Welcome to Agents of SHIELD Observations – the easter eggs and connections guide for Marvel’s foray into seriable waters. This week, we’re observing 1.02 “0-8-4″ – and don’t worry, you wont need a Marvel degree to follow along.
ITEMS OF SHIELD INTEREST
- Picking up from where things left off in the pilot, an “0-8-4″ is revealed as SHIELD for an Object of Unknown Origin.
- Tying into Marvel continuity, the German-crafted object is fueled by Tesseract technology, ala Captain America/World War II/Nazi Germany’s Hydra army.
- Coulson tells Skye that the last 0-8-4 was a hammer – as in (not actually a ‘god’) Thor’s hammer.
EVENTS OF SHIELD INTEREST
- Coulson tells Skye why SHIELD are an agency the world needs: “Remember the panic when that anti-matter meteor splashed down just off the coast of Miami, nearly devoured the city? …Precisely.”
- Another reminder that SHIELD takes place a post-Battle of New York era: “Those borders are disappearing, aliens descended on New York, remember?”
COULSON LIVES – BUT HOW?
- Coulson again mentions getting speared by Loki, likening it to taking a bullet. As a result, he spent a few weeks rest and relaxation on the bus, which was specially renovated for him. Nick Fury guilt?
- Coulson informs Skye that Tahiti’s “a magical place” for the second episode on the spin. Sounds more and more like a mantra.
- Also makes you wonder whether he subconsciously knows that he was brought back / created by the kind of science that more closely resembles ‘magic’.
- Coulson clings onto “to the past” through his collectables. reminding him of what’s important. This can be taken at face-value, particularly in light of his apparent brush with death. But given the cover up, might this hankering for days gone by stem from memories that aren’t strictly his own? What happens when/if the illusion breaks?
- Coulson reflects on the idea that he’s having an ‘afterlife crisis’.
OTHER SHIELD OBSERVATIONS
- In the pilot we got Bashful’s POV. Now, here’s Sleepy. By the way, does this mean Simmons II is Snow White?
- Coulson: “Technically, Stark’s a consultant.”
- Melinda May used to go by the moniker “The Cavalry,” until – as hinted in the pilot – something happened, presumably during a mission.
NICK MOTHER F***IN’ FURY
- In true Marvel tradition we get an ‘after credits’ button scene. Samuel L. Jackson’s Director Nick Fury chastises Coulson for the damage done to the bus during the mission.
- Aside from Coulson’s kitted out bus perhaps owing to Fury’s guilt for covering up what really happened to him in The Avengers, the scene doesn’t really add much overarching value. Still it’s motherf****in’ Nick Fury, and he does mention Lola, which was nice.
- He nearly breaks bad and threatens to downgrade Coulson to a Winnebago, which would presumably suit Skye just fine since she usually works from a van. Speaking of Skye, can she straddle SHIELD and Rising Tide?