Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode 2 review

By Max Maier | Oct 01, 2013

Does the 2nd episode continue the super momentum that the premiere had? No, but we do get another solid episode for Agent Coulson and his ragtag gang of agents...and Skye.

At the end of the premiere, S.H.I.E.L.D. detected an object of unknown origin in Peru. So our gang flies over to retrieve the item, where they encounter a military commandant, who Coulson used to know. After rebels attack, our group and the military people escape on their S.H.I.E.L.D. plane. However, Coulson's old friend may have an agenda of her own, and it could endanger Coulson and his new team. And what happens with the artifact?

As I mentioned in my last review, we needed more depth from our crew, and we get that from the ones who needed it. Fitz and Simmons are given more character, but, it is kind of a mixed bag. They are the nerdy scientists stereotype, that has been established. But they are bringing them into the field, and they are a liability. Yes their skills are needed to do science-y stuff, but they don't contribute anything when they are in danger. In Peru, May and Ward had to protect them, Skye and themselves. Hopefully Fitz and Simmons get a little better.

May is getting how badass she is. May is almost on Hawkeye and Black Widow levels. One trick she pulls off near the end of the episode was awesome, and will attest my claim. Skye is still the "I'm a nerdy hacker geek girl, but all the guys want me" stereotype. Nothing really changes that this episode, but her group, the Rising Tide, is brought back into the picture in an interesting way. And Agent Ward, is lovable Agent Ward. He isn't as funny this week, but he is the cool tough guy with a heart.
And, as always, Coulson rocks. 'Nuff said.

The militant group is pretty bland, the leader with a boring goal in mind, that honestly is not thought out till well considering the details. Fortunately they leave the show as quickly they enter. The artifact they find, has interesting ties to the Marvel movie universe, but it doesn't really go anywhere at the end of the episode.

Also, 2 things missing. First, where is the Hooded Hero?! S.H.I.E.L.D. has him in their facilities now and he could be a big help. If he joins our main cast of characters, that would be great. He could also be a particularly big Marvel character I won't mention here. Also, no mention of the centipedes or the organization behind them. Maybe they are just saving this for later episodes, but it is worth noting.

Overall, this was a great episode. Sure, it wasn't as great as the premiere, but it was still enjoyable. It had tense action scenes, funny quips, and great characters. Some other characters need to be improved on, but none of them are bad. This show is still on a good track and I think it will keep up the pace. Also, AMAZING cameo at the end of the episode that ties into my point about references to the Marvel movie universe.

I give Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode 2 a 3.5 out of 5