S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Up!: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – 0-8-4
Hey There True Believers!
Today we’re taking a look at the second episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (maybe you’ve heard of it? :)) Last week we were introduced to the new team that Coulson was putting together, there was a lot of action and people played their part well because they were under pressure, but this weeks episode was all about whether or not these people could function as a unit going forward. Not gonna lie, it felt like a classic Avengers story after a big event and at the same time had Joss Whedon all over it, so what’s a fanboy not to love, right? Oh yeah, it had a pretty cool surprise guest too, but you’ll have to read on to find out who…
This week’s show opened with the CXD 23 Airborne Mobile Command Station aka Coulson’s Sweet Plane aka “The Bus” getting a whole blown into its hull mid-flight and then a flashback to 19 hours earlier. Coming right off of last weeks offer, Skye is brought onto the Bus by Coulson as a consultant. Ward and May both think that this is a risk considering both Fitz and Simmons are non-field agents to begin with and because of her ties to The Rising Tide. Coulson vetoes them because he believes in her, and explains to them that she hacked into S.H.I.E.L.D.’s database twice from her van, so she has useful qualities. Fitz and Simmons seem more than happy that she is one board and tries to settle her in when the team is called into action to visit Peru to track down an 0-8-4 (S.H.I.E.L.D.-speak for an object of unknown origin.) The 0-8-4 ends up being a Gamma powered device that is stuck into the rock wall of a 5000 year old temple, but seems to be German in origin (Can anyone say HYDRA!) The mission goes south when the team caught in the middle of a civil war with some rebels and the Peruvian military who are led by Coulson’s ex, Camilla. A firefight ensues and hot-headed Ward decides to rip the 0-8-4 out of the side of the wall (even though his scientist teammates tell him not to) and begins to extract the team. After a quick chase scene the S.H.I.E.L.D. crew and most of Camilla’s forces end up on “The Bus” and in the air safely away from the rebels.
With the plane en route to a S.H.I.E.L.D. safe-house, Camilla’s troops rest and Coulson gives her a tour of his flying Man-Cave. May is stuck in the drivers seat and appears pissed that she had to see action and the rest of the crew are at each others throats. Ward doesn’t play well with others and sees everyone as a liability. Fitz and Simmons begin to question whether or not they should have gone into the field and think that Ward is an absolute idiot for not listening to him. All the time, Skye is trying to keep the peace but everyone thinks of her as a tag-along. All in all the mission is a disaster, they got out of the last firefight by the skin of their teeth, so now they just take it out on each other and constantly bicker. Meanwhile, Camilla tries her best to seduce Coulson but he sees through her act and realizes that it was a set up to get the device. The rest of the team doesn’t seem to notice that the Peruvian Commandos are just taking it easy, pouring drinks, yet sitting on them. Ward notices eventually, but it’s too late to act and the Peruvians hijack the plane and take each crew member down one by one.
They throw everyone in the hanger, but keep Coulson with them so he can validate a S.H.I.E.L.D flight message. Camilla tells him that she decided to take his plane because both himself and his team seemed so weak and that the plane, the car, and the team were nothing more that a mid-life crisis. Being taken hostage really gets the S.H.I.E.L.D. crew to rally and work together and decide that they have to pool their strengths if they’re ever going to make it. They escape their captors and begin a daring plan to re-take the aircraft, which has Fitz use one of his drones to set off the HYDRA weapon which blows the hole in the plane and brings us back to our opening scene!
The team comes together in the end and retakes the plane, saving Coulson in the process and reclaiming the HYDRA asset. Skye gets the big pop this week by plugging the whole in the hull with a large life raft (kinda silly, but it worked) and saving Ward before he flew out of the hull. In the end, the team used this mission to get out of the me-me-me mentality and respect each member’s strengths to move forward as one unit. But… and it’s a big BUT! All is not OK in paradise. After the mission is over and everyone is safe and hanging out, Skye gets a text message from The Rising Tide wanted to know her status. Her response: I’m in… WTF?? Is she a double agent or just someone who really doesn’t know what she is getting in to? My guess would be the latter, but how cool would it be if Skye was really someone else from the Marvel U, like, say, Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman and known double agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA!) My guess is that it will take the entire season to play this beat out, so lets hope its entertaining!
Now to the surprise guest… I remember when this show was first being talked about they said that we shouldn’t expect big names to drop by every week, yeah right! Nick Fury himself shows up to yell at Coulson for blowing hole in the plane! It’s really a hilarious scene between these two because Fury is just all over the place and Coulson is just so straight through the whole time. At one point Fury tells him “You know, I have the authority to downgrade your ass to a Winnebago!”in such Samuel L. Jackson style which was just plain awesome.
So end of the day, will I watch next week? Hell Yeah, two epsiodes in and I am hooked. Are you? Let us know in the comments.
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Posted on October 3, 2013, in Geekology, Reviews, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Up!, TV and tagged ABC, Clark Gregg, Joss Whedon, Marvel, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, Ming Na, S.H.I.E.L.D., SHIELD, TV, TV Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.