Howdy ladies and gents, time for my review of episode 2 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., entitled “0-8-4“. Now I reviewed “Pilot” last week and I pretty much said while it had some issues to iron out,but it was a pretty good starting point for the series. So does episode two step it up or fail? Read on to find out.
As with the last review I’m just gonna talk about the plot and then say what I liked and what I didn’t like. Right? Lovely, let’s keep moving.
In this episode, the team travels to Peru to investigate an object of unknown origin they later identify as a weapon made by terrorist organization HYDRA. The team encounters Peruvian soldiers, led by a former ally of Coulson, seeking to turn the object over to their government.
What I Liked
Well for starters this episode is definitely an improvement over the first episode. While “Pilot” was about getting us used to this smaller version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “0-8-4” drops us right into the action with a quicker pace, better plot and characters and more Easter eggs and ties to the MCU.
What I really liked about this episode was the greater sense of urgency, with this trip to Peru to find that unknown item gave this episode a better focus and made all of the characters around it feel relevant whether they were on the S.H.I.E.L.D. team or the enemy. I liked seeing some ties to Coulson’s past in the form of Camilla Reyes, but it was also great to see this ragtag group of individuals that Coulson put together finally start to form a unit and click. Oh and the additional action, good sense of humour and Marvel references were welcome too. 🙂
As for the cast they were cool and besides Agent Coulson, I feel like we got a better look at the team as they were finally forming the team that would be capable of a lot. Firstly Clark Gregg is still great as Phil Coulson, he’s still the definition of cool, has some funny and informative dialogue and just learning more facts about his past is great and fascinating. as awesome as ever, his personality is still cool, calm and collected, but very stern and serious when he needs to be. Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May continues to be my next favourite my favourite outside of Coulson, she’s still kicking ass with her martial arts, but in this episode there she got to interact with the group more and it was nice to see her be a more smiley.
Chloe Bennet as Skye was a little better here because she wasn’t as annoying and was actually pretty useful when acting as part of the group. Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons are a lot better than the last episode with them being a lot more focused on their work, doing a lot less squabbling and actually being quite fun and likeable. And lastly Leonor Varela was super hot and good as Camilla Reyes, she was very tough, sweet and an interesting person when you consider that she was “involved” with Coulson in the past (what a smooth and lucky bastard).
What I Disliked
This time round my dislikes were less than the last episode but they are kind of notable. Brett Dalton as Grant Ward while he was better than the first episode to me is the least likeable in the group, there’s not really a nice or relatable side to him, I only hope his character improves over time. Also while I appreciated the extra action and overall plot, I still haven’t gotten an “amazing” factor from the show yet, I’m still waiting to be swept off my feet.
HOLY FUCKING CHRIST! SAMUEL L. JACKSON IS BACK AS NICK FURY!!!!! OH HAPPY DAYS! I knew that Sam Jackson was interested in joining the show somehow, but I didn’t think he’d make an appearance so early on. But I couldn’t be happier! The scene was funny but also a nice connection to the film universe too. As soon as I heard his voice I was in love again. I love how he ranted and raved about Coulson messing up the plane he gave him in just six days, it was so totally Sam Jackson, but it was also very similar to Fury’s more authoritative style from the comics. I hope this style of the character is used in future films because it makes him seem a little more intimidating and less like your typical Sam Jackson badassery.
In conclusion “0-8-4” is a pretty awesome episode! I feel like with this episode we started to get some stability and get into a rhythm in terms of the character dynamics of the team, story, adventures and continuity with the rest of the MCU. While it hasn’t reached its peak yet, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is looking really good and as I said before it has potential to become more, let’s hope it continues the framework that’s been put in place in this episode.
Rating: 8/10 (A definite improvement over the pilot episode and hopefully a sign of good stuff to come)
So now I wanna hear from you lot out there, How do you think Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fared worth its second episode? Did you like more than the first or were you disappointed? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and I’ll see ya again next week for episode 3! (Hopefully that review will be online a little sooner) 😀