Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD: 0-8-4 Review

Note: Spoilers follow.

After last week saw Agent Coulson’s team assemble, the second episode turned into a team building exercise of sorts. Like the show itself, it revealed some kinks that will need to be ironed out as the series continues.

0-8-4 had the team jetting off to Peru to investigate an object of unknown origin, in this case a tesseract-fueled machine that’s been embedded in a temple wall for over 1500 years. Things soon get complicated when Coulson’s former flame Camilla Reyes (Leonor Varela) arrives on the scene.

It’s going to take a while for Coulson’s team to become the well-oiled machine we know they can be, and this was an episode that needed to happen. To its credit, 0-8-4 concealed this bit of grunt work in an entertaining manner. The script served its purpose well, although at times was a little heavy handed. The way in which the team eventually solves its problem is a tad corny, and the banter between Fitz and Simmons ended up more grating than funny.

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Agents of SHIELD is slowly beginning to reveal small tidbits about their characters. We got to see some of Coulson’s cool collectibles (he doesn’t just collect vintage Captain America cards), we learned that Melinda May was dubbed ‘The Cavalry’ back when she was a field agent – and judging by her fighting skills it’s easy to see why – but by far the most intriguing piece of information was Skye’s mysterious contact with the Rising Tide at the episode’s conclusion. Something tells me that SHIELD are not that trusting and working to find out more about Skye’s origin.

The episode was book-ended by a fantastic cameo from none other than head honcho Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson). Some have questioned whether or not it’s too early to have celebrity cameos on the show but for me it will take a lot for those appearances to overstay their welcome, particularly if they’re that funny.

De-classified notes: Coulson is still saying that Tahiti is “a magical place”, as if he’s hard-wired to do so. My money is on him being an LMD (aka Life Model Decoy).

Allusions to the wider Marvel universe continue with references to Iron Man, Thor, the Tesseract, and Hydra in this episode. Keep them coming!