As much as I love Blair Underwood (I’m a fan of his Facebook page), I was rather annoyed at the news that he’s going to join the cast of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (MAOS). I am convinced that Underwood has some dirt on important people in the TV business, as it seems that a year doesn’t pass without him on yet another TV show. I think that the only reason why Blair Underwood hasn’t been on TV much this past year is because he was performing in the revival of the play The Trip to Bountiful, which I saw and enjoyed very much.
Maybe MAOS needed another Black guy in the cast since the show decided to kill off Agent Triplett (B.J. Britt) in the last episode before the mid-season break. Triplett’s death resulted, as par for the course for the show, in leaving a few things unresolved. I was waiting for Agent Triplett to make a big revelation regarding something his grandfather (who I assume was Gabe Jones of the Howling Commandos) discovered during World War II. But, on the other hand, judging from what happened to Agent Coulson, in the Marvel Universe, presumably dead people don’t necessarily stay dead!
Going back to the casting of Blair Underwood, I noticed that both he and Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson) were both on The New Adventures of Old Christine. Underwood played a boyfriend of Christine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), which Gregg played Christine’s ex-husband. On MAOS, Underwood is Agent Melinda May’s (Ming-Na Wen) ex-husband, while there have been hints of a past relationship between Agent May and Agent Coulson. Coincidence? I don’t know, but I’m waiting for Wanda Sykes to show up as Agent May’s best friend!