‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Producer Tells Us Why We Got Two Pilots; What Really Happened to Agent Coulson?
If you’re still watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (you should be, the last two episodes were pretty great), then you’ve made it past the show”s slow start, specifically its awkward two Pilot episodes, and are really beginning to wonder “just how magical of a place is Tahiti?” Well, luckily for you, both of those questions are getting a bit of some light, recently.
The reason the show had sort of a stuttering start was because it was… apparently, supposed to. According to producer Jeph Loeb, 0-8-4 was supposed to serve as something of a second half to the pilot, showing the team working together. In an interview with TV Line, he told them
Certainly the second episode was intended to be very much like ‘The Pilot, Part 2,’ because it was really the first time [the characters] could all work together and see who they are. Very much in the same kind of way that the audience is getting to know these characters, these characters are getting to know each other as well. That is the mission. I think the show is absolutely getting better as we go — and we hope the audience feels that way as well. We’ve absolutely found the show; the idea is to keep watching. It’s very much like a roller coaster. You’ve got to go up the hill before you start coming down the hill at 100 miles-per-hour.
I’m not sure if I really buy into that, though. The first episode sort of covered the same stage of the team’s development as the second, with the whole team working together to stop the guy from leveling the train station. Don’t get me wrong; I’m all for a slow build toward the team functioning the way it ideally should, working out the kinks along the way, but there really wasn’t anything in the second episode that wasn’t already in the first. No new problems, no new challenges. I can forgive this, because the show is now on track, but I don’t understand why anyone would pretend that the second episode was anything other than a waste of time.
With the show heading in a promising direction, we are all wondering just what exactly happened to Agent Coulson in “Tahiti,” and as the show unfolds, it seems like whatever happened was much more unexplainable and darker than we’d expected. In a recent interview with Larry King, Clark Gregg commented on what may have happened to Agent Coulson after Loki seemingly killed him, mentioning “[E]very time someone mentions it lately, I seem to go into post-traumatic stress. So, I think there’s a little more to Tahiti than meets the eye.” This is something that I’ve definitely noticed, and is something I’m really enjoying about the show so far; it’s sort of reflective of Tony Stark in Iron Man 3. He then went on to confirm that he isn’t quite sure what happened either, saying “I know more than the audience, but less than the writers.” You can check out the full interview below.