Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Coulson and his new team struggle to get along during a mission to Peru

Season 1, Episode 2 review

So the second episode of 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' not only takes us to pastures new, but also feels a little different than the first in it tone. Specifically, we're transported to the wilderness of a Peruvian jungle where Coulson and his band of misfits are called to investigate the discovery of an ancient artefact. Suffice to say their presence a) doesn't remain undetected, and b) fails to go smoothly.

Flash forward

We're thrown into the latter stages of the story right at the beginning, as we get a glimpse aboard an aircraft during an explosion. Once we rewind 19 hours, we're quite abruptly placed into the lives of the newly formed team that have welcomed Skye along for the ride.

The dialogue continues with its wit and charm from the pilot, only there's also a smattering of cheese laced into a lot of it. It doesn't so much hinder the impending adventure and bickering that goes on between the various factions, but it does ever so slightly undermine its credibility.

Into the fray

The focus of this episode seems to be all about the adventure. Episode 2, titled 0-8-4, really immerses S.H.I.E.L.D. into the field of combat as they're forced to put their differences aside to work together. However, this is easier said than done due to the clashing of such strong personalities. Once the plot offers up an obstacle to overcome, it's then a typical outcome of unifying and identifying each other's strengths to get the job done.

That said, it's a durable and fun time; of similar ilk to an 'Indiana Jones' romp. It does a sterling job of keeping the plot interesting and moving along at a pace that doesn't skim, yet condenses itself into its hour slot well.

Cameo ahoy

There are yet more hints and nods to the Marvel world, notably the Battle for New York during 'Avengers Assemble' with some brief acknowledgment to Thor and Captian America. But it's the very end of the episode that'll have fans grimacing with excitement at the cameo of Sam L. Jackson. It's hardly an essential addition to the already concluded plot, but is great to see the show including some nice guest appearances.

What did you think of episode 2 of 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'?

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