One of the highlights of the latest television season to date is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a sort-of spinoff from The Avengers executive produced by that film's director, geek god Joss Wheedon, and starring Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, who proves that dying on the big screen can turn into life on the small one.
As a bonus, last night's episode featured extended sequences set in Colorado but not shot here -- which may explain its screwy sense of geography. Details, photos and more below.
The action sequence that kicks off the ep features a big rig driving on a highway that's supposed to be in Colorado. To us, though, the terrain in this shot looks suspiciously like the Hollywood Hills:
As the camera draws nearer, we see that the truck is delivering goods for "Colorado's Office Supply Superstore:" Specifically, the business is Rocky Mountain Office Supply, which is clearly doing very well for itself despite being fictional. By the way, that image in the upper-left-hand corner of the pic above is a vehicle being sucked into the sky by a strange gravitational device. This same fate soon befalls the semi -- and by "befalls," we mean the truck is picked up as if by invisible hands, then dropped onto the pavement, after which assorted nefarious types grab a scientist riding in the back.
To investigate this crime, Agent Coulson and his crew head to Interstate 76 near Sterling -- a stretch of road that in no way resembles the environment where the truck crash was filmed. Sterling even gets an on-screen credit....
...as does another Colorado locale, Barnroof Point: An embarrassing confession: Even though I'm a Colorado native who was born on the Western Slope (Grand Junction), I'd never heard of Barnroof Point. It definitely exists, however. It's in in the southwestern corner of the state, in the vicinity of Durango.
Still, its location begs the question: Why is Agent Coulson investigating the mystery in Barnroof Point, as he's seen doing here....
...when it's a long, long way from Sterling, which can be found in pretty much the opposite corner of the state. According to Google Maps, the distance between these spots is at least 465 miles. Here's the route from one place to the other: We've got to give members of Wheedon's braintrust credit for namechecking Colorado communities that don't frequently surface in pop culture. But clearly, geography wasn't their best subject.
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Here's a promo for the episode that includes a glimpse of the Rocky Mountain Office Supply truck on the roll.