Concerning “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” last night.
Still hoping Gonzalez remains part of the cast. Hill and Coulson may scoff at his honor/transparency/democracy philosophy, but even Coulson has said he originally wanted Gonzalez on his team, since he was a superb tactician. Something tells me Gonzalez wouldn’t have called for a “vote” if he hadn’t been certain of it’s outcome. Just because he’s for more transparency and honorable action doesn’t make him blind to threats, or completely open and honest and upfront about every little thing.
“When weak, appear strong”, and vice versa. “When near, appear far”, and vice versa. Hiding your strength while exploiting the enemy’s weaknesses. “Generally in war, the best policy is to take a state intact; to ruin it is inferior to this….For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.” (Sun-Tzu)
Only knock I have against Gonzalez: “Freak”-o-phobia. Waiting to see if he’ll become more compassionate, or ratchet-up the “speciesist”.
[EDIT: My point concerning Constant deception versus transparency: Deception has to be a carefully applied, fairly temporary tool. I assumehis point-of-view is that (1) consider carefully what you are doing and why; (2) truth not only eventually comes out, it’s necessary that it comes out; (3) layers and layers of deception are detrimental (they created the opening for HYDRA to take root within SHIELD).]
Ward: Character’s had quite the development, considering he started out as pretty generic “007-lite”. Considering the character’s experiences and trying to obtain/maintain a higher set of principles for himself, and the dark deeds he’s done, I still think he’d make a great MCU-version of “Paladin”.
Skye/Quake: Loved her “John Wick” gun-fu sequence! Still wondering if she has something for Ward. She appears to be hiding it well, if so.
Taking Friday off work to see the next Avengers movie, “Age of Ultron”. Excited. From commercials: Looks “kinetic”, for certain. Still wish Marvel/Disney could work in some of the characters — Cap, Widow, Hawkeye, Fury — into the MAOSHIELD show, let them “breathe” a little more, for some character beats, and so on.