'Agents of SHIELD' Agent of the Week Award: Why a Lab Geek Trumps All
'Agents of SHIELD' Agent of the Week Award: Why a Lab Geek Trumps All
Bill King
Bill King
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
The premiere for the highly-anticipated Marvel action series Agents of SHIELD is in the books, so here is the first of our weekly feature highlighting the best agent from each episode.

Superheroes are the obvious theme of the show, but most agents, it would seem, do not possess any special abilities other than advanced training, tech savvy-ness and awesome comedic one-liners.

I haven't decided yet if superheroes will be eligible for the award, but seeing as how the only mutant (I know they're not using the word in the series, but I'm sticking to my roots) this week was half-villain with weak Spider-Man-like powers, I wouldn't have picked Mr. Mike Peterson/The Hooded Hero anyway.

And since we're only one episode in, our knowledge of the agents is rather limited, and there aren't that many to choose from at this point.

It'd be easy to always pick Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), as he always gets the snappiest bits and is the glue that holds this team together, so that's a pitfall that will be difficult to avoid. 

Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) only appeared for a brief period, and it remains to be seen if her presence served simply as a link to her role in The Avengers movie. Plus I still haven't figured out the whole Google search-foot fetish thing.

I think Agent Melinda May will rack up her share of awards, but for now she's just a pilot/driver with a mysterious backstory. She did a great job of kicking that one bad dude's butt, but it lasted like four seconds and she got her own ass handed to her by Mike in the van.

Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) had an impressive one-on-several battle with some baddies in the opening, but then his highlights included getting drugged by his boss, staring at a hacker's chest, saying the word "Gramsy" and sniping a dude who was about to explode. Some of it was impressive, but nothing really wow-worthy.

Skye (Chloe Bennett) started out as Rising Sun hacker Skye but became Agent Skye by the end. She dropped several of the best lines, including the Spider-Man "great power" rip and the T1000 quip, and she gets bonus points for using her physical assets to their full advantage during her interrogation, but this isn't a "best lines" or "best breasts" competition (unfortunately). As far as the action went, she got caught twice, by Mike and by SHIELD, and the coolest thing she did was trick Mike into letting her hack SHIELD and pass on GPS coordinates. 

Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) had the Harry Potter line and creates the cool gadgets, but we didn't get a ton out of her. 

The Award Goes To...

No, it is her inseparable partner, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), who takes down week one trophy with his crime-scene recreation. He somehow used corrupted surveillance video synced with interference-riddled audio, motion estimation, a beam splitter and diffraction theory to render a perfect holographic depiction of the exact events leading up to the lab explosion. It's like magic, but it's science.

Which agent were you most impressed by in the premiere episode? Do you agree with Fitz, or were you pulling for someone else?

You can watch Agents of SHIELD every Tuesday at 8pm on ABC. 

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