It wasn't easy, but the puzzle pieces started to come together on Agents of SHIELD this week, as a new mission took Coulson and his team to Peru.
How did Round Table panelists Jim Garner, Kate Brooks, Christine Orlando and Ellyssa (from ShieldTV.net) feel about the shout-outs to Thor and Captain America? What were their favorite scenes? Scroll down to the answers to these questions and more more!
What was your favorite scene from the 0-8-4?
Christine: I really enjoyed the sequence on the plane as Ward realized something was about to go horribly wrong because the guys weren't touching their drinks. I thought that was something subtle but it made sense that someone trained to be observant might catch. Then all hell broke loose.
Kate: The final scene when they were watching the rocket take off, though Skye was noticably distracted, to me this scene kind of showed us what we're going to get with this show. A team of misfits coming together to be an unstoppable force within S.H.I.E.L.D. It got me really excited for what's to come.
Ellyssa: I'm going to go with a few favorite moments rather than a whole scene. The step back when they realized what Fitz was trying to say about the 0-8-4 being dangerous, the team's reaction to May escaping when they were tied up, and Coulson quickly re-wrapping the ropes around his wrists when he realized what was about to happen.
Jim: I really enjoyed the gang all tied up with Ward telling them about Melinda being "The Calvary." It was a strong bonding moment and good fun when she broke loose a moment later.
Did you like the tie-ins and references to Thor and Captain America movies?
Christine: Yes. I think the references to the show's super hero origins are fun. I couldn't help but chuckle when Coulson said the last object of unknown origin they checked on was a hammer.
Kate: I have two answers to this one: This is expected and should be required, in my opinion. They've been referencing the attack in New York, which was the Avengers, also Tony Stark. You know, it would take you away from what SHIELD actually does if they didn't. My second answer is that I love it. I really hope they continue to reference, bring in familiar faces. It expands not only the Marvel universe but SHIELD's relevance.
Ellyssa: I do like them, though I worry a little that they might start overdoing the "in jokes", there are throwbacks to more than just the Marvel movies.
Jim: I'm thrilled that the comments work if you haven't seen the movies, but are better if you have. Like Ellyssa, I'm worried they might be over doing it some, we will have to see how the next few episodes go.
Should Coulson let Skye apply to be a full Agent before even getting her last name?
Christine: Absolutely not! They just met. We know she's hiding something and I'm guessing Coulson knows it too. Besides if Tony Stark (aka Ironman) is only a consultant then why should Skye be a full blown agent?
Kate: I like Skye and the mystery that surrounds her. Promoting her to agent was a premature decision but she meshes well with the team. I like that we don't know her last name. Hell, Skye could be her last name or not even her real name at all.
Ellyssa: I think it's too soon to assume there's not more to the story, we've seen Coulson's mind is always a few steps ahead and he knows more of what is going than he shows. What I can't decide is if he knows not to trust Skye and is just waiting to play his hand against her or if she's actually working with him against The Rising Tide.
Jim: I realize the show is called "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." but that doesn't mean everyone must be a full agent does it? I'm torn, maybe she would feel more useful if she had passed agent training.
We had Agent Hill last week and Nick Fury this week, which did you enjoy more?
Christine: I loved Nick Fury. He gave Coulson Lola! (I'm a little in love with Lola.) And how can you go wrong with Samuel L Jackson telling you that you can't have your fish tank?
Kate: Maria Hill. Hands down. She was my favorite addition to The Avengers film and I really loved her scenes in the Pilot. I hope when How I Met Your Mother ends we see more of her.
Ellyssa: I think Hill's appearance felt more organic and to me Fury seemed more of a gimmick, that said, I greatly enjoyed both and am glad they were there. After Coulson's comments last week I knew it was only a matter of time before we'd see Fury though didn't expect it so soon.
Jim: Like Ellyssa, Fury's visit felt like a gimmick. I didn't understand why everyone was crying over the plane that was clearing getting fixed. Everyone made it sound like it was never going to fly again. Maybe we will get lucky and Kate will be right and we will get to see more of Hill in the future.
Who has a better chance with Skye, Fitz or Ward?
Christine: I'm really not sure. Ward is obviously intrigued, plus he's certainly attracted to her but that could be a detriment to them both. Fitz on the other hand could gain Skye's trust as more of a friend. Time will tell.
Kate: Ward. Obviously. They already have tension and you can tell Ward has a soft spot for her. I just hope she plays super duper hard to get and we don't see this pairing become canon for a long time!
Ellyssa: I think there's an obvious bonding of some kind happening with Skye and Ward, but what form that will end up taking is anybody's guess at this point.
Jim: I think Skye will end up "friend zoning" Fitz as she seems drawn to the more dangerous types. If they are goin to hook Ward and Skye up, lets hope they take a lesson from Castle and make it years from now.