Too Many To Count
There are so many great moments to choose from when it comes to picking an all-time favorite part of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. “Don’t Fear The Reaper” playing while Coulson and Garrett evade capture would prove to be a major turning point in the series. Skye entering the Kree temple and emerging as Daisy Johnson. Jemma surviving alone on Maveth. Coulson turning into the Ghost Rider. These are all incredible, and each one gave me the chills. But it is the characters that have truly captured my heart. And while I would be hard-pressed to pick a favorite character, I can say without a doubt that the introduction of Joey in season three was by far the most meaningful. As a gay man who grew up reading Marvel comics, yearning for representation outside of the allegory of the X-Men, seeing a gay superhero in the MCU for the first time was beyond description. And while his time on the series was unfortunately cut short due to real world casting issues, I cannot stress enough how affirming it was to see the Marvel Universe open up a bit and acknowledge the beautiful diversity of the real world. I hope to see more of Joey, and more LGBT content in the MCU, but I am thankful for this small step.
Picking my favourite moment out of nearly 100 episodes is akin to trying to pick a favourite movie. Do you go with funny, action-packed, intense, seminal? There are so many layers.
My immediate reaction was to go with when Fitz first revealed to Jemma how he felt about her after Ward dumped them in the ocean. I loved it. And I almost feel guilty going with another moment but it was so good I don’t think I can justify anything else. Cut to season 4, and what is widely acknowledged as the pinnacle episode – “Self Control”. Specifically, the scene between Daisy and Jemma where they’re trying to convince each other they’re not LMDs. Those two created one of the most intense, empowering and memorable scenes on ANY show I can think of. All I can say is Chloe and Elizabeth acted the hell out of that together and made the terror they were experiencing palpable to the audience – or at least to this audience member.
But that moment when Fitz blows the window and Jemma screams is pretty freaking awesome.