Let's see what they spent most of that money on!
|Spoiler alert: They spent it on slow-mo effects.|
He appears to leave the car unattended while he’s filling up, and I really hope that’s not the case. I used to work as a gas station and I can tell you right now that that’s a fire hazard. Like most people who enter a gas station, Phil kneels by the donuts and tries to figure out whether he wants the chocolate or the glazed donuts, despite the fact that the person behind the counter is working third shift and has a lot of cleaning to do but can’t leave the register unattended so you’re just making her wait for you while you stare at donuts.
|Hurry it up! There’s a hotdog machine that needs to be cleaned!|
Agent Coulson: “I do. But it’s really more like a lease.”
They demand the keys, and Coulson acquiesces. Then they demand that the cashier empty the cash register, despite the fact that most places try to keep less than two hundred bucks in the drawer, and also demand cigarettes.
Agent Coulson: “’Scuse me! I also have this gun.”
Fun fact: After filming Thor, which featured named weapons like Mjolnir and Gungnir, Clark Gregg decided to name his gun "Glockenspiel." And that's just another reason to love him.
|"You guys want me to get rid of this?"|
|"It would make things easier for us, thanks."|
|"No problem. I can even tie this hand behind my back. Give you a fighting chance."|
|One of the bad guys figuratively and literally shoots himself in the foot, too.|
|Wow. Making her go straight back to work after a traumatic experience? Kind of insensitive, Coulson.|
|"Toss 'er a coin. That's what I always do."|
Agent Coulson: “Tell ‘em those tai-bo tapes really paid off.”
Uh… gas stations have security cameras, Coulson. They’re going to see your Matrix moves. And they're going to see your gun, too.
|"You know that you're in a region of New Mexico that doesn't allow concealed carrying of firearms, right?"|
|"Well... I took my gun out, so, uh, let's just call that open carry, huh? As a favor to the guy who rescued you?|
|"Open carrying of firearms isn't allowed within stores that sell alcohol. And we do."|
|Dang it, Coulson, I know Roxxon is evil, but you don't have to nearly blow up one of their stations.|
There's not much to say, really. It was basically just a fight scene. Though I will say that it was not only a well done fight scene, but it was bookended by nice character moments to give us all a glimpse into what kind of a person Phil Coulson actually is.
Phil Coulson is a nice guy. And a professional. He could easily solve the problem with his gun, but he wants neither casualties nor ongoing police investigations. He saves the day. He moves on. He's a hero not because he has any kind of powers, but because he found himself in the right place at the right time.
Still, I think they probably should have budgeted better. There was barely any money left to make "The Consultant," which works better as a character piece in my opinion. Still, this was still enjoyable to watch.
Next time, we get to see what happens to the Avengers' leftovers. See you then!