Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1, Episode 18

Providence (15 Apr. 2014)

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With Colonel Glenn Talbot now on their trail, Coulson and his team seek refuge in the last place anyone would look, where they begin to uncover S.H.I.E.L.D.'S most dangerous secrets -- secrets that could destroy them all.

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With Colonel Glenn Talbot now on their trail, Coulson and his team seek refuge in the last place anyone would look, where they begin to uncover S.H.I.E.L.D.'S most dangerous secrets -- secrets that could destroy them all.

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The coordinates sent to Agent Coulson's badge point to a nameless road in eastern Ontario, Canada less than 20 miles from the border of Quebec. See more »

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Hydra attacks a S.H.I.E.L.D. base with an Cobra attack helicopter. The main gun is a massive M197 20mm cannon, yet the bullet holes are roughly the size of handgun rounds. See more »

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Phil Coulson: What's with the windows?
Eric Koenig: Supposed to make the isolation more bearable. Every day of the week, different view. Wednesday's pretty terrific if you like topless beaches.
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Just saying... Very Whedon, VERY Whedon
10 May 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

I am writing this review after seeing the episode in sequence and I have no idea where this series is headed. Ooops, sorry, actually I do have an idea, sort of an idea, and I mention it below....

Notes in no particular order:

1. WOW. I am not a young guy, I have been watching since Howdy Doody, and I thought I had seen it all. This is the first time I have ever seen an A-List series with a plot arc that intersects an in-theatres A-List movie, in real time. OK, you got me. Simultaneous media? Impressive.

2. Generally, this series has evolved faster than any series I have ever seen. I guess I should have seen this coming, since Buffy fans must remember how each new season of Angel/Buffy started so slow you wondered if you were on the wrong channel...? And then took off like a rocket. Very Whedon.

3. Speaking of all things Whedon, I want to make one thing very clear. We are talking the man (and his family too, it seems) who more or less invented the "long arc." So while (in real time, at least for me) I am only at episode 18, I want to make a prediction. Whether or not this series is destined to be short-lived, or a mainstay (I suspect the latter); and whether or not the final episode this season "appears" to resolve things, or not; I am totally confident that Joss and his team have already mapped out stories to the year 2044. Of course, even within the most optimistic probability matrix, the series won't be here then (and neither will I) but that is how he works. He can't help it.

Why is this important to share? Because this means that no matter how many unresolved arcs and sub-stories you THINK you are dealing with now, Joss and his team have already planted the seeds in prior episodes for several dozen more to come, and you just haven't noticed. (Don't feel bad -- neither have I.) History may record that Marvel's association with Team Whedon is one of the most fortuitous business combinations in history. The Marvel archive to Whedon is what sunlight is to Superman. (Oops, politically mixed metaphor)

PS: Human nature fascinates me. Studies have shown that individuals from all cultures become nervous and uncomfortable when a story is left unfinished or incomplete. And the media use this against us. This technique was very popular a century ago ("cliff hangers") and is now very much back in vogue. I know that I for one will be waiting for AGENTS OF SHIELD to pick up next year, as will, I suspect, several millions others. But whether or not this is because I am being truly entertained... or merely teased ... is another matter entirely.


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