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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Loki Sceptre/Staff Thingy, Bad-A## Simmons and 90s References Galore #AgentsofSHIELD


Loki Sceptre/Staff Thingy, Bad-A## Simmons and 90s References Galore #AgentsofSHIELD

Pictures courtesy of Marvel and ABC.

It’s the week of the Avengers: Age of Ultron premiere! Yes, many of you are drooling over that fact and are going crazy trying to fit in every possible movie, TV show and comic book tie-in you can before going to see it, refreshing yourself on those tiny factoids about each and every character so you can catch all of the easter eggs and act as if you knew all of these things from off the top of your head while talking to your friends about the movie. But before you entrench yourself in that #MarvelMovieMarathon (as an aside, if you need something to eat, check out my Philly Cheese Steak Soup recipe tonight; next post) we still have one episode of #AgentsofSHIELD to talk about.
 

So, the last episode before the movie saw the old band getting back togther. We had Fitz on the background vocals, May coolly playing the drums, Simmons on keys, Ward—yes, Ward!--on the base and Coulson on the lead vocal. Oh, and Daisy Skye Daisy playing the tambourine. Don’t laugh at her, she’s really good at shaking that tambourine. How did they get together? Well...
 
 
It all started with Coulson turning himself into “the real shield” because there is an important mission for them to complete that involves rescuing deathlok and the guy that has been flirting with Skye from the inhumans hideaway. Edward James Almos plays his part well here but what is most interesting is the little throwaway comment that Coulson makes about the thing in Almos’ SHIELD ship. Secrets abound as Almos nearly blushes at the mention of it which makes me wonder if they’ll ever explore it, and what exactly is it.

Meanwhile, Daisy/Skye knows that she has to go and at least rescue the guy who her mother sent to follow her and was captured with Deathlok. She is only allowed to reconnect with her SHIELD buddies when porcupine—I mean, Raina has a vision of it. She, just like I did, correctly identified who Raina was. No, she’s not Tigra or that chick from the comics with the yellow jumpsuit. She’s clearly Sonic the Hedgehog and she’s been all pissed not because she hates what she has become, but because no one will give her a chili dog and no matter how many times she tucks herself and presses down and the B button, she can’t go fast enough to beat her all-time record (#MillenialsGetIt). As if that wasn’t the best 90s reference, the writers had to fit in a Candyman reference because, you know... pop culture!
 
 

While working through it all, Fitz and Simmons have a conversation that starts with him thanking her for sandwiches because while nearly drowning may have messed with Fitz’s head, it didn’t mess with his heart. Simmons changes the subject to more ruthless weapons to be used on Ward partly because she wants to kill him and partly because I suspect she still has the fever (don’t act like I’m the only one who saw her in season one drooling over Deathlok before he was Deathlok and making googly eyes at Trip. Side note: Ms. Henstridge is unbelievably charming to me. I might have a thing for her). She is quick to volunteer for the in-field work so she can work on Deathlok when they find him. But she also uses this time to try killing Ward as she promised, instead disintegrating Bakshi.
 
Meme courtesy of this Tumblr Page.
The best part of the show came when Daisy was finally allowed to kickbutt in a continuous shot that looked like a steadicam/video game send up (go @ChloeBennet4!). She not only proved that she is becoming a more and more important part of the team but that she is learning how to use her powers at a remarkable rate. I really hope she’s in the Inhumans movie.

After all of that, it is revealed that the team went to procure intel on the location of the sceptre that Loki was poking everyone with in the first Avengers film. Viewers of the last Captain America already know that it is in the care of Baron Von Strucker. This leads Coulson to have a conversation with Maria Hill and send fanboys and fangirls squealing with anticipation as he tells her that they need to reactivate the Avengers and have them go get the sceptre which people assume is the opening scene of Age of Ultron.
 
 

What did you think of the episode? Did you like it as a lead-up to the Avengers or would you like to have had a deeper connection with the film like the show did with Captain America? Are you excited for what the Marvel television and cinematic universe has in-store for the coming months? Let me know in the comments’ section.

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Until then, “No Doc, I’m back. I’m back from the future.”

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