Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: “O-8-4”

Agents of SHIELD logoHello boys and girls.  Welcome to this week’s very special episode.  This week, Agent Ward learns a little something about the importance of working together.  That’s right, this week’s theme is…teamwork!

I thought this week’s episode, “0-8-4” was great fun, despite it’s utter lack of subtlety.  Did it change the way I think about the world?  Nope.  did it give me great insights into the human condition?  Nope.  Was there an Incan temple in the rainforest?  Uh – yeah!  Good times, people, good times.

Here’s the highlights of the week:

Say it with me, y’all:  Coulson has a girl-friend, Coulson has a girl-friend!  A super unconvincing girlfriend who is obviously up to no good!  Technically she’s an ex-girlfriend.  By the end of this episode the break-up is no longer amiable.  This surprises no one.

What I imagine Coulson's married life would be like:  Hi honey.  Could you pick up my shirt from the drycleaners?  and see if they got those bloodstains out?  Thanks a mill.

What I imagine Coulson’s married life would be like: “Hi honey. Could you pick up my shirt from the drycleaners? And see if they got those bloodstains out and that big gaping tear repaired? Thanks a mill.”

Words that are deeply inspiring in light of the fact that our elected officials can’t agree on how to pay their bills:

Couslon:  Ward, you can speak six languages.  Simmons, you have PhD’s in fields I can’t pronounce.  And Fitz – you ARE a rocket scientist!  Work it out!

Skye:  I’m good at stuff, too!

It’s the plaintive tone in her voice that sells it.

Behind the scenes - so cute!

Behind the scenes – so cute!

A few moments of hilarious physical comedy – everyone backs away from the highly dangerous alien explosive, and I spend several minutes screaming at the cast to stop leaning on the raft.  Jesus, you guys.

And my favorite line,

From the Ex:  “I’m not even going to mention the Corvette!”

Coulson:  Her name is Lola:

The Ex:  Of course it is.

Coulson in car

“You’re having a midlife crisis!”
“Afterlife crisis, actually…”

Hands down the best moment comes from the very end of the episode.  By now two whole days have passed since the episode aired and yet I still can’t bring myself to screw this moment up for those of you who haven’t seen the episode yet.  just watch to the end, OK?

See you next week!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: This week’s best lines

Agents of SHIELD logoThere are so many websites that provide high quality recaps of S.H.I.E.L.D. that I’m going to forgo the full recap and just give a few highlights every week.  As a Joss Whedon fan, y’all know I’m not going to pass up the chance to write something about this show every week!

So, let’s discuss the pilot.  Did you love it?  Hate it?  I thought it was…OK.  I enjoyed the dialogue and I thought the pilot did a good job of setting up the story.  Of course the characters are completely undeveloped but they are all, well, lined up, ready for Things To Happen.  Were I not already a Marvel/Whedon fan, I’m not sure this pilot would have made me feel compelled to start watching the show.  Since I AM a Marvel/Whedon fan, of course I can’t wait for next week.

ID cards of SHIELD agents

Oooh, looks at the above handy image, which makes it so very easy to remember everyone’s name.  Here’s the outline of the pilot:  SHIELD (which I will henceforth be spelling without the pesky polka dots) is an agency that handles all this weird new superhero stuff that has become public since the events of the Avengers movie.  We have a mismatched team of people who don’t get along well – so a Whedon show.  Here’s this week’s best lines:

Grant Ward to Maria Hill:  I don’t think Thor’s technically a God.

Maria Hill:  Then you obviously haven’t been near his arms.

Maria Hill and Phil Coulson

Does anyone feel a sudden, terrible urge to start shipping Maria Hill and Phil Coulson? No? Just me, then?

Phil Coulson, referring to his dramatic entrance:  “I’m sorry, that corner was really dark, and I couldn’t help myself.  I think there’s a bulb out.”

Phil Coulson, referring to Maria Hill’s assessment of Grant Ward’s people skills:  “Under ‘people skills’ she drew a little poop, with knives sticking out of it.  That’s bad, right?”

incidentally, I’m sure that eventually I’ll be all in to Grant Ward and his childhood traumas, but right now I find him incredibly boring.  Pretty, but dull.

Yes, I know - he's very pretty and he speaks French.  and yet, I do not care.

Yes, I know – he’s very pretty and he speaks French. and yet, I do not care.

Skye:  “Yes, I have an office!  A mobile office…a van…in which I live…BY CHOICE!

Oh Skye, everything you say is adorable.  Never change, you overly cutesy and clever girl, you.

Yes, Skye, we get it - you are a nut.  But a funny nut!

Grant Ward, under the effects of truth serum:  “I try to mask my pain in front of beautiful women because it makes me seem more masculine.  My God, this stuff works fast!”

Also, one word:  “Grammy?”

This whole scene was just glorious.  Oh look, he’s kinda cute when he’s all confused:

chloe-bennet-shield-stills

And word about props – hey, it’s Coulson and his megaphone!  And the car!  LOVE THE CAR!

One thing I notice in typing these out is how very dry the humor is and how much it relies on the actors to deliver the lines just right to get the joke across.  Stay tuned next week for more jokes that you probably had to be there for, and to see if the following things happen:

  • Skye and Grant’s instant dislike of each other turns into a huge crush
  • My dislike of Grant morphs into a huge crush (NEVER!)
  • Melinda May gets more than two lines
  • Ron Glass ruins all the scenes he’s in by inadvertently causing me to scream with delight whenever he shows up, thus ensuring that I miss all the lines.  How soon will that wear off, do you think?
Ron Glass in SHIELD

Oh, don’t be mad at me, Ron! I’m only screaming as a sign of joy!