So here’s a thing I noticed that is going unremarked: somebody’s still talking to Deathlok, and I know who it is.
I could tell you right now, but that’d make a short column. EJ and Myndi and Don and the rest of the beans would be mad because you come here for the content. “Bruce Willis is dead the whole time” isn’t a spoiler; it’s just a short conversation. But I promise I’ll talk a little and I’ll point stuff out and maybe your day’ll go by a little faster once I drop it on you. This is Larry Young, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. comin’ out with music and fun; if you’re not careful, you might learn something’ before it’s done! Na, na, na; gonna have a good time! Hey! Hey! Hey!
Lotta you may know, I was Deathlok, there, for a while, in the comics. Commander of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Air Calvary, flying cars, until Jack Truman stole my body with the Tibetan mind-switch, and I rampaged off into the 616 a drunken jackass with a robot body. So I pay a little too close attention to all the iterations of Deathlok and I’m thrilled the guy gets a live-action iteration.
But last night, huh? “Is there anyone left to give orders?” Coulson is giving the orders, and he doesn’t like it.
My good pal, Air Force Captain Kevin Kemarly, gives me a hard time because I keep saying Agent Ward is deep deep deep cover as a good guy, and it is increasingly hard to defend that position. But confidential to our man stationed in North Dakota: I note that last night Ward didn’t kill the cops; he just gave them incapacitating TV bullet leg wounds. Would a “bad guy” do that?
Even the missus is getting into the show, now. She watches it with me, because she knows how much I like S.H.I.E.L.D., but so far it’s been more along the lines of my husband likes bird-watching, so we have to go to the meadow in springtime because I love him kind of thing until Winter Soldier. Now, she’s really into it, making cool observations and asking me questions about S.H.I.E.L.D. history and it’s awesome. This morning, I was bouncing some ideas off her for the column as she was getting ready for work and I asked her if anything stood out to her about the episode I could riff on. The ABC commercial bumpers, she said. “Usually, Clark Gregg says. ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return in a moment’ at the end of the episode before the sting, but last night he just said, ‘We’ll return in a moment.’ That was a little spooky.”
So, let’s just let that one sit for a second, yeah?
But something my pal Jon Towers said lit my fuse. Just off-handedly, he said that he loved the bit with Agent Hill and Agent May in the beginning having their Big Man conversation, delivering the exposition while being badasses. It was, he said, completely obvious to him that when Hill was talking about working for Tony Stark and “privatizing global security” that she was talking about them working on Ultron.
So, hey, I thought. The Clairvoyant wasn’t Thomas Nash, and it might have been Arnim Zola, but his mainframe was destroyed. Might have been Alexander Pierce, but Fury killed him. Sure was a lot of product-placement during Lola’s death fall scene, wasn’t there?
They’re setting up Avengers 2 right under everyone’s noses, and nobody sees it. Somebody’s still talking to Deathlok’s eye.
And it’s Ultron.