Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Simmons Reveals DOCTOR WHO Fandom on AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
Agent Leo Fitz may want to seriously consider investing in a David Tennant Tenth Doctor costume.
During "The Only Light in the Darkness," tonight's episode of ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., life sciences specialist Agent Jemma Simmons revealed her fondness for a certain world's longest-running science fiction television series by the name of Doctor Who.
As fans of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and/or Captain America: The Winter Soldier are aware by now, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been extremely compromised by the evil forces of HYDRA, to the point of complete FUBAR where no one knows exactly whom they can trust. Enter Agent Eric Koenig (Patton Oswalt), who insists that no one is leaving until they go through "orientation," which turns out to be a highly advanced lie detector test. The lie detector was designed by Nick Fury himself so that even Black Widow couldn’t beat it, though it's not mentioned whether she did or not. (Let's face it, she probably did.)
Koenig begins examining the team with the hypothetical question "You wash up on a deserted island, alone. Sitting on the sand is a box. What is in that box?" and we get a montage of answers. However, it's Elizabeth Henstridge's character Jemma Simmons who proves the most revealing with her response. "The TARDIS," she replies to the delight of Whovians everywhere.
The Doctor Who reference makes perfect sense of course, given Simmons' British geek background and the perfectly logical reasoning that The Doctor's machine of time and relative dimensions in space could get her off that deserted island rather easily. "The Only Light in the Darkness" was written by Monica Owusu-Breen, a former writer and producer of such sciencey fictiony shows as Lost, Fringe and Revolution.