He­roes for hire

A group of not-so-su­per­heroes in­ves­ti­gate the new, strange and un­known in Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. on e.tv screens.

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Agent Coul­son (cen­tre) and his agents are tack­ling su­per­hero-sized prob­lems. Sea­son 1 Tues­days (from 6 Septem­ber) e.tv (*194) 20:30

Marvel Comics has put a sur­pris­ing twist on the “su­per­hero saves the day” sto­ry­lines from their comic books and movies. With their firstever TV se­ries Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013- cur­rent), they’re prov­ing that you don’t have to be a su­per­hero to be a hero. Thanks to the events of their mega suc­cess­ful 2012 Marvel’s The Avengers movie, so­ci­ety is now aware of gods, mon­sters and aliens and a spe­cialised team of agents is formed to pro­tect mankind against these threats. “Our se­ries deals with the lit­tle guy,” ex­plains show cre­ator Joss Whe­don, who also pro­duced The Avengers movie. “Where su­per­hero films are all about peo­ple with su­per pow­ers, our show is about a bunch of peo­ple who don’t have pow­ers.” And fans are lov­ing the sci-fi show’s premise – sea­son 4 starts in the US this month.

ALIENS AMONG US

The duty of form­ing the team rests on the shoul­ders of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coul­son (Clark Gregg), whom we saw dy­ing in the Avengers film. But there is a twist: di­rec­tor Nick Fury (Sa­muel L Jack­son, who has guest cameos in the se­ries) had him res­ur­rected us­ing fancy tech­nol­ogy and alien blood. Fury was asked by his bosses to build a fresh S.H.I.E.L.D. team to fight against evil and for now, Agent Coul­son’s un­aware that he is alive be­cause of aliens…

MEET THE TEAM

Be­sides team leader Coul­son, the rest of the elite S.H.I.E.L.D. mem­bers are: Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) is a weapons ex­pert and skilled pi­lot. Thanks to her knowl­edge of com­bat and arms, she’s earned the nick­name “The Cavalry”, which she hates. May pi­lots The Bus, aka the fly­ing head­quar­ters of S.H.I.E.L.D. Plus, Melinda has a say in who joins the team. Jemma Sim­mons (El­iz­a­beth Hen­stridge) is the youngest on the team and she’s also the clever­est. Jemma is a sci­en­tist and ge­nius bio­chemist who has a big role when it comes to aliens and dis­sect­ing things. And what Agent Coul­son doesn’t know is that Melinda has se­cretly asked Jemma to “re­pair” him in case any­thing goes wrong with his newly res­ur­rected body. Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) can be so­cially awk­ward but he’s a ge­nius-level engi­neer, es­pe­cially with weapons tech­nol­ogy. Teamed with Jemma, Leo makes up the science team and they have a brother-sis­ter kind of re­la­tion­ship… un­til episode 21 (24 Jan­uary 2017), when things change… Daisy “Skye” John­son (Chloe Ben­net) is a su­per­star com­puter hacker who worked for con­spir­acy hack­tivist group The Ris­ing Tide. Skye’s ori­gin is shrouded in mys­tery (for now). Grant Ward (Brett Dal­ton) is a Black Ops spe­cial­ist and a dark fig­ure who shows no emo­tion. He’s sly as a fox but he’s ac­tu­ally a wolf in sheep’s cloth­ing, with a huge se­cret be­ing re­vealed in episode 17 (26 De­cem­ber).

And then there’s Lola, Coul­son’s beloved red 1962 Chevro­let Corvette that’s been up­graded and mod­i­fied thanks to Howard Stark’s tech­nol­ogy. Although not an of­fi­cial team mem­ber, Coul­son loves his ride to the point where “don’t touch Lola!” is one of his fre­quent catch­phrases in the se­ries.

THE BAD GUYS

Coul­son’s beloved Lola. The S.H.I.E.L.D. team have their hands full in sea­son 1 with mul­ti­ple threats, the big­gest of which is evil or­gan­i­sa­tion Hy­dra, who’ve in­fil­trated ev­ery se­cret agency across the globe in their quest for world dom­i­na­tion. One of Hy­dra’s schemes is Project Cen­tipede, which makes up a big part of episode 1, plus they’re build­ing an army of su­per­pow­ered soldiers. Their leader is the mys­te­ri­ous Clair­voy­ant, whom the team hunt through­out the sea­son.

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