S.H.I.E.L.D. Character Outline: First We Cancel Castle

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S.H.I.E.L.D. Character Outline: First We Cancel Castle

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | October 2, 2012 | Comments ()


In an incredible turn of events, the rumored television series based on a trillion dollar film is actually moving forward. Actually, that sarcasm makes me genuinely surprised that we didn't end up with either a Avatar or Titanic television series. And don't think for a second that the boat sinking at the end would have been a barrier to the latter. I think it's just evidence that James Cameron's ego cannot physically be crammed into a screen smaller than twenty feet.

So, Joss Whedon has no such qualms, and he's on board to direct the pilot of the Avengers spin off "SHIELD". I know that there are periods in there, but I refuse to type them more than once. It's inefficient. Whedon is supposed to stay on board after the pilot to write some more, though his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen will take over writing duties as well.

We've got a basic character summary for the core characters, which reads as these things always do: as running lists of cliches that in no way make you excited for the show. Here we go:

SKYE | This late-20s woman sounds like a dream: fun, smart, caring and confident - with an ability to get the upper hand by using her wit and charm.

AGENT GRANT WARD | Quite the physical specimen and "cool under fire," he sometimes botches interpersonal relations. He's a quiet one with a bit of a temper, but he's the kind of guy that grows on you.

AGENT ALTHEA RICE | Also known as "The Calvary," this hard-core soldier has crazy skills when it comes to weapons and being a pilot. But her experiences have left her very quiet and a little damaged.

AGENT LEO FITZ and AGENT JEMMA SIMMONS | These two came through training together and still choose to spend most of their time in each other's company. Their sibling-like relationship is reinforced by their shared nerd tendencies - she deals with biology and chemistry, he's a whiz at the technical side of weaponry.

Is everyone else cool with just casting the "Firefly" crew in these slots? I'm not sure how Nathan Fillion will pull off "late-20s woman" but I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

I'm just waiting for the series to get a full season pick up on Fox, and then halfway through the pilot the screen will go blank with the caption "Cancel This, Bitches."

(source: TV Line)

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  • Strand

    Haven't even seen the characters, but can safely guess who will be officially shipped with who, seeing how straight they're playing the war tropes. Now all they need is an enemy minority. You know, the dark horse who was one of the bad guys but now in your squad. He'd probably be linked with "AGENT ALTHEA RICE" after she gets over her racism against the enemy for blowing up her flower shop. #topical

  • Ed

    I thought "Leo Fitz" was already a character from the porn remake of Lethal Weapon 2?

  • Dave Dorris

    Can we change the name "Grant Ward" Please. Geez, every time I read it i hear "White Bread".

  • Mr_Zito

    When a claim of excessive force drives New York cop Carl Brown (Philip Michael Thomas) to early retirement, he has no other option but to take an offer by a mysterious millionaire (James Naughton) and provide security work for historian Janine Andrews (Reiko Aylesworth) who is investigating inconsistencies on the records of the most famous shipwreck in history. Titanic is classic CBS procedural that will take you on a clue-by-clue journey to the early 20th century, with each episode telling the story of one of those who were in the very same ship where Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet rose to fame in the 1997 epic James Cameron feature.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Can SHIELD agents be other nationalities? It wasn't clear to me if it was yes, or if only hot Russian defectors get a pass.

    It affects my dreamcasting, is all.

  • logan

    since none of these people have superpowers why do we care?

  • Kirstini

    I want Agent Maria Hill in this, please. Free Smulders! All the more reason for HIMYM to come to a resounding, satisfying end.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Althea Rice = Summer Glau

  • Fredo

    As long as they don't get Summer Glau anywhere near this. Otherwise, it'll be cancelled and fast!

  • Emmet O'Cuana

    All I want to know is, who will Enver Gjokaj be playing?

  • Sirilicious

    The best of the dollhouse breakout bunch by FAR. So far. Far plus twelve.

  • Lotney

    Paul Ryan?

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Oh my Godtopus, now I can't see anything else.

  • Ernest Hirsch

    "Is everyone else cool with just casting the “Firefly” crew in these slots?"

    Ugh... Enough. Can we be done with this mantra, please? It's been 10 years! It's not going to happen. Even if it did, what's to say the cast would approach anything near the chemistry they had on Firefly. Would you really want to diminish your love for Wash, Mal and the rest?

    Stop. No really. Just stop.

  • Snath


  • Ernest Hirsch

    This is the longest God damned parade I've ever attended. The County Princess float is starting to look more like a reaver ship.

  • BierceAmbrose

    You can't take the sky from meeee ....

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    We had to make it look like that to get past the Alliance blockade. Try to keep up or get off my damn rotary float!

  • Wicked

    First thing I thought about was " Firefly crew would fit in this so well, WHY does life have to be so cruel!" Sadness ensues.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Joss and Jed, huh?
    Well played, Mr and Mrs Whedon. Well played.
    Meanwhile, the oft-forgotten Steve Whedon - accountant - wants nothing to do with his kooky brothers' experiments in, 'vampires and Chinese space cowboys and Sam Jackson and all that tripe.'

  • pajiba

    Ha! I was curious, so I looked it up. He has three other brothers besides Jed (two different marriages) -- a musician, a production assistant and a game writer. Also that his Dad wrote on "Golden Girls." I also learned that his two kids' names are Arden and Squire.

    Dude. *shakes head*

  • Me

    His other other brother Zack is a writer, too. He worked on Deadwood and John From Cincinnati, writing and directing the latter's series finale. He also has credit on Dr. Horrible.

  • Vi

    great, now I can't the image of Joss riding a fake horse with his kid Squire clapping two coconut shell together out of my head

  • Steven Lloyd Wilson

    The other Whedon brothers are members of a secret society of also-run brothers along with Cooper Manning, Stephen Baldwin, and Obama's half brother in Kenya.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Well...yep, all of that kinda makes sense.

  • Squire Whedon sounds like a stuffy old dude on Downton Abbey.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Arden Whedon sounds like a minor character on GoT that lives for about a season and a half.

  • Snath

    Then head meets rock/sword/ax/arrow/dragon.

  • JenVegas

    "Is everyone else cool with just casting the “Firefly” crew in these slots?" Yes. Yes I am.

  • Skye - Karen Gillan
    Ward - Michael Trucco
    Rice - Gina Torres
    Fitz - Fran Kanz
    Simmons - Kat Dennings

  • Vi

    Dennings is already Darcy in Thor.

  • And Chris Evans is Captain America and Human Torch. Darcy is a disposable character and Dennings deserves better.

  • Jannymac

    Ummm, well Dennings does have a hit show on CBS in 2 Broke Girls. Though I think that still leaves it open to the idea that she deserves better.

  • Gabs

    You nailed the Ward casting. I'll watch the show for that.

  • Wicked

    I agree.

  • Three_nineteen

    Captain Tightpants is obviously Grant Ward, and Inara is Skye. Zoe is Althea Rice, and "shared nerd tendencies" would mean that instead of River and Simon, those two would be Kaylee and Wash.

    Anyway, does the press release really say "Calvary"? Because that is a totally different word from "cavalry". I mention this because of the Angel episode "Calvary", which was just reviewed on the Mark Watches site. Everyone there was trying to figure out if they really meant Calvary (the hill where Jesus was crucified) or if it was a spelling error.

  • Anne At Large

    I was staring at a church sign the other day and trying to decide if I had been misspelling cavalry all my life. Thank you for this.

  • TK

    I'd love it if they went balls out and used all the weird S.H.I.E.L.D. departments and psychics and mutants and magic and whatnot. Because if they don't, it's just going to end up like Alias or some shit.

    If they use S.W.O.R.D., I will geekswoon.

    But they probably won't.

    And I will be disappoint.

  • David Sorenson

    I'm geekswooning just to see that someone else knows about S.W.O.R.D.

    I know it's the internet, but I've been a geek since before it was cool. It still makes me happy to find more geeks. I never once thought that the future could be so magical, though in all honesty I always thought it would be more magical. Geeks finding each other as we flew around on jetpacks with blasters holstered at our hips. I'll take what I can get though.

  • TK

    Well then, welcome.

    And I would fucking kill a man for a jetpack. Hell, I'd kill someone I liked.

  • Please LORDOPUS, GODTOPUS, whatever puss may exist, do not let the Dushku anywhere near this.

  • llp

    Leo Fitz is obviously written for Fran Kranz.

  • Natallica

    However... Jemma Simmons = Alyson Hannigan?

  • Meh. I'd like to see him find some new girl blood.

  • Natallica

    True. But I saw her when I read the description. Though I recognize she may be kind of old for the part.

  • Guest

    And speaking about some new girl blood... on the redhead deparment... Rose Leslie, anyone?

  • Wicked

    Dushku is kinda terrible, I never really liked her as an actress. She can't do any character that has a lot of dialogue, just punch and kick, but stay quiet please.

  • However, feel free to bring on Dichen Lachman.

  • Fredo

    Too busy over on "Last Resort"

  • She's not doing much there. I'd rather see her high-kicking someone in the face.

  • Jannymac

    Skye = Buffy
    Grant = Giles
    Rice = Angel (work with me here)
    Fritz and Simmons = Willow and Xander
    Not complaining or anything...if the formula works, don't break it.

  • Idle Primate

    i believe there is a titanic airing on television right now.

  • Funky_Brewster

    On Encore on Sunday. I put it on my DVR because in order to actually hate something I have to watch it first.

  • Actually, there's two! There's the British miniseries we already saw: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T....

    But apparently there's also a 12-part Canadian series with a very Spartacus name: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

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