ridiculous things that happen under the dome:

and yet perhaps the most ridiculous of all is the fact that i continue to watch this show

I think my favorite thing about the latest episode is that there was NO voiceover when Claire was being physically assaulted. Considering how much they used the VO in the early episodes, it probably took a bit of restraint on their part to not include it in that scene, but it was definitely the right choice. Caitriona is such a wonderful actress that without even saying a word, she was able to convey Claire’s fear of Randall, her confusion because he wears her husband’s face, and her physical pain. 

I actually prefer the way this scene played out onscreen than in the books because it’s so much more powerful without Claire’s thoughts. 

A+ ACTING TOBIAS MENZIES

A++++

oof black jack randall is so quietly menacing, exactly how he seemed in the book

rumbelle-and-piemakers asked: Hi! I just saw your analyzation of the new aos promo pick. I've always thought that over analyzing those was weird but sometimes they can be extremely accurate too and I think aos is a show where they would give us hints like. I noticed something and I don't know if I'm going crazy or not but I wanted your opinion. I thought that the way Jemma and Ward were standing and facing were very similar and for some reason I couldn't get it out of my head. Their posture is similar too except... cont.

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Jemma is a little more open.I agree with what you said about Fitz and Ward having a very close friendship but I thought that there was always something between Ward and Jemma that has not been uncovered. When he jumped out of the plane to help her I kept wishing that they would continue into a sort of brother/sister relationship(which obviously never happened).Even though Fitz had a huge reaction to Ward/Hydra, Jemma was not angry but very depressed. Do you think there will be any tension there?

Thanks for the question, rumbelle-and-piemakers! AoS has gotten really amazing with hints and clues in promos, especially with their Art of Level 7 series, which is why I get such a kick out of analyzing them, because everything is so deliberate and has a hidden meaning. 

With regards to Simmons and Ward - they definitely are very similar in that they’re both pragmatic, and good at compartmentalizing and focusing on the job. The fact that they have such a similar stance could be indicative of their respective roles in Fitz’s fate. Because Ward was the one who dumped them in the ocean and hurt Fitz deeply on an emotional level, but Simmons is the one Fitz sacrificed his life for. It’s not Simmons’ fault that Fitz was hurt, but we know that she cares deeply about him so she’s definitely going to feel some guilt, just like Ward will probably feel. 

And it’s also interesting to note that there’s also a noticeable gap between Simmons and the rest of the core team as well. We saw at the end of season one that she was having some second thoughts about the organization, so this makes sense. While Ward has been forcibly ostracized because of his crimes, Simmons has sort of distanced herself from the team because of her own conflicting beliefs. 

About Fitz and Simmons, I definitely think (and eagerly hope) that we see some real tension between them next season, specifically about their loyalties to SHIELD. Fighting sucks, but it’s also necessary for personal growth and mutual understanding. I want to see them start to really challenge each other and push each other. Fitz and Simmons may start out the season apart, but I’m optimistic that by the end of season two, they’ll be back together and stronger than ever. 

From all the promos, I guess we can definitively say that Skye is going through quite the transforMAYtion.

I’ll show myself out. 

(but honestly, I love how far these two have come and I love them being strong together and learning from each others’ physical and emotional strength and understanding that physical power is good but so are feelings)

Okay so this new promo image from Twitter is super interesting. 

First, let’s talk people: we have Trip, Skye, Fitz, May, Coulson, two new characters, Simmons, and Ward.

  • Trip, Skye, May, and Coulson form one cluster in the front, which makes sense because they’re the four most active agents, in terms of going in the field. It’s really great to see Trip here, not just because he’s a great character, but because it shows how far he’s come in the team, from being an outsider who wasn’t trusted, to a loyal team member. Skye’s inclusion with this group shows us what we’ve already seen from the promo - that she’s becoming a badass agent in her own right. Her posture is very open, but still conveys strength. May and Coulson’s placement next to each other shows us that their relationship is close to or back to where it was at the beginning of season one in terms of trusting and relying on each other. May in actually the only one with a visible weapon with her gun strapped to her thigh - funny, considering the fact that she’s probably more lethal with her bare hands (Skye has a holster as well but it’s not as easy to see - another nod to her becoming more like May). Coulson’s wide stance shows his presence as a leader, but his shoulders look like they’re sagging a little, showing the full weight that he now has to bear.
  • This is BIG - FitzSimmons are separated! There is a clear divide between them even though they’re both in the background. What we saw at the end of season one with Simmons starting to branch out a bit more, we’re going to see that carry through into season 2. This time, Fitz is the one who’s going to be going through some changes. Fitz is sitting on a crate, his hands in his lap. He looks almost hunched over, folded into himself. Simmons’ posture is very striking here - she’s got an arm folded across her torso, which is a similar pose to the one she’s had in promo posters from season one (x, x, x). What’s different here is that she only has one arm crossed, and where she looked kind of sassy in the season one promos, now she looks a little shy, a little unsure. She has one foot raised on the step above, showing both her desire to be near Fitz but also her hesitation to do so.
  • The two new guys are in the very back and the way the light is hitting them makes them look a little hazy, a little blurry - it’s a nice visual nod to the fact that we don’t know whether or not we can trust them. Lance Hunter on the left has his arms crossed over his chest, which shows us through his body language that he’s guarded and may have secrets. Dude on the right looks hella proud with his chest puffed out like that. He’s more open than Lance Hunter, but whether that’s a good or bad thing remains to be seen. 
  • Ward is, naturally, #foreveralone over on the side. There’s a distinct gap between him and the rest of the team to show how isolated he is. He also has his arms folded across but look where his hands are versus where Lance Hunter’s are - Hunter’s hands are gripping his arms, whereas Ward’s are tucked into his arms. The subtle difference speaks volumes - Hunter looks simultaneously aggressive and defensive, like he’s trying to protect himself and will fight others to keep himself safe. Ward’s posture lacks that aggressiveness, he’s all defense. He is trying, as he has done so many times before, to survive. What’s also interesting about posture is that he’s leaning against a wall. He needs support. 
  • Speaking of support, the only characters who aren’t standing upright are Ward, Fitz, and Skye and what’s interesting about this trio is their relationships with each other. Skye and Ward had the beginnings of a romantic relationship and Fitz and Ward had a strong friendship. Ward’s betrayal probably affected Skye and Fitz the most and more than anyone else on the team, they’ll probably be feeling the effects next season. What’s also interesting is that all three of them need support - Ward is struggling to come to terms with his actions and who he is without Garrett; Fitz is struggling to recover from his injuries, mental and physical; and Skye will continue to struggle with her status as an 0-8-4, especially as she learns more about her family in the new season. 
  • I want to point out where their eyes are - Trip, Coulson, the two new dudes, and Simmons are all looking directly at the camera. Fitz is clearly looking at Simmons. Skye is looking at something off to the side and May is looking at Skye almost cautiously, like she’s also looking out for her, and Ward is looking down in front of him to the left. 

A quick note on clothing:

  • Everyone on the team - Trip, Skye, Fitz, May, Coulson, Simmons, and Ward - is wearing black and other dark colors. It’s a sartorial way of pulling through the show’s theme for the season - embracing the dark and living in the shadows. The two new guys in the back are NOT wearing black, which highlights their status as outsides. 
  • May and Skye are dressed similarly with leather accents, a nice way of highlighting Skye’s evolution. 
  • Coulson is looking way more official and no-nonsense in this image than the one from season one. Even though they’re going off the grid, he’s going to be more buttoned up (literally!) because he wants to make sure his new SHIELD is infallible. 

Season 2 looks like it’s going to be amazing. 

Why is it so impossible to believe: that we are as many headed as monsters, as many armed as gods, as many hearted as the angels?
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, Andrew Sean Greer

"Shadows" - Coulson and his team are now wanted fugitives with limited resources—but that’s not stopping them from keeping the world safe from powerful and unseen threats everywhere. However, with new members they hardly know, will S.H.I.E.L.D. ever be trusted again? Watch "Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," on the ABC Television Network.

"Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons and Nick Blood as Lance Hunter.

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Which is wonderful and all, but the BEST part is buried in the list of guest stars:

Guest starring are B.J. Britt as Agent Antoine Triplett, Nick Blood as Agent Lance Hunter, Adrian Pasdar as Brigadier General Glenn Talbot, Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie, Patton Oswalt as Agent Billy Koenig, Lucy Lawless as Isabelle “Izzy” Hartley, Wilmer Calderon as Idaho, Reed Diamond as Daniel Whitehall, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Brian Patrick Wade as Carl Creel, Matthew Glave as Roger Browning, Simon Kassianides as Sunil Bakshi, George Stephanopoulos as self, Raquel Gardner as Carla Talbot, Ben Turner Nixon as Hydra Officer, Franco Vega as Military Leader, Rich Ceraulo as Soldier #1, and JB Tadena as Private Tilden.

I am 10000% here for Peggy flashbacks, preferably as Coulson reminisces about how SHIELD began and where he wants to go from here.

New season, bring it onnnnnn.

Light, Dark, and Shadows: Thoughts on Agents of SHIELD Season Two

I have some thoughts about season 2 of AoS. In my usual fashion, I will now take thousands of words to articulate these thoughts. 

The title of the first episode is "Shadows", which is the perfect way to set the tone for the new season while still reminding us of what happened in season one. “Shadows” is a great callback to the last handful of episodes of season one that really focused on the theme of light vs dark, specifically with a couple crucial phrases.

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yoooooooo claire has the best fucking wardrobe look at that fur-lined hood and those cuffs like she’s some kind of beautiful stoic russian princess

New footage from the season two teaser:

  • Coulson looking pensive
  • Skye, May, and Trip (who looks to be undercover judging from that fancy suit) completing a mission
  • Skye visiting Ward in prison and looking rightfully pissed
  • Ward + worrybrows
  • Skye and a new agent flashing their badges at Koenig, presumably to gain entrance to the new safehouse; Simmons and Fitz (in pain/still recovering) in a lab
  • Skye being a bamf
  • May looking fierce even when ducking for cover
  • Koenig, Coulson, Skye, and May looking at a map with a bunch of dots (maybe other confirmed SHIELD safehouses or potential cases to investigate)
  • May being a bamf
  • Coulson looking pensive

There is something about the combination of the Ariel hair flip, the way his hair is sticking up in the back, and the grumpy expression that makes me laugh hysterically every single time.

Dollhouse's Enver Gjokaj Joining Agent Carter, His Second Marvel Cinematic Universe Role

And here I thought I couldn’t get any more excited about Agent Carter… the only question left is WHERE’S DICHEN.

The one thing from the book I desperately hope they keep in the show is the part where Jamie tries and fails to wink at Claire. 

Joe: Julia, you’ll never believe this.
Norrie: He’s right, I barely did. 

Under the Dome: come for the bisected cow, stay for the Emmy-level dialogue.