Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
0-8-4: You Took a Bullet?
Season 1, Episode 2 Thoughts


Clark Gregg and Chloe Bennet, "0-8-4," 1x2 | © ABC Studios and Marvel Studios

"An Asgardian stabbed me through the heart with a Chitauri sceptre."

So, Coulson did get it through his heart. Poor guy. When Fury said Coulson died, I held out hope through the rest of The Avengers, and the end credits, that it was a lie to unite the team. I knew it had to be. I was wrong. The movie was witty, warm, and action-packed, and I left the theater with another favorite, but I still wanted the tragedy to be righted in a subsequent film. Did I wish that The Avengers had been written differently? Absolutely not; it was perfect the way it was. It shocked me, made me feel a loss, and gave the movie more depth and purpose. What I wanted the next chapter to do was to expand on something that wasn't shown. I thought there was room for interpretation and that disbelief in many of us, as I've mentioned before, translated into differing theories, beautiful art, endless tweets, and a world-spanning project to save our beloved S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Yes, Coulson is a fictional character, but if you can honestly say that a story has never made you cry then you've been doing it all wrong.

The way I imagined Coulson's return, the second it happened, was that Loki actually missed - by a very small margin. He died but was revived by the medical team through normal means. Or they had more advanced medical tech on board the Helicarrier and were able to save him even if the sceptre hit its mark. Of course, Marvel gives us a world full of superheroes and it was a very serious wound, so they would never let it be that simple. This way the writers get to come up with something more interesting. Now we have a mystery about Coulson's survival. I am kind of dreading what Tahiti really is. Coulson has said "It's a magical place" three times in just two episodes, a trigger response that I hope starts him wondering about why that is, so we may find out sometime in the first season. One thing's for sure, it will likely be emotionally complex, for him and for us. So, whether Coulson was revived by some sort of magic or science so advanced it looks like magic (yes, please), whether he has an artificial heart (it wouldn't feel right and he'd question that immediately, and there'd be no reason to keep that from him), whether he's a clone (acceptable), whether he's a life model decoy (really want him to be human), or whether whatever, I'll still love the character. His cool as a cucumber personality, good heart, and sense of humor have remained intact through his resurrection to television. I'm excited I get to know him better and have Clark Gregg entertain me every week again. It's been too long.

And the guest at the very end of this episode? In the voice of Comic Book Guy: Best. Guest Star. Ever.

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  1. I'm going with the clone with mental backup from original Coulson restored, so that he thinks he's the original Coulson at the time of the backup. But that doesn't really fit, either. One thing's for sure: they're going to tell us, I believe, in season 1. They're been sprinkling teasers right and left. So clearly it's their intention to tell us.

  2. Clone is a good one. It reminds me of when Dr. Beckett died on Stargate Atlantis. He was my favorite, so I should have expected him to be vaporized at some point. Didn't see it coming. I loved seeing Paul McGillion again. It didn't matter to me that the character was a clone. Shouldn't either if they have the memories and personality, but it would still be hard to come to terms with for the clone and the people who know him.

    Damn it, I want to know now. I really hope they tell us before the end of the season. At the rate Coulson is going, there might be 30 more mentions of Tahiti being a magical place by then. XD

  3. I bet Tahiti is the name of the lab where the transferred his consciousness into a new body. :-)

  4. Ooh, quite possible. I just assumed it was a false memory of the actual Tahiti. A lab name or something like that didn't even occur to me. I hope you didn't just spoil it.


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