Xander: As long as nothing really bad happens between now and then, you’ll be fine.
Buffy: Are you crazy? What did you say that for? Now something bad is gonna happen!
Xander: Whadaya mean? Nothing’s gonna happen.
Willow: Not until some dummy says, ‘as long as nothing bad happens.’
Buffy: It’s the ultimate jinx!
Willow: What were you thinking? Or were you even thinking at all?
Xander: Well, you guys don’t know. Maybe this time it’ll be different.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 2: Episode 3 – “School Hard”
Welcome to “Trailer Tuesday” where I talk about trailers for upcoming movies.
Marvel’s plans to premiere the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer during next week’s episode of Agents of SHIELD were altered when the trailer leaked online last night. Instead of waiting, Marvel decided to go ahead and officially release the trailer early, so without further ado I’m bringing it to you. Take a look below, and read on for my shot-by-shot thoughts and analysis.
I hope you’ve got your lanyards handy, because Agents of SHIELD got serious again this week. Last week’s episode was all fun and action (and Philinda), but this week was drama, suspense, and emotional moments. While last’s week was more of a standalone episode, giving us some small progress but not doing much to advance the plot, this week took some major steps forward. We didn’t get any concrete answers to the show’s main mysteries, but they did shake up the status quo quite a bit. Simmons undercover experience with HYDRA came to a head, and Coulson’s secrets are becoming less secret. We learned more about the Doctor, none of which sounds good, and Raina was put in a tough position. Oh, and there’s Bobbi Morse, who is the best. So let’s dive right into “The Hen in the Wolf House,” written by Brent Fletcher and directed by Holly Dale.
There is another writer I know, who, like myself, is thought by a great deal of people to be dead. His name is William Shakespeare, and he has written four kinds of plays: comedies, romances, histories, and tragedies. Comedies, of course, are stories in which people tell jokes and trip over things, and romances are stories in which people fall in love and probably get married. Histories are retellings of things that actually happened, like my history of the Baudelaire orphans, and tragedies are stories that usually begin fairly happily and then steadily go downhill, until all of the characters are dead, wounded, or otherwise inconvenienced. It is usually not much fun to watch a tragedy, whether you are in the audience or one of the characters, and out of all Shakespeare’s tragedies possibly the least fun example is King Lear, which tells the story of a king who goes mad while his daughters plot to murder one another and other people who are getting on their nerves. Toward the end of the play, one of William Shakespeare’s characters remarks that “Humanity must perforce prey upon itself, like monsters of the deep,” a sentence which here means “How sad it is that people end up hurting one another as if they were ferocious sea monsters,” and when the character utters those unhappy words, the people in Shakespeare’s audience often weep, or sigh, or remind themselves to see a comedy next time.
A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Carnivorous Carnival – Lemony Snicket
*Update: My full recap of “A Hen in the Wolf House” is now live. Read it here!
Last week’s episode may have had a lot of comedy and action, and was thoroughly fun, but tonight’s episode was all about suspense. Simmons’ undercover storyline came to a head, the team (and the audience) learned a lot more about Skye’s father, and the Obelisk came back into play. We were also introduced to an exciting new character in Bobbi Morse. And all of this was wrapped up together in an hour that had some surprising, dramatic moments and a healthy dose of emotion. Agents of SHIELD is really shining this season, and every episode thus far has been excellent. Read on for my instant reactions to “A Hen in the Wolf House,” and come back tomorrow for my full recap.
Jadzia Dax: By the way, what does… “gung-gung-gung” mean?
Worf: Why do you ask?
Jadzia Dax: It was the strangest thing. When I was taking Yoshi home, he kept shaking his rattle and saying “gung-gung-gung.”
Worf: He did?
Jadzia Dax: He seemed to be getting a kick out of it. What does it mean?
Worf: That is between Yoshi and me.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 6: Episode 24 – “Time’s Orphan”
“We’ll be there, Harry,” said Ron.
“At your aunt and uncle’s house,” said Ron. “And then we’ll go with you wherever you’re going.”
“No —” said Harry quickly; he had not counted on this, he had meant them to understand that he was undertaking this most dangerous journey alone.
“You said to us once before,” said Hermione quietly, “that there was time to turn back if we wanted to. We’ve had time, haven’t we?”
“We’re with you whatever happens,” said Ron.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling
Jenny Calendar: I don’t know what it is about football that does it for me. I mean, it lacks the, the grace of basketball, the, uh, poetry of baseball. At its best it’s unadorned aggression. It’s such a rugged contest.
Giles: Rugged. American football. (laughs)
Jenny Calendar: And that’s funny because?
Giles: No! I just think it’s rather odd that a nation that prides itself on its virility should feel compelled to strap on forty pounds of protective gear just in order to play rugby.
Jenny Calendar: Is this your normal strategy for a first date? Dissing my country’s national pastime?
Giles: Did you just say ‘date’?
Jenny Calendar: You noticed that, huh?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 2: Episode 2 – “Some Assembly Required”