Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Special Agent Duckmouth

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s pilot was okay.  It was humorous, it had a plot element that tied into Ironman 3, and it brought back Agent Coulson.  All good things.  However it has there is one thing in my mind that it has going against it.  With the next episode airing tonight I thought I would bring it  to everyone's attention.

But first of all I have to point out that all the super-educated scientist SHIELD agents look like they're about 19 years old.  Its a little ridiculous.  

But whatever, its "crime-drama/scifi" TV.  They're going to do that, ever since goth forensic lady on NCIS was such a big hit.

Then there's the "retired super-agent" lady, who they all "have heard stories about" and thought she was "out of the game." This wizened old mentor is like a whopping 29 years old.

However, all that is not really a big deal and that is not what is annoying me about this show.

What is driving me nuts is the sheer amount of duckmouth coming out of the actors.  Especially the main tough-guy agent dude.  Its nonstop duckmouth time.
The first five minutes were pure Special Agent Duckmouth, and it was hard to watch.
Even the bit parts are played by actors from the school of duckmouth.  Here our Special Agent Duckmouth runs into some bad lady.  What's she doing for her two seconds on screen?  Straight duckmouth (Angelina Jolie edition).  I can barely take it.  The duckmouth-ery going on in this otherwise fairly good show is out of control.
Now, there are two good actors in this show.  Let me show you what their mouths look like when they're closed.  First, Special Agent Coulson, otherwise known as Clark Gregg. He can close his mouth like a person.
See? No Duckmouth. Good.  Second, how about Cobie Smulders?  She also can close her mouth like a normal human.
So now we know that closing your mouth is possible in Hollywood without the duckmouth.  So what do you think the chances are that someone told the rest of the cast to table all the duckmouth before shooting the rest of the season?  I guess we'll find out.

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