Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Season 1 Episode 2


Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 01, 2013 on ABC
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Episode Summary


Coulson and his team travel to Peru to recover a mysterious artifact designated 0-8-4. However, they run up against an enemy agent, Camilla Reyes, who also wants the item.

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  • Not impressed.

    Not impressed with this show so far, not sure what they actually do that is so special? Last week I thought is was good, funny and with potential, I thought the story would start to develop - now it looks as if this is all we get.
  • 084 - Episode 2

    This is what the show needs more of. Yes, the show was lacking a little bit in story, it felt very thrown together, but you had the action and excitement that SHIELD should be about. If they can give us this every week the show could develop a solid fanbase.
  • TVdotcom, what is up with your math?

    Currently this show has a 7.8 average rating. Now there are 192 ratings, but only 24 written-out reviews (with ratings). But of the written-out reviews, the average rating is only 6.25. So why is the overall average rating so much higher? Only angry people are willing to write?
  • Full Of Sound And Fury, Signifying Something You'll Never Hear The End Of

    A few assorted notes to start: Tahiti is still a magical place, Coulson wants Skye to feed misinformation to the public where necessary, and whatever even caused May to leave the field happened in Bahrain, and she was also known as "the cavalry" until then, which I think everyone will now agree makes sense?

    Unsurprisingly, Skye has accepted Coulson's offer of a consultancy gig, even allowing . to take temporary custody of her van and taking up residence on "the bus," which is the fancy plane we saw in the pilot that's even more heavily featured this week. In other non-surprises, Ward is not so much a fan of Skye joining their team, such as it is, not that May seems so jazzed about it either, but she's not openly hostile to Skye like Ward is. And that's hardly the only intra-team tension, as Ward, Fitz/Simmons, and Skye all bicker among themselves, to which Coulson's basically like work it out, overachieving jerks.

    The 0-8-4 referenced last week seems to be any object that's as yet unexplained, but the agents at least know it's in Peru, so they head to an Incan archeological site, and within a temple they find an artifact that they determine has been there for at least 1500 years. . is then accosted by Peru's military police, but luckily their leader "Commandante Camilla Reyes" is an old acquaintance of Coulson's. Fitz and Simmons determine that the artifact has a functioning power source, but before they can get any farther, rebels attack, forcing Ward to grab the thing and lead a retreat back to the plane. Once safely there, Fitz explains that the artifact is fueled by tesseract technology and as such contains lethal amounts of gamma radiation, so much like last week, we've got the potential of a ticking time bomb on our hands.

    On the plane, Skye explains to Ward the concept of social change through social media by way of letting him understand her beliefs about freedom of information, and the two of them at least make an effort to see things from the other's point of view. Ward then senses that all is not right with the Commandante and her group, but while he and Coulson make a fight of it, May, flying the plane, ends up incapacitated by gas, while Fitz and Skye are captured, so Coulson ends up ceding control of the plane, whereupon we learn that the Commandante intends to use the artifact to crush the rebels, because attempting to harness power sources you don't understand never, ever goes wrong.

    However, the non-Coulson . agents work together to free themselves from the cargo hold, with May earning the title of undisputed badass of the episode by dislocating her wrist on command to free herself from her restraints. The . underlings then use Fitz's drones to activate the artifact and blow a hole in the plane, and the resultant drop in cabin pressure causes the doors between them and Coulson to unlock, leading to using their individual talents and saving the day, although once again, May is such a badass that even Ward is again impressed; he also comes around on Skye enough to take on training her as a field agent.

    In the end, the . misfits bond over beers as the artifact is safely dispatched from the Earth via "slingshot," but they're unaware that Skye tells the Rising Tide that she's infiltrated . Also, Fury shows up to berate Coulson for the damage to the plane, and if he's going to appear every time these guys cause insurance premiums to go up, we'll be seeing a lot of him. And that would be pretty awesome.moreless
  • Pieces solving a puzzle.

    Let me get one thing out of the way, I didn't hate this episode as much as everyone else seems to. In fact, I found it an improvement over the Pilot. It had less cheesy one liners and better action scenes. The production values were impressive and film like for a TV series. And Samuel L Jackson cameoed. His appearance was probably the best thing about the episode.

    The main problem I had with this episode is the same thing I had with the Pilot. The characters. They're one dimensional, stereotypical, and uninteresting. Except for Skye. This show is essentially an NCIS spin off in the Marvel Universe, and so far I prefer NCIS. At least NCIS has wit and likable personalities.

    Aside from the characters, my other main problem with this series is it's procedural elements. What this show should have been was much, much more serialized. Marvel is such an incredible universe with decades and decades of material to work from, and limitless possibilities to develop new content for. This show should be like one of my favorite shows, 24. It needs to have a different serialized story every year, that will in turn tie into the Marvel films that are airing during the season's run.

    It has the international element, it has the production values, what it needs is better writing. This entire show is a puzzle, and only some pieces are put together. It has some makings of a serial arc (with Skye being the glue that holds it together) but I think this show would have a lot more breathing room with a focus on serial storytelling. And it needs to handle the mix of comedy and drama better. Iron Man 3 was both hilarious and dramatic, often from one minute to another. It handled it's dramatic moments properly and it handled it's comedic moments properly. It didn't try to have comedy in a serious moment. Neither should this show. It's bringing it down.

    ++Skye, the only good character and good actress on this show besides Couslon. (And it doesn't hurt that she's hot)

    ++Samuel L. Jackson!

    +Good production values

    +Good action scenes

    -Too much comedy in what's meant to be a dramatic moment

    --Most characters poorly written, I don't care about any of them (except for Skye and Coulson)



Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Coulson: Imagine what she'll do with our resources.
      Grant: I am. That's exactly what I'm imagining during this frown.

    • Grant: We've been called in to investigate an 0-8-4. We all know what that means.
      Coulson: Yes, we do. It means we don't know what that means.

    • Coulson: That's where the 0-8-4 was reported.
      Skye: And an 0-8-4 is...?
      Coulson: An object of unknown origin. Kind of like you. Team goes in, determines if it's useful or if it poses a threat. Last one turned out to be pretty interesting.
      Skye: And what was the last one?
      Coulson: A hammer.

    • Coulson: Do you need anything else before I go check on the device fueled by evil that's sitting in our cargo hold? (Melinda ignores him) This was fun.

    • Fitz: Are you mental? I did explain what I meant using the Queen's bloody English!
      Grant: I use normal English. Words like "duck" and "run" and "might blow us to pieces."
      Fitz: Oh. Oh!. Well, congratulations, Agent Ward. you managed to string three words together in a sentence.

    • Coulson: You're not wrong. We still need to iron out the kinks. But Ward, you can speak six languages. Simmons, you have two PhDs in fields I can't pronounce. And Fitz, you are a rocket scientist. So work it out.
      Skye: I'm... I'm good at stuff too.

    • Camilla: Oh, Phil. You're not even aware. Your renewed idealism, your collectibles, your airborne man cave, surrounding yourself with young, attractive agents—you're having a mid-life crisis.
      Coulson: More of an afterlife thing, really.
      Camilla: And I'm not even going to mention the red Corvette.
      Coulson: Her name is Lola.
      Camilla: Of course it is.

    • Skye: Not a scratch. But your plane's totaled. I hope S.H.I.E.L.D. insurance covers hijackings.
      Coulson: Sure. Under "Incidentals."

  • NOTES (3)


    • Skye: Hunger Games?
      Referencing the 2008 novel, the first in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. It is set in the distant future and has one district, The Capital, dominating 12 districts and forcing them to send youngsters from ages 12-18 to fight in a gladiatorial-survival game set in a wilderness environment. The first novel was made into a movie in 2012.