Quote of the Day

Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant, filled with odd waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don’t always like.

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Slippery Slope – Lemony Snicket

Recap: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “A Fractured House”

Phil Coulson in A Fractured House

After last week’s tense, exciting episode, it would have been tough for Agents of SHIELD to try to match that level of intensity.  The standoff between Raina and Coulson, with Simmons’ life hanging in the balance, combined with some new and emotional revelations about Skye’s father, would have been a tough act to follow.  Wisely, SHIELD charted a different course this week, giving us one of those all-important connect-the-dots episodes, that helps position the pieces for bigger things to come.  And while it might have been a slight but inevitable let down, it still packed in some great moments both fun and emotional, while setting up one big game changer that will affect how the rest of the season plays out.  So let’s take a look at “A Fractured House,” written by Rafe Judkins and Lauren LeFranc and directed by Ron Underwood.

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Instant Reaction: Agents of SHIELD – “A Fractured House”

*Update: My full recap of “A Fractured House” is now live.  Read it here!

Agents of SHIELD has been so solid this season, delivering one great episode after another.  Last week was a particular highlight that advanced many different plots, reunited the team, and added Bobbi Morse to the equation.  Tonight’s episode, “A Fractured House,” didn’t deliver quite the punch, but it still had some great moments, including a continuation of high-quality action this season.  The pieces on the board were moved around tonight, and things are being set up for bigger events down the road.  We’ll have to see how it all plays out, but for now here are my instant reactions to tonight’s episode.  Look for my recap to post sometime tomorrow.

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Quote of the Day

Willow in School Hard

Willow:  (about Angel) Wow, two centuries of dating. If you only had two a year, that’s still, like, four hundred dates with four hundred different… (Buffy gives her a look) Why do they call it a mace?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 2: Episode 3 – “School Hard”

Quote of the Day

Dudley gently released himself from his mother’s clutched and walked toward Harry, who had to repress an urge to threaten him with magic. Then Dudley held out his large, pink hand.
“Blimey, Dudley,” said Harry over Aunt Petunia’s renewed sobs, “did the dementors blow a different personality into you?”
“Dunno,” muttered Dudley. “See you, Harry.”
“Yeah . . .” said Harry, taking Dudley’s hand and shaking it. “Maybe. Take care, Big D.”
Dudley nearly smiled, then lumbered from the room. Harry heard his heavy footfalls on the graveled drive, and then a car door slammed.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling

Quote of the Day

A man of my acquaintance once wrote a poem called “The Road Less Traveled,” describing a journey he took through the woods along a path most travelers never used. The poet found that the road less traveled was peaceful but quite lonely, and he was probably a bit nervous as he went along, because if anything happened on the road less traveled, the other travelers would be on the road more frequently traveled and so couldn’t hear him as he cried for help. Sure enough, that poet is now dead.

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Slippery Slope – Lemony Snicket