‘It Matters Who You Are’: Character and Character Formation in ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

WARNING: This review contains spoilers for the pilot episode of ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Joss Whedon's spinoff series based on Marvel’s wildly popular Avengers film, premiered Tuesday, September 24 to excellent ratings and positive critical reviews. In the pilot episode, agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) -- presumed dead after The Avengers but somehow still alive -- assembles the standard television grab bag of misfits in order to investigate supernatural or un … [Read more...]

Finding Super-Blessings Among Cinematic Bombs

 Superhero films result in many small blessings, perhaps including the amusing fact that some critics seem determined to coax themselves into disillusionment with the genre.After the last Comic-Con, I’ve heard more such views from secular and Christian critics.Secular critics seem to say: The superhero genre is tired; Hollywood is stretching to make a super-mint. Recently DrudgeReport.com gave its own headline to the Man of Steel sequel story: “Studio tries SUP … [Read more...]

Still Watching: Firefly Returns

If you will allow me a small delay in my expository re-watch of Lost, I would like to give another week for those who want to join in, but need a little extra time. You know who you are. I would also like to use the column this week to address some events which have been unfolding over the last few weeks. As a self-proclaimed Browncoat, or fan of the late, great television series, Firefly, I have been following with interest the latest fan-induced Firefly-related craze.The Browncoats have … [Read more...]

Dollhouse: Do Its Strengths Balance out Its Flaws?

Dollhouse, Joss Whedon’s newest TV creation, has an interesting premise: a super-secret organization mind-wipes recruits and imprints them with personalities and skills suited to match a client’s needs, only to re-wipe them after each “engagement” is completed. The problem with this concept is that it makes it nearly impossible to sympathize with characters who have a different personality in every single episode. We’re promised that the main “Doll,” Echo (Eliza Dushku) Is beginning to gain self- … [Read more...]