It gets longer every time you tell it.
      Coulson: Yeah, well you get shanked by the Asgardian Mussolini, you can tell it your way. I was looking at the big white light and it felt like a lot longer than eight seconds.

    • Coulson: Agent Hill did a very detailed assessment of your last three missions. Combat, top grades. Espionage, she gave you the highest marks since Romanoff. Under people skills she drew a... I think it's a little poop with knives sticking out of it.
      Grant: What?
      Coulson: That's bad, right?

    • Agent Hill: It was a porcupine. It was not a poop. It just means he...
      Coulson: No, I'm pretty sure.

    • Dr. Streiten: I would've been very happy not to clear you, Phil. I'd love for you to rest up some more.
      Coulson: I've had plenty of that. Thanks.
      Agent Hill: You sure?
      Coulson: You should go sometime.
      Agent Hill: Where?
      Coulson: Tahiti. It's a magical place.
      Agent Hill: Three days in, I'd be begging for an assignment.
      Coulson: Exactly.

    • Skye: Listen, you cannot walk away from this. With great power comes a... ton of weird crap that you are not prepared to deal with.

    • Skye: How will you come at us? From the air? From the ground? How will you silence us this time? How can you? The truth is in the wind. It's everywhere. You cannot stop the rising tide. You will not find us. You will never see our faces but rest assures—we will rise against those who shield us from the truth. And nothing--nothing can stop us in the... (Coulson and Grant break in) Hey. What up?

    • Skye: You guys are making a big mistake.
      Grant: You don't look that big.

    • Grant: Okay, there are two ways we can do this.
      Skye: Oh. Is one of them the easy way?
      Grant: No.
      Skye: Oh.

    • Grant: She might as well be one of those sweaty cosplay girls, crowding around Stark Tower.
      Skye: What? I would... it was one time.

    • Coulson: She's an asset.
      Grant: She is such an... wait, "asset"?

    • Fitz: And, with a little luck, get some images from before the blast. And by "luck," I mean "unappreciated genius."

    • Mike: You said if we worked hard, if we did right, we'd have a place. You said it was enough to be a man. But there's better than man. There's gods. And the rest of us... what are we? They're giants. We're what they step on.
      Coulson: I know. I've seen giants--up close. And that privilege cost me... nearly everything. But the good ones, the real deal, they're not heroes because of what they have that we don't. It's what they do with it. You're right, Mike. It matters who you are.

  • NOTES (7)


    • Jemma: I'm not Hermione. I can't create instant paralysis with that.
      Referencing Hermoine Granger, the primary female protagonist in the Harry Potter series. She is Muggle (non-wizard) born but despite that displays a comprehensive knowledge of most forms of magic despite her relative age. She is close friends with Harry Potter and Ron Weasley.