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Agents of SHIELD Review: Pieces Solving Puzzles

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Coulson and his team were off to Peru to recover an item of unknown, also known as an "0-8-4," on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this week.

Once there, the beloved agent found that retrieving the item was relatively easy... but getting five strangers to work as a team could be quite the opposite.

Fight at 30,000 Feet

It was a nice to see that Coulson’s selection of misfits didn't instantly become a team after just one mission. Then again, it shouldn't really that big of surprise , given that it’s a fairly common theme among Marvel stories: a new team has to figure out how to work together.

You will find it it in everything from movies like The Avengers and X-Men to comics like Guardians of the Galaxy, all great units go through a growth cycle that starts at the awkward point of a bunch of individuals all doing their own thing, evolving and becoming workable unit as time goes on.

You have to love how loyal Coulson is to his people; he never wavered in his belief of them becoming a team. Just like Nick Fury and The Avengers, Coulson was right about his people: when working together they got the job done. 

Melinda May fans were treated to a little more information on her background. Now I’m more curious than ever on how she got the nick name (or code name) “The Calvary." It’s clear she’s not a fan of it, but it doesn’t seem to stop her from living up to it.

Melinda is second in my curiosity only behind Skye. I wish we had gotten a little more from her on her background, but I suspect that hers is going to be an “all or nothing” situation, that once we learn a little it will all come pouring out together.

Okay, we did get one cryptic text from The Rising Tide that she replied back to. So now we know she’s not the only one in that group. Oh, and that she might be spying on S.H.I.E.L.D. for them. I’m not worried, as I suspect that Coulson knows she still in contact with them and has faith she will do the right thing.  

Of course, I have to gush on how fun Fitz and Simmons were this week. They may not be cleared for field work, but they certainly know how to step up and do their part of the puzzle when all the pieces are coming together. I loved how Simmons was running down the list of "new things" they had done on the mission like they were on vacation.  

On the other hand, I’m a little sad for Coulson. His first time seeing an old fling from his past and she tries to use it against him. Maybe it’s just a time honored tradition for leaders in Whedon-verse, as I think back to Saffron and Mal in Serenity and realize Coulson is in good company.

By far the coolest point in the episode, though, was the surprise appearance of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, busting Coulson’s chops for wrecking the plan. In last week's Round Table I asked who we might want to see from the Avengers, I never dreamed we would see Fury at all... much less this soon!

Will we continue to see cameos from other Marvel franchises? While I think it's cool, I fear there could be too much of a good thing and the show could easily become dependent on it.  

Overall, it was a really good second offering for the freshman show and I think it has more potential than ever to be one of this season’s biggest hits. What did you think? Was anything missing you really wanted to see? 

Review

Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (106 Votes)

Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Neejan

It was a lot better than the pilot, but still, it stays a TV show based on comics. So say bye-bye to reality and hello to known plot twists and character arcs. Nothing new there.

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It was great seeing Samuel Jackson in this episode as Nick Fury, but his scene was more comic relief then anything; nothing even remotely important about it except his warning for "the new girl, and how its a risk." Honestly I was hoping for him to just say "Dam, there some @$@$#@ snakes, on this @#$#@$#@ plane."

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You know its not looking good when the only good part about an episode is a 30 second scene that has nothing to do with anything.

Fortyseven

It's better than the first episode.

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I liked the first episode well enough to watch the second, but if the third isn't more interesting than the second, I'm crossing this series off my list. Essentially, it was boring.

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Question to joss whedon: so how long till a fan favorite goes evil and dies ( I.e. Cordelia) or one fan favorite dies and another goes evil (I.e. Tara & Willow)

Marissa

This episode was really good. We found out a little more about Mat which was cool I can't wait to find out more about her backstory. It took almost dying for them to become a team but it seems like its like that for most teams they don't actually become a team until they are all almost killed and they need to work together to save each other. Skye's idea to block the hole in the plane was genius. We learned that Skye is in contact with someone from rising tide and she seems to be a spy. I see that all becoming a pretty big part of the story this season. I think Coulson might know she's in contact with someone but he feels that when the time comes she'll make the right choice and I agree I think when the time comes she will choose shield. I really want to find out more about Skye but I agree I think when we find out about her it will be all at once cause her kind of story I don't think you can drag out like May's. can't wait till the next episode looks good.

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@braaf_hond, I guess I should have been more clear that I was referencing the situation of "male in charge gets ship (plane) stolen by woman who tried to seduce him". In Coulson's case it was an old fling, in Mal's case, he was tricked/conned into a marriage. Still *very* similar if you look at them. :)

Braafhond

first, technically saffron was not exactly an "old fling" of mal … we probably learned more about melinda than about skye because the viewer seems to be one step behind coulson when it comes to learning things … anything missing ? not really … the pieces of the puzzle will come, one at a time … unless abc pulls a firefly / dollhouse … which is not very likely given the quality so far and the fact that you do not need any previous knowledge of the marvel universe to follow the plot …