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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 10:05 pm

Because I went to see it after work tonight, and it really upset me - crying for forty-five minutes straight upset, which is way out of the ordinary for me and an action movie.

Cos, I mean, it's a great movie. I love Sam the Falcon, I love Natasha and her sense of humour and desire to set Steve up with someone. I even loved Steve, who I'm not a huge fan of. When the police car hit Fury, I actually jumped - totally didn't see it coming. I'm so thrilled that he lived, and I loved the hints of his relationship with Natasha. I loved Natasha sneaking in as someone else, I loved Hill getting them free, I loved that it was funny, I loved the strike team at the beginning (though less so when they turned out to be bad guys) and I loved the real SHIELD agents standing up at the end.

But... the whole thing with SHIELD being infiltrated by Hydra, and Sitwell being Hydra (where the hell did that come from?! I was so sure it was going to turn out he was a double-agent for SHIELD and not really dead) makes me really sad and I don't quite get why. Maybe because I read a lot of fic where SHIELD was the first safe place for people like Natasha and Clint and now it's all gone - I mean, Natasha basically said that. Maybe because I can't figure out how Agents of SHIELD works in line with what just happened, and what happens to all the SHIELD agents who weren't Hydra.

But yeah - talk to me about it if you've seen it, before I have to explain to my work colleagues why I'm so upset over a movie.
Saturday, March 29th, 2014 08:26 pm (UTC)
‎Yeah, I'm not sure how I felt about the ending. Like you, loved Falcon, loved Natasha, Steve&Natasha, Fury, Hill. But it made me sad, and not in the way that Cap 1 made me sad (I do also love Steve...) because at least Cap 1 - pre credit tag - ends on that moment of hope, the war ending, Steve's legacy even in 'death'. 

I think... I'm fine with dystopia in fiction, and I've loved plenty of canon where the authorities were the bad guys, so I don't exactly know why it upset me so much that they basically decided to blow SHIELD up in all ways. I think maybe it felt particularly hopeless, saying that there is no way at all to recover, that the only way to progress was to go it alone. And I come from West Wing, you know, I'd like to believe that it is possible occasionally for groups of people to come together and build something good, or make something good from an organisation with limitations. Howard and Peggy's legacy? ‎But SHIELD - this vast global force - there weren't enough good people there to salvage it? Even outside the Washington HQ, what about all those field offices?  I liked the stand they made, listening to Steve, but the first image of a SHIELD team fighting back against Hydra was of them being mowed down :(

And, yes, I want to know how SHIELD the show works now (on UK pace, nobody spoil me!) and I wish Sitwell wasn't Hydra, and I wish the resolution had a moment of hope for humanity as a whole. If that makes any sense at all. Anyway, you're not alone.‎