Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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Clark Gregg, "Pilot," 1x1 | © ABC Studios and Marvel Studios

"Don't EVER tell me there's no way!"

Updated, June 11, 2020

Besides being a series built around someone we loved and lost, the passion and emotion in Clark Gregg's voice in this moment sold me immediately on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. This trailer gets right to the heart of Phil Coulson before we've seen a single episode. He doesn't give up...and he really loves his car. ;)

This is my most anticipated show of the fall. I can't wait for this one because it's live action Marvel on the small screen, which gives more time to tell intricate stories. I can't wait for it because Joss Whedon cares about character, story, and relatability. (And now I know Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen have the same sensibilities.) I can't wait for it because I need something to fill the aching place that Fringe left. But mostly I can't wait to see how Gregg literally breathes new life into this warmhearted, amusing, and heroic character.

I loved Coulson since his debut in Marvel's super first entry, Iron Man, and it really hurt to lose him in The Avengers when we were just really getting to know him. We didn't know what we were getting ourselves into, getting our wish in getting him back. It hurt much worse when they took him away again in the first series finale at "The End" of season 5...and then again with season 6's "New Life." Though it had the Whedon touch—and we all know the emotional turmoil that entails—we really had no idea what we were getting ourselves into with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. No idea how we would be drawn into this grand story arc that would take us through all kinds of emotions. That it would be so much fun. That it would have such a great sense of humor and devastate us in equal turns. We should have, since the Whedon touch involves such well-drawn characters emotional turmoil, but still it's a surprise every time how beautifully it all works to get us deeply involved.

But let's hop back on these T.R.A.C.K.S. (that'll be amusing when you get to the 13th episode) and finish my thoughts from the very beginning of this marvelous show. I would be okay if MAOS had been a prequel, though slightly disappointed since I'd know how it all ends for him; it would be very bittersweet. But as we've known since the show was officially announced a while ago, it takes place after the events of last year's blockbuster. Apparently enough of us were affected by the loss, so many fans pitched in on the Coulson Lives movement, that Coulson really does live again. I hope there's a great explanation for his survival that doesn't diminish his sacrifice. Maybe he was revived but Fury didn't tell the team, as has always been my hope. Whatever happens, I'm so happy to have Clark Gregg back on my TV every week, no matter how long it lasts. Seven years, if you're wondering.

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