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The much-anticipated Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered on ABC last night, and the levels of buzz coming off of Marvel's theatrical outings and Joss Whedon's involvement led to a stellar debut of 11.9 million viewers. That makes it the highest-rated drama debut since ABC's V remake premiered back in November of 2009.

S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered at 8 p.m. with no lead in and opposite The Voice on NBC and NCIS on CBS, two heavy hitters in the ratings department, which makes the numbers that much more impressive. Now we have to wait and see if and how much those numbers taper off as the series progresses.

I'm still undecided on how I feel about it. I'll be tuning in next week because I certainly didn't hate it and I want to give the show and Whedon a fair shot, but I feel like I'd place it in the upper levels of mediocre. Everything felt designed to be flashy: every other line of dialogue was a quip, every modicum of tension was accompanied by overblown music. It just felt like they were trying too hard. It certainly doesn't help that the only other show I've been consistently watching is the final season of Breaking Bad, which has solidified itself as one of the greatest television shows in history.

Though, as they say, "in Joss we trust."

via Entertainment Weekly

  • rayebersole

    Okay, we must have been watching a different show as I thought it was awesome. Of course I am much older than both you and Stephen, so I have a rich collection of all the old superhero magazines. I also have a great appreciation for fantasy and the understanding that this is just entertainment. It's not a critically acclaimed work of art. To top it off you mentioned the Voice as a heavy hitter, think about that. The Voice is crap reality TV that is made to pull the lowest denominator the same as Survivor, Big Brother, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol.

    They are not shows that win awards....It's all about money, and SHIELD will bring in money with the geeky and the action.

    • I think if you watch some of Whedon's best work (see Firefly) you'll realize why we are understandably confused, and some, even upset. The comic book lore is great, but what we're expecting is Whedon's formula of taking nothing and turning it into awesome. We already have great characters. But we didn't see the "magic" he is known for in this pilot. I'm willing to give it a few more episodes because I know what he is capable of.

  • I have mixed feelings about this show. I really hope it shakes out in a few more episodes or I'm out.