Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Window of Opportunity
May 21, 2020 11:28 AM - Season 6, Episode 2 - Subscribe

While Fitz and Enoch struggle in space, Sarge and his team move forward with their mysterious mission on Earth.

Ok, this is only my second ever FanFare post and first time doing one for a TV episode because I wanted to geek out about the invisible semi that much.

- The villains' HQ is an invisible semi truck. This is such a strong comic book idea, I can't believe I've never seen it before, and makes a remarkably excellent parallel evil-version of SHIELD's mobile HQ. Combine that with the Mad Max aesthetic of Sarge and is his crew and I think these are already my favorite villains of the show. Letting Clark Gregg be the villain is a great idea no matter how cliched, but they're knocking it out of the park so far. Evil Coulson eating snacks while watching his flunky work? I will watch that all day.

"Tinker died. He was a friend."
"That's what friends are for."

- And if that wasn't cool enough, we also get Portal-style portals and clever uses of them right out of the gate.

-Last season when we shifted from the future back to Fitz and Enoch in the present it gave the story a huge boost and I'm feeling some of that same energy with Fitz and Enoch in space. I wasn't happy to see Fitz give in to his Doctor side last season and assault Daisy. I'm much happier we have a do-over Fitz who hasn't gone that route (yet?) and seeing him struggle between compassion and ruthlessness. I hope he can find a better moral compass than "What will Jemma think?" though. That didn't work out very well last season.

-Last episode had only a teaser of the Fitz plot line and this episode did the same with Daisy & Jemma. I think that was a better idea than trying to juggle three plots in each episode, at least while they're trying to introduce so much new stuff in each one.

-For instance, I really like the way the structure so far is giving May more of the spotlight. I loved watching her discover the invisible semi (INVISIBLE SEMI!) and take on Sarge's team single-handedly.

-Yo-Yo's new boyfriend seems way too pretty and charming not to pull a heel turn. Or possibly he could just die tragically.
posted by straight (2 comments total)
 
And, yes I know how to google "invisible sci-fi semi truck," so now I know now about The Highwayman. (aka Terror on the Blacktop)

An 80's TV show about a Mad Max leather dude in the near future who drives an invisible truck and has a tough sidekick named Jacko? Okay. So AoS is doing a straight up homage here. And after listening to William Conrad recite an utterly amazing poem for the pilot intro, I'm even more delighted by the whole thing.

(Seriously, watch that intro. It's so great I want to quote it here but you've gotta hear Conrad read it. And then the regular TV series intro is somehow even more 80s with a completely different bonkers William Conrad voice-over.)
posted by straight at 12:13 PM on May 21 [2 favorites]


Finally! Somebody remembers the magic that was The Highwayman! (I loved the crap out of that show, I think it had maybe six episodes. When you're a kid and there's a semi wandering the apocalypse and the cab can become a helicopter? That leaves and impression. Plus, Jacko! JACKO!)

I am glad that Enoch has returned—he was such a great presence in season 5.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 9:26 PM on September 23


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