Tuesday, January 12, 2016

AoS-Less Tuesday Discussion: Resolve a Loose End

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entered its winter hiatus following the winter finale, “Maveth” (3x10).  There are going to be five total weeks without any new Marvel TV—Agent Carter will begin next week on January 19—so I am going to post a new discussion thread every week with a different concept for us to explore and debate.

First, here are the previous discussions:
If you could be Inhuman, what power would you want?  Mostly MCU Reviews Reddit
Pitch a new hero for the MCU Mostly MCU Reviews Reddit
Pitch a crossover fight between Marvel and DC characters Mostly MCU Reviews
Pitch a spinoff from Agent Carter Mostly MCU Reviews Reddit

Here is this week’s prompt:  Pick one loose end from the first 2 seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and explain how you would resolve it in the second half of this season.

There are a number of options out there:
  • Audrey (the cellist)
  • Nazis… in… Peru!
  • Graviton and/or Ian Quinn
  • Donnie Gill, a.k.a. Blizzard
  • Escapees from the Fridge
  • The Berserker Staff (I seriously doubt it was actually destroyed)
  • Deathlok
  • The Kree (especially Vin Tak)

I decided to go with Graviton as my loose end—and I have a hunch I’m not the only one wondering when that loose end will get tied up!

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When last we saw Dr. Franklin Hall, he was being sucked into the ball of gravitonium after Coulson shot out the “floor” “beneath” him (“The Asset,” 1x03).  He was then locked in a secret vault at the Fridge (where we saw a hand reaching out of the ball), from which Ward and Garrett retrieved him/it while raiding the Fridge (“Providence,” 1x18).  When everything started going sideways in the season 1 finale, Garrett allowed Quinn to leave with the gravitonium, and that was the last we saw of either of them (“Beginning of the End,” 1x22).

I would resolve the gravitonium/Graviton loose end as follows:

Quick note:  In my concept, some time has passed between 3x10 and 3x11, but S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t yet know that IT made it through the portal in Ward’s body.  During this time S.H.I.E.L.D. has been building the Secret Warriors and Hydra has been consolidating and building power in preparation for IT’s assault on the world.

The AoS midseason premiere ends with a quick stinger of Ian Quinn trying to manipulate his gravitonium ball into a containment device in order to put it to use.  However, the ball starts “misbehaving” when he sends an electric charge through it.  Suddenly, the ball changes form into Dr. Hall, who molds the containment device into a suit that amplifies his powers.  Before Quinn can do more than scream, Hall picks him up and throws him across the room, where he gets flattened against the wall, leaving a smear of blood as he “drops” down to the ceiling.  Hall rips a hole in the ceiling (Quinn falls to the actual floor), and he floats out into the sky above Italy.

The second episode of the half-season (3x12) is the result of this development:  Coulson and the team are at the Playground when they hear a report from one of their agents in Italy informing them that there are some unusual gravitational anomalies taking place.  The agent goes to the scene and finds Graviton basically going crazy destroying the countryside—clearly spending 2 years trapped in a blob has warped his mind.  Coulson immediately orders the Secret Warriors (Daisy, Lincoln, Joey, Mack, Deathlok, and Yo-Yo Rodriguez (introduced in this episode)) to Italy to investigate, and sends a couple teams of regular agents to support them by getting civilians away from the scene.

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The rest of the episode is the Secret Warriors working together to keep Graviton occupied and contained while Fitz and Simmons work together in the lab on Zephyr One to construct a containment device that will stop Graviton—and at the same time they are reflecting on their previously-mentioned relationship with Dr. Hall (from the first season).  They get the pieces of the containment module together, and Hunter and Bobbi drop it into the battlefield.  Daisy has Lincoln and Joey put it together and activate it.  Yo-Yo runs it out into the field directly below Graviton, where Deathlok shoots it into the air with his wrist launcher and it engulfs Graviton.  Yo-Yo grabs Deathlok before “yo-yoing” back to where she started, pulling Deathlok with her and out of the way of the device.

Essentially this episode would be an opportunity to show of the Secret Warriors’ respective skills as well as how S.H.I.E.L.D. can handle potentially-global threats while keeping them out of the international eye.  At the same time, however, the episode could end with a monitoring station at the New Avengers Facility showing a single “discredited” description on social media of the Secret Warriors taking on Graviton—the New Avengers know about the Secret Warriors now!  Additionally, this would also give the new Secret Warriors team (which would last for most of the half-season) an opportunity to come together against a major threat, not unlike Loki and the Chitauri for the Avengers.

After this fight, the rest of the season would focus on IT’s campaign against the Secret Warriors, whom he learns about from this battle.

Now it’s your turn:  what loose end do you want to see resolved in the back half of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3?

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