"Did I fall asleep?" "For a little while." That's it! Coulson is an Active! I was a bit surprised that the artifact was something hidden in a tree in Norway rather than a leftover weapon from the Greenwich attack, but the tie to The Dark World turned out to be more sociopolitical -- the intrusion of real Asgardians inspiring a neo-pagan movement. Which is an interesting idea, just the sort of thing this show is meant to be about -- the consequences on ordinary people living in a comic-book world.