VOD TV review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Episode 2, 0-8-4)
Neil Brazier | On 09, Oct 2013
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The team travel to Peru to investigate an artefact that may be out of this world and run into more than they bargained for in 0-8-4, when an old flame of Agent Coulson turns up to offer a helping hand. Episode Two of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D continues the intensity and high action of the pilot with effects, explosions and aeroplanes akin to the silver screen. The dynamics between the team are fleshed out a little more, borrowing much from the Avengers by uniting the team with a common threat.
Despite their obvious similarities, we are starting to see that there is more to the relationship of Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). The danger is that these two characters are almost blurred into one, enforced by that moniker “Fitzsimmons”, but seeds of difference are sown when Simmons apologises for forcing Fitz into the field so early on. Could there be more to the adorable couple than we thought?
That’s the theme that’s embedded throughout the episode: it seems that Agent Coulson is a dark horse too. Meanwhile, poor Skye has to try and find her place in the team. But when there aren’t any computers to hack, what can a computer hacker do? 0-8-4 ends with an insight into her real motives, which could lead to future sparks – it’s worth waiting the entire episode for. If the pilot didn’t reference the Marvel cinematic universe enough, then this one scene delivers it in spades. It remains to be seen whether this sort of level can be maintained throughout the season, but so far the show is off to a great start.