A few thoughts: I'm willing to bet that Slade is not going to be too happy to see Oliver again, given that it was (partly) Ollie's fault that Slade was injured so horrifically. (Compare: Slade=Tommy, Ollie=Laurel, though with less rebar and more crispy human flesh) It's also nice to see Lance working with Arrow instead of against him now; his sarcastic quips were pretty funny. I'm further curious as to Canary's identity at this point. I'm leaning towards Sara Lance, given that she lets Roy go as soon as she sees the text from Thea (regarding Laurel's kidnapping).
I called the husband's not being dead from the very beginning, for the simple reason that his number should have come up days ago if he were really dead.
Also, was anyone surprised that Carter's partner is an HR spy? I certainly wasn't. I'd have been more shocked if he were actually an ordinary guy with no connection to anything. I mean, come on. There are 35,000 officers in the NYPD, surely she could find at least one who isn't working for HR.
I rewatched the scene in which Danny rescues Erin, and it suddenly struck me that our veteran police detective stuffed his sidearm down the front of his trousers instead of using the perfectly good holster at his hip. Come on, he should know better! Unless, of course, Danny really didn't mind potentially losing that very important part of the male anatomy...
I think Jack Boyle is taking advantage of Erin at the end; regardless of his own long-overdue revelation that losing her was his biggest regret, she is in a very emotional place. If she were thinking rationally instead of emotionally, she would never have invited him up to her place. His protective behavior in the courtroom was good, and a reconciliation between them is nice, but that doesn't mean they should get back together, at least at this point.
What, no mention of Coulson's suspicious (lack of) muscle memory? This definitely seems to tie into his mysterious not-death and magical Tahiti.
Am I the only one who's wondering what in the world is going on with Reid's hair styling? It looks ridiculous!
@Michael - If you're asking whether I would have said the same thing if they had won the night, the answer is a definite 'yes.' Allow me to clarify: a series can have a stellar pilot episode with awesome potential, and follow up with a total clunker of a season culminating with a tragic cancellation. Or, a series could have a terrible pilot episode but turn out spectacularly. This is why I'm more interested in the ratings a few episodes down the line, rather than focusing only on the pilot.
Furthermore, there are at least some viewers who want to watch both NCIS and Agents of SHIELD. (Not all NCIS fans are over 49, after all, and not all SHIELD fans are under that.) I'm curious to find out if the adjusted ratings for time-delayed viewership and online streaming make a significant difference as I suspect they might. This is a question I've been wondering pretty much since they announced Agents of Shield's time slot opposite ratings powerhouse NCIS.
I hope my explanation clears this up for you.
Frankly, I'm more interested in discovering Agents of SHIELD's ratings for episode 3 or 4. That'll be a good measure of its potential staying power. Pilot episodes often sees kinks that need to get smoothed out (see Babylon 5's pilot "The Gathering" or NCIS's backdoor pilot on JAG), so a series shouldn't necessarily be judged too much by it. I'll also be interested in the ratings adjusted for time-delayed viewing and online streaming; given that SHIELD is opposite NCIS, I suspect that the adjustment is not totally miniscule. Nielsen needs to catch up on modern technology and viewing habits!
Sasha Roiz must be so proud that his Shirtless Rage has infected the Arrow publicity department! Awesome.
Strong is a lot smarter than I think people give him credit for being; he pushed all of Michael's buttons exactly, and came out of the whole mess with precisely what he wanted in the first place: he took down James and his entire terrorist organization. I think Strong knows full well that Michael and Fiona aren't dead.
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