For an episode titled “Closure,” and with so much at stake this season of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” promises are implied. Will there really be closure? As Agent Coulson declares personal war on Ward, the heat is on, and the question is – who gets burned? Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “Closure.”
Warning: The following article contains justifications, backronyms, and head-canon. Reader discretion is advised.
The moment when the scales fell from my eyes was about midway in the first Iron Man (2008) film. Tony Stark has escaped his captors, the Ten Rings, and has returned home. Pepper Potts is approached by a well groomed civil servant type who’d like a few words with Tony Stark.
But here’s the thing. He introduced himself as Phil Coulson, agent of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division. That was an ingenious acronym in a storytelling sense. By 2008 the word “homeland” had been abused so much that it would make anyone’s brain shut down. Okay, I picked it up, but for the majority of viewers it wouldn’t have meant anything.
Coulson leads a strike force against Obadiah Stane (that doesn’t turn out so well), and eventually he asks Pepper to just call them S.H.I.E.L.D. Then we get the post-credits sequence. Spoiler: Nick Fury shows up.
Follow me after the jump where we’ll take a closer look at S.H.I.E.L.D. through its ever-changing state in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Yes, that’s the lead for this week’s column regarding the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series, as I stand in for regular S.H.I.E.L.D. columnist Glenn Walker, who is currently enjoying a much-deserved holiday aboard the Trisklelion this week.
Now, I know that some of you may shrug your shoulders and utter a hollow “meh”, thinking that the series hasn’t been all that interesting, and that you kind of tuned out at some point last year. The truth is that ever since the three quarter mark of last season, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been in an upward trajectory and this season, specifically, has been absolutely outstanding. It’s almost like it didn’t know what to be at its’ beginning, was then a marketing tool for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and has now finally found it’s own legs.
I repeat: tonight’s episode, I dare say, has been the best one yet.
Follow me after the jump and, with all of the Tuesday night action, intrigue and revelations, I’ll tell you why!