My kid wanted to watch The Avengers when we got home from Age of Ultron and it was weird seeing Coulson interacting with everyone because I think he’s such his own guy, now. They need to step up those movie guy cameos in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., because as the missus said last night, she wished the first one back from the movie’s drop should have felt more “event-y.” Make it seem more like these things are taking place in the same world, instead of just referencing events and showing clips from the films as news on TV you missed. Sure did like Eddie Jim growling “Ultron” around and out from underneath his moustache, though, in that whiskey-and-gravel voice of his. I think they really did it perfectly with Winter Soldier, last year, when on TV the Tuesday before you had everybody talking about the mission to go see Batroc, and then end the episode with Fury’s fake-cop car chase from the flick. So you got a little idea about what Coulson and Garrett and everyone were doing while the events of Winter Soldier unfolded. And then we come back the Tuesday after opening weekend to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and OH MY GOD EVERYONE IS HAILING HYDRA.
That is how you do it.
I think the audience expected a little more integration of TV and movie what with everyone with a Marvel Studios business card saying “It’s all connected” all the time. I loved the teaser with the Patton Oswalt LMDs giving each other crap and the closet full of identical suits and the briefcase full of lanyards for the various bases and the big reveal that the Theta Protocol was Coulson and the Koenigs gassing up the original helicarrier in case Fury needs it to get somebody out of trouble, and setting up the hundred-bed New Avengers facility in upstate New York. That was great. Kinda took the deus a little out of the machina that its sudden appearance seemed to be in the last act of Age of Ultron, with Fury just having a throwaway line about how it all came together with a little help from his friends. I know SFX budgets are always an issue, but with The Bus gone, Coulson and his team need to commandeer ol’ number 64 and fly Lola off the top deck of that thing every once in a while.
But, yeah; the teaser was great, but that should have been an entire episode. Show us the many-Bothans-died version of what happened to get that thing up and ready, starring Badass Coulson and the Clown Car Koenig Brothers and their Robot Socks. I mean, I’m not complaining, really. This episode was satisfying. But it seems like there’s one side of the writer’s room that wants to let off the vibranium leash and another side that wants to do an Inhumans telenovela, and neither side is really being served well. It starts out great: “This way, we’ll have a cool underground base and a boat” and then there’s something vague about a hundred year old Kree shape-changing failsafe, and then Gonzalez gets hit with the terrigen and freezes up right when he says “You’ll get everyone killed, you crazy…”
But you can’t have another year of SHIELD being on the run in a show called Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. My guess is the world sees the Helicarrier saving all the Sokovians and goes back to thinking they’re good guys, with whatever happening in the season finale setting up next year’s villain. It’s looking pretty clear at this point that it’s Cal and Jaiying and The Inhumans going to war, fearing for their survival.
Cal’s “muscle milk” vials were empty, so chances approach 100% we see Mr. Hyde next week. I think they’re setting Mack up to be in the S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff, Agents of People Who Have Issues With Coulson.
I don’t see how they can do an Inhumans movie with the royal family, now, unless Jaiying Terrigen-crystals the planet at the end of next week. Hmmm.
Oh, sorry. Was that table old? It looked old.