'Agents of SHIELD' review: ABC-Marvel show lives up to the hype

If there is a new series on TV this fall that's the definition of "critic-proof," it's "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD."ABC has relentlessly marketed the show all summer. Yet aside from a screening for fans at Comic-Con and another one for critics at the TCA press tour, the network has kept Tuesday's (Sept. 24) premiere episode under lock and key. So what you're about to read comes from that TCA screening, not a fresh viewing of the pilot episode and certainly not of anything from further ahead in the series.On one level, keeping such tight control over the show makes sense. The success of the Marvel movies and "The Avengers" -- "SHIELD" is more or less a TV spinoff of that film -- in particular strongly suggest there's an audience that's going to show up regardless. It's also kind of novel these days, when pilot episodes stream online weeks before their airdates, to guard a show...



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