I’ve got a feeling this episode is going to raise more questions than answers. Let’s see if I am right…
The second episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. starts off with a literal bang. And, by bang, I mean the side of the airplane that Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the others are occupying gets a chunk blown off before an unidentified figure flies out of the other side.
Cue S.H.I.E.L.D. logo.
19 Hours Earlier
After the logo jump, we find new S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Skye (Chloe Bennet), and former member of the hacker group “Rising Tide,” unpacking her house (a.k.a the van she was posting ultra top secret information from) into the plane we saw in the opening scene.
On board the plane, agents Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) and Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) argue over Skye’s new status as an agent. Agents Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) happily welcome Skye to the team and they affectionately call the plane the “bus”. We also learn that Coulson spent his time here after the Battle of New York (as seen in The Avengers movie).
Coulson mentions that Tahiti is a wonderful place. (Sidenote: If this is going to be a recurring thing I’m going to keep a Tahiti count going until we learn what it actually means. So, starting this episode, we’re are at 1.)
Coulson drops one more Avengers reference by mentioning Thor’s hammer.
The crew finally arrives in Peru to investigate the 0-8-4 code that was mentioned in the last minute of last week’s episode. They are investigating a mysterious object found by a geological professor exploring the ruins in the area. Fitz and Simmons get their nerd on as they use their S.H.I.E.L.D. gadgets to help identify the object, while Skye does the logical (read: illogical) thing and tries to touch it. Thankfully, Fitz warns her against doing so and Skye is saved from potential embarrassment or possibly death.
Back outside the ruins, Agent Ward and May have a nice talk about May being pulled out of retirement… and so begins the name-dropping of secret missions that we will probably never see (see: Budapest.)
Ward says something along the lines of “glad to have someone who has your back” before grabbing a beret-wearing army man out of the foliage nearby. More of them magically show up before we cut to our first commercial break, which includes a sneak peak of Thor: The Dark World. Well played, Marvel. Well played.
We return from the break with May and Ward surrounded by the beret people, and then a chick wearing sunglasses walks out. I have a feeling we are supposed to know who she is… Turns out that Coulson does. Her name is Camilla Reyes and she and Coulson used to work together.
Back at the ruins, Fitz finds out that the mysterious object appears to be “alive”.
Camilla and Coulson walk along a path and talk about secret missions and past adventures before the hut behind them explodes. I was wondering when that was going to happen.
In order to “protect” the object, Ward muscles it out of the wall it is jammed inside, despite Fitz’s protests. Coulson and Camilla show off some pretty decent gun work in synchronization before meeting up with the others back at the ruins. Of course, Ward has to one-up them by stabbing a really cool stick thing into the ground that blasts a blue force around them to blow the ambushing people away.
May shows up with the truck and picks up Fitz, Simmons, Skye, and Ward, while Coulson and Camilla tail them in their truck.
On the plane, Skye mentions her van once again and Fitz starts to bug out over the object containing Tesseract power and being similar to that of the Hydra era. For those that don’t know, this is a reference to the events of Captain America.
I have a feeling that it’s been about 19 hours.
The bus is back in the air and Coulson relays information to base about the Tesseract fuel cell or “device run by evil” as Coulson says. He apologizes to May about being involved in combat again.
Back at lab, everyone argues over the object and Ward once again calls himself a specialist. Coulson cheers everyone up by mentioning their strengths before some cheery yet sinister background music plays. Fitz and Simmons use Iron Man related 3-D models to examine the mysterious object that I will hereafter name T-bomb to make things easier.
In the lounge area, Ward and Skye talk about tweets, Peruvian politics, and the importance of Rising Tide. Information is beautiful to spread, says Skye. Ward disagrees and he… GOT SHOT. It’s just a flesh wound he says. He once again mentions that he is special and has special training for special things. If he keeps this up, his nickname is going to be Agent Special.
Coulson is shown wooing Camilla with old S.H.I.E.L.D. technology. Such a gentleman. Apparently this is all a ruse as Camilla’s men start attacking our team of agents.
Coulson is tied to a chair and Camilla’s beret men have taken over the plane. Coulson and Camilla banter in the usual bad guy/good guy way to kill time while the rest of the team is tied up in the cargo hold. We learn that Camilla knew that T-Bomb was a weapon the whole time and wants to use it to end the rebellion in her country.
Camilla is committing the number one bad guy flaw: talk about your plans and threaten the good guys.
Agent May breaks out of the ties and becomes a badass ninja in about two seconds flat before rescuing everyone by driving a car through the lab doors to retrieve T-Bomb. She’s my favorite so far.
Ground control calls in for the safety codes and Coulson gives the “blue skies from here on out” signal, which probably means something bad is going to happen. Like crashing the plane. Or it means that Fitz is going to blow a hole out of the side of plane sending one of the beret men flying out of it.
Chaos ensues as Agent Special shows off his special moves by taking out a few beret men as the plane begins to spiral out of control. Simmons manages to retrieve the T-Bomb and Coulson saves Camilla from flying out of the plane because he is a good guy. May takes over the plane once again and it stabilizes despite having a giant chunk missing.
The plane lands at “Sling Shot,” location classified. Skye and Coulson talk over his car that miraculously survives without a scratch. Agent May tells Agent Special that Skye is going to need a supervising agent and she means that he is good enough to take up the job. Coulson questions who decided to blow up the plane and the team watches as the T-bomb is propelled into space.
Skye gets a mysterious text message about Rising Tide being in holding pattern and about to go dark. She replies, “I’m in.”
In an eleventh hour cameo, Samuel L. Jackson returns as Nick Fury to yell at Coulson over the newly renovated plane being destroyed in six days.
And that’s where we end.
(In the promo for episode 3, the voice over says that the team will face their “weirdest mission yet,” but since it’s only their third I’m withholding judgment until I see next week’s episode.)
Written by: Kaylie Bustamante