Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Asset

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YOU GRADE IT
Upside Down Boy You Turn Me
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We open on a commercial truck speeding along a road somewhere in the Rockies, if its markings of "Rocky Mountain Office Supply: Colorado's Office Supply Superstore" are an indication. Kind of shocking that this show, with its budget, isn't courting promotional considerations from one of the Goliath triumvirate of Staples/Office Depot/OfficeMax, but as it turns out they have reasons to go generic here. The driver, who I'll say looks the part, sings along to a country song on the radio as he sips a Big Gulp equivalent. Then we get our first indication that all might not be as it seems when "Little Boy" gets a call on the CB from "Big Boy" requesting a status update, and the driver reports that they got through the weigh station and "the cargo" is secure; the reference sounds a little careful and important to be dealing solely with goldenrod paper and erasable pens. Two expected escorts in black SUVs move into positions to the truck's front and rear, but no sooner has that happened than does something cause the lead vehicle to shoot a rather spectacular distance up into the air with the result that it crashes upside-down with enough impact that one of the wheels falls off.

The truck driver mutters "Bitch" (I assume he's not talking about the possibly-dead woman in the SUV) as he tries to swerve around the wreckage and still maintain control; successful in that effort, he (Agent Mack is his name, which haha for a truck driver) then pulls up a computer display on his windshield and reports to S.H.I.E.L.D. that they're under attack -- at which point the other SUV, having moved to the front, also flies into the air as if suddenly caught in an impossibly powerful wind stream. The driver, understandably unable to comprehend what he's up against, doesn't come up with any sort of defense, which is just as well since it's only moments before the truck itself is pulled up into the air and then summarily dropped. Soon after, the cab is a smoking mess but the cargo hold seems relatively undamaged -- that is, until a forklift flanked by several men in camo gear, appears from off-road and quickly rips the thing open. The men toss aside the concealing office-supply boxes to get to the S.H.I.E.L.D. safe within, and after a quick shot of someone working with a blowtorch and welding gear, they cut through to reveal a bald, bespectacled man who wonders, "Are we there yet?" That is frankly silly no matter how you slice it, but it's still a pretty solid cold open with which to kick us off. Title card.

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