“I love you. Yeah. I thought that would shut you up.”

With all the just great genre TV popping up here in the Spring (ABC’s The Crossing and Netflix’s Lost in Space two stunners right out of the gate). it’s easy to forget old standbys like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just doing what they do best. I’ve been lamenting the Fridays-at-9 pm timeslot, in that it kills social media discussion dead by not making seeing it right away seem a priority as you have all weekend to get to it, which protracts social media discussion of it across three or four days even amongst the gotta-see-its as the early adopters wait for their friends to catch up and throw in their two cents. I’ve seen this myself with the responses to these columns; it seems that when they go up, we’ve already hashed out the good stuff.

“I’ve got an old injury acting up; I’m not sure about my timetable.”

ABC just revealed the May 18 season ender is called “The End.” It’s hard not to think it won’t be a series finale, either. So, sure, they keep hitting the beach ball up in the air but it’s hard to keep the enthusiasm going with placeholder episodes like these. It’s got to be kind of a bummer if you are losing people like me.

“It’s a rescue mission; look at them.”

I just hope they leave it with Coulson alive and S.H.I.E.L.D. a viable, respected super-spy team, at the end of all these shenanigans. What a valiant, valiant effort. But I can’t help what wonder what a blast a show about the secret agency at the fringes of the MCU might have been. I know they weren’t trying to tank the concept, but…

“I know you didn’t try to kill me; I know that was a skin job.”

Nice Blade Runner shout-out.

“Nonsense. I’m protecting England. From evil robots with the man I love.”

Coulson has always been the heart of the show, despite the Whedons trying to make it Daisy. But if there is anyone who is as rock-solid S.H.I.E.L.D. than Simmons, I should like to hear your candidate. I hated her character, initially, but boy has she been a treat in the narrative.

“Yes. I made that decision. And I will be making the rest, today.”

Sorry I missed last week’s column, so this one with its stuff above and these chewings down below are a bit of a double observation, but come on! the show has been a bit overshadowed by the theatrical release of Infinity War. Nobody’s fault, really, but, me, personally, I wish there were a bit more of IT’S ALL CONNECTED than Gary Busey nodding out from whatever he’s on and saying, “Aliens, huh? Have you seen all this weird stuff happening in New York?

“How was I to know there was an ‘alien invasion’ option?”

Guys. That is literally the only nod to the events of Avengers: Infinity War.

I kind of don’t have anything else say about this show unless next week is a giant freak-out that half of humanity has been erased.

But not Phil. He has to put it all back together.


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