Agents of s.h.i.e.l.d, 0-8-4

The second episode of ABC’s new superhero adventure series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D sets a good tone for what I hope the rest series will have in store us. The episode “0-8-4” started off with the team extracting some unfriendly seeming technology from an Incan pyramid before being attacked by Peruvian rebels forcing back onto “the bus” (their plane) with a group of Peruvian soldiers. What begins as a fun “Raider of the Lost Ark” vibe eventually spirals into an tense “Air Force One” scenario for a substantial chunk of the episode. Honestly I hope to see more the former in future episode, with the team exploring exotic locations, but I understand that the show is on a network TV budget thus limiting the available settings a bit. The character work was pretty standard, mostly consisting of the team butting heads and eventually learning to work together under lethal circumstances. Skye reels in the sass a bit and become quite relatable as the audience surrogate through whom we experience the strange happenings of the day in the life of a S.H.I.E.L.D agent. Agent ward has some good scenes as he learns to work in a group dynamic whole we get some more insight into Melinda May’s backstory. Coulson was charismatic as usual while Fitz and Simmons were kind of just there for a episode. Hey weren’t bad but they are definitely going to need and episode to themselves so as to stand out to the audience. All in all a fun second episode that while it fails to tread new ground will undoubtedly entertain superhero fans, and aforementioned fans will definitely want to make sure they watch until the very end of the time slot for some classic marvel cameo shenanigans.

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