Well, that’s the way to come back from a holiday break, isn’t it? Honestly, it’s hard not to believe that the Whedons and ABC thought to themselves, jeez; Larry really seemed to like Agent Carter, there, at the end. Let’s remind him why he loves Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so much, shall we? We can’t tip our hand too much, right here, out of the gate, but let’s ring the boy’s chimes, shall we?

So, yes, Earth from space; I’m listening. The slow pull-back to a head’s-up display revealing the interior of a clandestine space ship… the neoprene shoulder of a spacesuit with an old-skool S.H.I.E.L.D. curvy bird? Then everything explodes? Oh, yes; I’ll be watching the rest of this episode with sharpened eyes and heightened senses, oh, yes, I will. Hard not to think that’s a bit of S.W.O.R.D., even after Bill Paxton offed the security detail with the IDs but no identifying marks at the end of the first season. Always thought that was a S.W.O.R.D. base, and nobody has said different.

Waugh! And then President Ellis shows up and says in a few lines of dialogue that S.H.I.E.L.D. is a black ops team, again? The Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions? Yes, please. So, A., it’s great to see some interplay between the movies and the shows that William Sadler is still President Ellis in the show as he is in the films, but 2., I sure would like to see some more nods from the flicks back to the show. If you were following the show, you know that Coulson and his team were responsible for Nick Fury being able to save the day with the mothballed helicarrier in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but how hard would it have been to have Mac or Fitz or someone on the helicarrier bridge in the flick? I get how they can’t say “Coulson did it” because that causes trouble maybe you don’t want to explain, the Avengers not knowing Coulson is alive again, but…

…wait. I let this whole thing get away from me, didn’t I?

One of the powerful observations I had from this ep is that even with them frozen by a Big Bad with paralysis powers, I am really looking forward to Most Wanted with Bobbi, Hunter, and Dominic Fortune. Bobbi and Hunter unable to move on the cold cement floor because of fish oil powers are still more engaging than most shows on network TV. I hope their pilot gets picked up for series. Like Arrow and The Flash get to meet up two or three times a year, I’d love an expansion on the Marvel TV universe and have Bobbi and Hunter on the run for McGuffin reasons and meet up with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. during sweeps. If “sweeps” is even a thing, anymore, in the present landscape of pop culture consumption. I don’t know. Point is; man, I’d love to see another show with these two as the leads. I don’t think it’d take away from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. because of the strength of Coulson, May, and Daisy. Dang, do a The Paper Chase-type show with Fitz and Simmons, and you’re not diluting the audience.

“You two deserve each other.”

I really like Slingshot. I mean, “Yo-yo.” There’s already a speedster on the CW so it’s incumbent upon the writers to reveal a new take so they don’t get the “girl-Flash” criticism. I really like how they’ve put a governor on the power, in that she’s got super-speed in the space of her own heartbeat, but also returns to where she’d started. That’s dramatically interesting, like being invisible for only an hour a day, or being able to travel through time, but only within your own lifetime.

Armless Coulson on hold with Powers Boothe. Give us three more seconds of that, editors. You cut away before maximum hilarity.

I hesitate to link you all away from Spunkybean in general and my brilliance in particular, because I’m an O.G. marketer from way back, but genius is genius, and game recognize game. My old pal Charlie Jane over at io9 has a great article about how the Marvel movies ignoring the boots-on-the-ground of the Marvel shows, on ABC and Netflix, really are sort of painting themselves into the clichéd woodwork, corner, ground, whatever. It’s not a winner, that’s what I’m saying. The Disney folks should be aware of the corporate synergy they’re wasting, like Charlie Jane outlines. Per the article, it worked well from TV to film about the Hydra reveal in Winter Soldier; imagine how well it’d work the other way. Honestly, it seems like everyone in the audience sees it better than the corporate stewards. Those folks aren’t chumps, so there’re probably political strictures in play those of us in the seats don’t know anything about. Which is fair enough, but it still smells funny. Hope those handshakes happen sooner rather than later… and, holy crap. They just teased a S.H.I.E.L.D. space-capable craft in the open of this week’s ep. Did they just tip S.W.O.R.D.? “Three months from “now” is June, 2016. Guardians of the Galaxy, next May? Showing how Hulk ends up in Thor: Ragnarok? More probably, something more show-centric? No matter what, the audience wants a better integration of show-to-flick, Uncle Walt. Come on. Give us what we want.



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