Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Review “0-8-4”

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Episode 2 0-8-4 (6)

After enjoying a hugely successful premiere episode last week, both critically and ratings-wise, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD returned tonight with the promising installment “0-8-4”. As the team made their way to Peru to investigate a mysterious unknown object, they quickly learn that they might have more trouble dealing with each other than in dealing with dangerous alien technology.

In a lot of ways, the second episode can be the most important episode of the first season. While the first episode is tasked with introducing us to the team, and explaining the concept of the show, the second episode shows us what a “regular” episode is going to look like. After enjoying big ratings for the premiere installment, it’s very likely that ABC will be ordering a full season of Agents of SHIELD, which means we’ve got 22 episodes to fill. They can’t all be big important episodes that push the mythology of the show, so we’ll have a lot of episodes like this one that feature a “case of the week”. However, if all of the “case of the week” episodes are this entertaining, I will have no problem with that!

This week’s case brought our team down to Peru, where a dangerous artifact was discovered in an ancient tomb. As soon as it’s recovered by the team, Peruvian rebels start shooting up the place and all heck breaks loose. While this episode never really hit the heights of the first installment in terms of big budget action, it was still pretty dang exciting. All of the shootouts in the Peruvian jungle, the fight in the plane, and all of the awesome close quarters fights with Melinda and Grant were excellent.

I wasn’t a big fan of Camilla Reyes as a villainess, but I liked that it gave the team a common enemy so they could learn the value of teamwork. It might have been a little corny to have them all brainstorming escape plans and apologizing to one another for being so cruel, but man did it put a smile on my face! Marvel movies have always had a much lighter tone as compared to their dark DC counterparts, and it looks like that’s going to be the same case for TV as well. I know a few people were a little upset last week that the episode was a little “jokey” and didn’t take itself too seriously, but it looks like that’s going to be the norm, so if you don’t like it then you better back out now.

Skye’s awkward integration into the team was also pretty fun, especially when she realized that they had all just formed as a team right before she got there. The little reveal at the end that she’s still working with the Rising Tide is also pretty cool. We don’t really know anybody else from the Rising Tide at this point, so I’m having a hard time caring about this mysterious organization. What do they really stand for? Who are their members? We don’t know anything at this point, so when everybody is talking about them in hushed tones and she’s keeping her correspondence secret, it doesn’t really mean much to me.

There was quite a few deliberate references this week to The Avengers and the rest of the Marvel universe. Within the first five minutes we had references to Tony Stark, Nick Fury, and Thor’s hammer Mjolnir. Then, as if the reference to Nick Fury wasn’t enough, we had a cameo by Samuel L. Freakin’ Jackson himself! That was completely shocking to me! I couldn’t believe that they were able to keep that cameo under wraps, and that they already had him cameo in the second episode! I’m hoping that this means that Sam can pop back in as Director Fury a couple more times over the course of the series. Hopefully he’ll actually come in for a multi-episode arc at one point, maybe during sweeps.

There’s still a couple of cool mysteries that we don’t know much about. We’re still not quite sure what Melinda May did in Bahrain to earn the nickname “The Cavalry”, but I’m hoping a flashback episode will clear that up. I’m also interested in Skye’s past, and what exactly she’s planning to do with the Rising Tide, but these are all things that I’m sure will be answered in the episodes to come.

Overall I was a huge fan of “0-8-4”, and it made me feel a little more at ease with the series as a whole. If their “case of the week” filler episodes are this good, then I got a feeling this will become one of my favorite shows in no time. You mix in a great cast of likable actors, and I can’t wait to see more!

What did you guys think? Sound off in the comments section below!

Random Thoughts:

– Did Grant’s fancy staff weapon remind anybody else of Simon Tam’s staff from the opening scene of Serenity? It sure seemed like a pretty direct Whedon connection to me.

– So now that we’ve had Sam Jackson, who else from the Marvel movies do you think we’ll get as a cameo? My money is on either Chris Evans as Captain America, or Iron Man in costume with a voice cameo from RDJ.

– Did anybody notice any other fun Marvel related easter eggs this episode? They keep coming fast and furious that I can’t even write them all down!