I’m foregoing the “Marvel’s” because I get no royalties from the company. I’m also dropping the periods in “S.H.I.E.L.D.” because it’s too damn cumbersome to type. Besides, I’m a Navy vet, and the US Navy doesn’t use periods in any of their abbreviations. And they use a lot of acronyms. So many, they even have a Dictionary of Naval Abbreviations, or DICNAVAB. I kid you not!
Last week we had the conception of a super villain; this week, the birth of an Evil Mysterious Organization. And the best episode to date. It kept me interested the entire time, with a killer twist ending (literally). Excellent!
In “Eye Spy,” one of Phil Coulson’s protoge’s has gone rogue, stealing $30 million worth of diamonds. Phil (don’t call him that to his face) is sure there’s more to the story, and he still has faith in her. Once the team finds her they realize she has a Terminator-like eye, through which she receives her nefarious instructions. Coulson is vindicated! They also discover her eye is a fail safe, designed to detonate in case she’s compromised. Wow, exploding eyeballs again. That never gets old! 😀
Of course, beyond all possible odds, SHIELD saves the day. They rescue the woman, hijack her optical feed to a pair of glasses (so that her handlers aren’t aware she’s no longer under their control), surgically remove her evil eye (ha!), and complete the mission. The mission? Photograph some chalkboard writing which looks like some type of formula or circuit diagram. Or alien writing. (Wish I’d thought of that.)
The best part? When they track down her handler, a heavyset former MI6 operative, Coulson confronts him with his badge. The man utters “Oh, God,” and his eye immediately explodes (well, internally—it fills with blood) and he falls over dead. Tada! Birth of Evil Mysterious Organization. This should make for an exciting year!
There’s much talk about Coulson being a kinder, gentler version of himself, but since I have no idea how he was before he was”killed,” I have no reference. It’s just one more hint to Coulson being (I suspect) an artificial version of himself, but with his real brain. Take that with a grain of salt. My predictions on these sorts of things usually turn out to be wrong.