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I have a confession. I'm a nerd.

Oh, I have a lot of people fooled (or, at least I think I do). I dress fashionably. I carry myself with confidence. I make all the right pop culture references in casual conversation.

Then I screw up, and get into a protracted discussion about serif vs. non-serif fonts and convince a co-worker to use Calibri for a procedural document because the 4s look cooler. My cover is totally blown.

So, since I'm out of the closet anyway, I can admit how much I enjoyed watching Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last night. Seriously, I had to fight the urge for a post-fangasm cigarette.

Do You Know What S.H.I.E.L.D. Means?

Since there is a slight possibility that not everyone on the planet is familiar with the Marvel Comics Universe, S.H.I.E.L.D. is a law-enforcement agency that was created to deal with the arrival in U.S.A. of superheroes, supervillians, gods, and other assorted threats to civilization. There was a particularly funny bit last night when Grant Ward is asked if he understands what S.H.I.E.L.D. means (actually, it's Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division), and he replies that someone "really wanted our name to spell out 'shield.'"

I guess you had to be there. Oh, actually you's included in the YouTube clip below.

The Marvel Comics Universe setting means that the agents exist in the same world as other Marvel heroes, and these characters are referenced, although I noticed that their actual names were not used. Does this mean that they won't make the occasional guest appearance? I hope not. On the other hand, I'm looking forward to getting to know the non-super characters. So far, they seem to rely on super-technology rather than super-powers, which would be consistent with the original comic book stories (although they were infiltrated by an alien race of shapeshifters at one point). I particularly love the hovering forensic drones that Fitzsimmons has named after the seven dwarves. "Fitzsimmons" is actually two characters, a male/female team named Fitz and Simmons who seem to share a single brain.

Actually, my favorite bit included one of those hero references. Skye, a computer hacker who considers herself to be the first line of defense against government oppression, has been captured by S.H.I.E.L.D., whose agents are trying to recruit her. She is accused of being little more than a groupie. Like" of those sweaty cosplay girls hanging around outside Stark Tower." Her response: "I..." (very long pause) "That was one time."

I mentioned in last week's post that I had to look up "twerking." On the other hand, I did not have to look up "cosplay."

What does this say about me?

© ABC’s the Agents of SHIELD courtesy of, 2013

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