Agents of SHIELD 1×07 ‘The Hub’: Big Brother is so… big

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This episode had some wonderful concepts, and characterizations. It also had one of my favorite mechanisms for opening a television show, that is to say, it opened in the middle of the end of a story. That’s always a hoot. Also Coulson is just awesome. I suspect he is Vision. For all of you super-fans out there leave a comment if you agree. Anyhow while we’re treated to the hierarchy of SHIELD in all of its bureaucratic majesty we also have the added benefit of new sets! Who doesn’t love new sets? The whole thing reminds me of Venture Bro.’s and the nozzle but that’s because the whole idea for THAT part of the show was based off of the comics that led to the alternate universe that is the basis for THIS show. Am I right or am I right?

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The new set we get is the Hub. The Hub is in a classified location but designed by some architechture grad student and situated within walking or driving distance to what would appear to be a power plant, a radar station, and 5-6 thousand commuters. Shhh, it’s secret. They also mentioned the Triskelion is much bigger. This made me squee because while they mentioned it offhandedly that is a big comic book thing. That pleased me very very much,
We are then introduced to Agent Hand who appears to be some sort of superior to Coulson. She might be a colleague but they are really unclear about that. While the team talks over and over about classification and Skye can’t wrap her head around the notion of a hierarchy we finally delve into the mission. Some people in some sor of former Soviet sattelite managed to make a noise bomb that can shoot sound at weapons, detonating them. They allege that it could make a nuclear bomb detonate but let us be perfectly clear: That is not how nukes work. They’re not like dynamite. They use dynamite sometimes, but whatever.

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Fitz and Ward are the guys for the job and during the whole mission prep Fitz and Simmons make so many furtive looks it reminds me of an entire season of Dawson’s Creek. They’re totally into each other and its sweet. Fitz decides he is gonna be super cool this episode too, with is nice. We finally get to see him not be a bumbling fool.
Coulson is starting to realize he might not be the man he thought. His whole Tahiti schtick is starting to sound forced even to him and that makes me really believe in the suspicions that he may or may not be Vision (a robot designed to help the Avengers) but that is just hearsay. By the time he realizes they sort of threw his team under the bus, Fitz is done being super cool and Ward is done trying to act like he isn’t the coolest dude he knows. All in all its a pretty great episode, lots of little gems for the comic book geek watching and lots of little dramatic hints to all sorts of future plots I can’t wait for them to reveal. The only problem I have is while this show does tie-in to the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) I feel like maybe using it as a giant promotional for Thor 2 is too extreme: 92/100

Seen here: more furtive glances:

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Christo S.

is a long time avid television watcher who has watched to completion over 115 TV shows (seriously, ask him). In his spare time of which he has decidedly too little he enjoys the great outdoors and sleeping. He is a student of physics at a university though, so he mostly drinks coffee.

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