The Weight of Providence
"There’s gotta be something here. This means something. This has to mean something. The world needs us. Hydra is out there. We cannot let them win. We cannot let them define us. Do you understand that? We are not agents of nothing. We are agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and that still carries weight. It – it has to carry weight. After everything we’ve been through, that carries weight!"
Every episode has a moment that defines it. This is that moment in "Providence." In fact, it defines Coulson and the entire show and brings tears to those caught off gaurd. It's said with conviction and passion at a time of sheer desperation. It's poignantly written and acted and assures me that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will remain a favorite for years to come. To those who got off this Bus early, you're missing an intricate story weaved of past threads that has exceptional moments of growth between the characters and unexpected betrayal that actually stings. You're missing terrific performances from a talented cast, no one member of which is weak in any way. You're missing an experience connected with a wider universe, which is self-contained enough for the emotional impact to resonate independently of that universe. You're missing the humor that disarms and the darkness that humanizes. You're just missing a beautifully-crafted series.
*If GIFs are not syncing, please clear your cache. So, yeah, I meant to split up "everything" to be more centered, but I forgot and then work came in. Now I'm busy. :(