Note: last night I live blogged the premiere. Now that I've slept on it, I've put together a little more coherent review. Be Warned - there ARE mild spoilers.
Okay, so its a day later. I've read some initial responses to the premiere, ranging from "it was awesome," to "it was underwhelming.". I'm falling along the awesome side of the continuum, though not necessarily saying it was perfect. Strong, yes. Perfect, no.
What I liked:
I loved the way the events of THE AVENGERS were tied in to the opening, establishing a world where superheroes and aliens are now revealed in full.
I enjoyed the way Agent Coulson was shown to have somehow survived. Stepping out of the shadows and making a quip about a "bulb out" was perfect.
The writing was fun, especially the dialogue. Joss Whedon has a golden ear for the spoken word.
The message about character, responsibility and who you are trumping what you have gave me a lot to chew on.
A cameo by Ron Glass and a "special guest" appearance by Colbie Smulders made me smile.
The effects were almost too good for television.
One word: Lola.
What I wasn't crazy about:
Actually not much.
I didn't care much for the hints that Coulson doesn't the whole story of his near-death experience. I'm worried where they might go with that.
I was concerned that the story was almost too connected to IRON MAN 3.
I do plan to watch the premiere again before episode two to refresh my memory and follow the story better. A very, very solid effort, and one of the best new shows on TV.