Instant Reaction: Agents of SHIELD – “Heavy is the Head”

Tonight’s episode of Agents of SHIELD picked up right where last week’s episode left off.  In fact, in many ways it was almost as if the season premiere was split in half, and tonight was merely part two of an extended beginning.  We got some (temporary) resolution to the Creel/Absorbing Man plot, spent more time with this season’s newest cast member, and the stage was set for the larger movements of the plot going forward.  We got to see progression on some of the character arcs that were started last week, while some others were left out, and we saw the reappearance of a familiar face from last year along with the introduction of a new threat to SHIELD.  In all, it was a great followup to last week, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store going forward.  Here are my instant reactions to “Heavy is the Head,” and I’ll update this post with a link to my full episode recap once it’s finished.

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Quote of the Day

“We’ve got a problem, Snape,” said the lumpy Amycus, whose eyes and wand were fixed alike upon Dumbledore, “the boy doesn’t seem able —”
But somebody else had spoken Snape’s name, quite softly.
“Severus . . .”
The sound frightened Harry beyond anything he had experienced all evening. For the first time, Dumbledore was pleading.
Snape said nothing, but walked forward and pushed Malfoy roughly out of the way. The three Death Eaters fell back without a word. Even the werewolf seemed cowed.
Snape gazed for a moment at Dumbledore, and there was revulsion and hatred in the harsh lines of his face.
“Severus . . . please . . .”
Snape raised his wand and pointed it directly at Dumbledore.
Avada Kedavra!

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling

Quote of the Day

A bitca?

Willow:  She’s possessed!

Giles:  Possessed?

Willow:  That’s the only explanation that makes any sense. I mean, you should’ve seen her last night. That wasn’t Buffy.

Xander:  Are we overlooking the idea that she may be very attracted to me? … She’s possessed.

Giles:  Possessed by what?

Willow:  Aaaaa possessing thing!

Giles:  Well, that narrows it down.

Xander:  Well, you’re the expert. Hey, maybe when the Master killed her some… mystical bad guy transference thing happened.

Willow:  That’s what it was! I mean, why else would she be acting like such a b-i-t-c-h?

Giles:  Willow, I think we’re a little too old to be spelling things out.

Xander:  A bitca?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 2: Episode 1 – “When She Was Bad”

Quote of the Day

Eavesdropping—a word which here means “listening in on interesting conversations you are not invited to join”—is a valuable thing to do, and it is often an enjoyable thing to do, but it is not a polite thing to do, and like most impolite things, you are bound to get into trouble if you get caught doing it.

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Carnivorous Carnival – Lemony Snicket

Quote of the Day

Lasaran: A Klingon! Why did they have to send a Klingon?

Jadzia Dax: I’m a Trill. Does that make you feel any better?

Lasaran: Are you trying to be funny?

Jadzia Dax: Not at all. He’s the funny one.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 6: Episode 16 – “Change of Heart”

Quote of the Day

“It’s going to be alright, sir,” Harry said over and over again, more worried by Dumbledore’s silence than he had been by his weakened voice. “We’re nearly there. . . . I can Apparate us both back. . . . Don’t worry. . . .”
“I am not worried, Harry,” said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. “I am with you.”

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling

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When She Was Bad

Giles:  I wonder if they’re here for any purpose, particularly.

Buffy:  You’re the Watcher. I just work here.

Giles:  Yes, I-I must consult my books.

Xander:  Oh, eight minutes and thirty-three seconds, pay up. (Willow hands him a dollar) I called ten minutes before you’d consult your books about something.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 2: Episode 1 – “When She Was Bad”