TV Highlights

What was on Sunday 10th January

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

E4 - 8pm

Who's in it?

Clark Gregg swept back onto our screens as Phil Coulson in the big new third season of a show that has only just found its superpowers.

In a nutshell

Well that was quite a way to kick off a new season, wasn’t it? In under 10 minutes, in a sequence which saw Daisy (aka Skye), Mack, and Hunter going to the rescue of a metal-melting Inhuman, this show managed to finally live up to our expectations. Which means redemption has come too late to reel in the fans who switched off many episodes ago. But the fact remains: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is now happily embracing the superhero universe it inhabits, rather than being some kind of Marvel-flavoured NCIS rip-off. This is partly due to the genius introduction of Inhumans. This kind of expanded mythology is exactly what the show needed. We also have bigger set-pieces now, and a real sense of epic danger. Which is saying a lot, when you consider one of the dastardly schemes in the show involved fish oil capsules. While it’s still hampered by its procedural format (last night’s episode didn’t shake this off), it’s now become a proper companion piece to the movies, rather than a banal side show. For which we can only be thankful.

What's the verdict?

An exciting romp of a season opener, this also succeeded in developing some long-running arcs and building more intrigue for what’s yet to come. That’ll certainly keep us going until the release of Captain America: Civil War.

3/5

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07-07-2011