So after the large “whatever” sigh that was Gotham, I was holding my breath even more for the season premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which did not disappoint at all.
The whole episode revolved around the team retrieving the very first 084 that was confisgated from Hydra by Peggy Carter and The Howling Commandos once upon a time.
Then we flashed forward, and found out about all of the changes with the team. Coulson is wearing himself out trying to recruit agents. Skye has bangs! Fitz can’t finish his sentences without Simmons! May is…basically the same.
And Ward is suicidal, and has a beard. Also, clearly still hot for Skye. Also, as Chrissy and I put it last night:
Me: Ugh, they’re going to Spike him aren’t they?
Chrissy: Like a Volleyball.
(Fangirl Dictionary: spike (verb): to take a villain and turn him into an anti hero and then a good guy over the course of about a 10 episode arc. Derived from Buffy)
Oh right, and Lucy Lawless is around.
Look, like the best of S.H.I.E.L.D. this episode gave us a lot of action, a heist, some cool car chases, a sort of scary baddy, some easter eggs, a big inspirational speech from Coulson and a bunch of cool twists.
The action, mostly with the new team breaking into secure facilities and May fighting that baddy, The Absorbing Man, who was visualized pretty well.
The twists, well, finding out that Ward has gone bonkers was a decent one, thought not like, huge, or anything. He was pretty well there when the season ended. But that May is still monitoring Coulson was also a neato detail and that I liked a lot. And that Ward knows about Skye’s Father.
But then there was the big one. The extent of Fitz’s brain injury was much more than it was made out to be and Simmons has left the team. He’s been hallucinating her.
I was already getting all feeling face over Fitz not quite being able to grasp things, but finding out that he’s both damaged and delusional set me off sobbing. It was possibly the most emotional thing to happen on my TV in a while. And I watched Bruce Wayne’s parents get gunned down last night.
As for those Easter Eggs. Obviously, seeing Peggy and the Guys in the opening was great. As was Tripp going undercover as “General Jones!” Also, the gang stole a Quin Jet. QUIN JET! Seriously. Which means that obviously S.H.I.E.L.D. has had dealing with Wakanda. Which means BLACK PANTHER.
Or possibly not at all.
Anyway, it was a good opening, built on momentum. I realize I didn’t comment much on Coulson, because it felt like he wasn’t in the episode much.
But you guys. Ward has a beard, and suicidal tendencies. And Fitz is crazy and Simmons left him. I think we can all agree that those things are a good deal more important than how Coulson is doing as Director. (Well, it would seem. He seems to be very good at this job.)