The second episode of Whedon’s new series based in the Marvel universe, picks up where last week’s left off, as the team piles onto the Bus to investigate the 0-8-4, which no one knows what it means, as it can mean a plethora of things.
In this case, it is a piece of Hydra tech that has been fused into the wall of an Incan pyramid in Peru, it’s built using tessarect tech and is emitting gamma radiation. Not a good thing. Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Skye (Chloe Bennet) investigate until a local military unit shows up led by a former flame of Coulson (Clark Gregg), Reyes (Leonor Varela).
Their arrival is followed by an attack by rebels, throwing Reyes, her unit, Coulson and Melinda (Ming-Na Wen) into a firefight while Ward (Brett Dalton) helps the others escape, after recovering the item.
Coulson provides Reyes and her team with an extraction and they all end up on the Bus together as they head to a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. location that houses Operation Slingshot.
But things aren’t all that they seem, and Reyes has a plan of her own…
This week’s story is fairly basic, but it allows the team to come together for the first time, well, second time, and work as a unit. Which is not only important for them, it’s important for the series to establish the interplay and the dynamics of how everyone and everything will interact with one another.
Some of the lines come across as trite, and trying to be overly funny, but the show is still finding its feet and setting its tone, looking to find what works and what doesn’t. So far I am enjoying what I’ve seen (though I don’t really need to see Lola flying again anytime soon, and was worried that would come into play towards the end of the episode and glad it didn’t) and looking forward to following the first season closely and watching how it fits into the whole of the Marvel Universe.
It was also to have that awesome tag at the episode’s end, and let’s establish, something like this will be cool every now and again, but I do hope it doesn’t turn into a regular occurrence because then it simply won’t be as wicked as it was.
They continue to establish character backgrounds and hint that things aren’t as crystal clear as we thought, Rising Tide anyone? But so far, it seems to be working.
I also like the fact that anytime Tahiti is mentioned the automatic refrain is, “It’s a magical place.” If that isn’t a programmed response, which hints at something bigger, and possibly scarier behind it, then I don’t know what is.
I hope the show continues to have its sense of fun, and we get to see the character dynamics that we’ve come to expect from a Joss Whedon run show. As I said, its early days yet, and things are still being set up. It’ll be cool to see where the first season takes us, and hopefully it isn’t cut short before it’s given a chance to be all that it can.
What did you think of it?
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays on CTV.