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

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Hey there, and welcome to Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.! Before I start, I must apologize – I was three-quarters asleep when I wrote the recaplet and as such missed at least one fairly obvious inference, which I'll mention here in the relevant spot(s). Also, if you don't follow ratings, the premiere did phenomenally well in all demos, so that's one of many, many hurdles cleared. And given that the last Whedon show I recapped was Dollhouse, it's nice to be able to relax for a week or two, at least. Now let's get to it!

Over a montage of city shots, a VO (it's Skye), addressing S.H.I.E.L.D. in the second person, says that for decades, "your organization" hid the truth from people, but now they know – both superheroes and monsters walk among them. To illustrate, we get a series of shots from The Avengers -- Iron Man flying, Thor's hammer, Captain America's shield are among them – and while they do show The Hulk, which is a CGI image owned by Marvel, we do not see any of the other Avengers, because this show must be enough of a production nightmare without dragging approval rights for actors like Robert Downey Jr. into it.

Speaking of likenesses, with a chyron informing us we're now in East Los Angeles, we then cut to an African-American boy of about ten or so looking through a store window at some Avengers action figures, and then J. August Richards (Gunn from Angel, who wins the first-to-screen Whedon alum award for the episode and series) hands "Ace" a hot dog he just bought from a street vendor (whom he thanks by name, for the record) and asks if he'd like to visit his "Aunt Mindy" that weekend. Ace absently says sure, so "Mike Peterson" (we'll learn that's his name soon enough; might as well keep it consistent) acknowledges his son's interest by noting he's got a birthday coming up in a couple months and asking which Avenger (or which of the "Heroes of New York," as they're being advertised) is his favorite. Ace, however, tonelessly says he's okay, so Peterson addresses the unstated "I know you can't afford it, and it sucks" by leaning down and telling his son that things may be tight right now, but he's going to find something – "not back at the factory," but he's got prospects, so there's no need to worry. Ace, perhaps more aware of the job market than most kids his age, doesn't look particularly uplifted, so Peterson tries what seems to be their own private call-and-response by holding out his fist and asking, "You and me, what are we?" Ace brightens just a bit as he bumps it with "We're a team" – whereupon the building catty-corner to them suffers a huge explosion, with flames bursting through all the windows on its uppermost floor. Well, one event isn't usually enough for any kind of conditioning to kick in, but I still think Ace is going to look around warily next time he knocks fists with his dad.

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