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

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | October 2, 2012 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | October 2, 2012 |

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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