The super spies’ second outing is a definite improvement, especially with the help of some mighty Marvel muscle. ABC’s ads were true: viewers do not want to skip the ending in this one. Will it be a taste of what is to come?
(WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!)
Agent Coulson and his team travel to Peru to recover a Tesseract-like device, but their differences prove to be as dangerous to them as a rogue former agent trying to steal the device for herself.
Tonight’s episode began where last week’s left off, only tonight’s adventure benefitted from better pacing. Previously, the team members were introduced at a breakneck speed. This week they were unshackled from that expositional baggage. However, they have yet to gel as a team. Their personalities clashed. May is annoyed with them. Ward would rather work solo. Skye is still green. Fitz and Simmons think they are too smart for everyone. It is only when a former agent, who assisted them in escaping Peru with the dangerous device, hijacks their plane that are they able to utilize each other’s strengths to rescue Coulson and save the day. It was an expected but understandable episode. Hopefully, it will not be a one-time thing. Teams like this usually need a few outings before their dynamics solidify. It would make for a nice arch early on in the series.
The plot thickened, though. A mysterious outside party is at work. Skye received a text message from an unknown benefactor, and she simply replied to it with, “I’m in.” Every good spy series needs intrigue, and this is an excellent set-up for some.
The episode’s climactic action sequence was the type of over-the-top action one would expect in a spy series or comic book show. The team made the Hydra device fire to punch a hole in the plane’s hull, which opened the door blocking them. However, the sequence stretched suspension of disbelief a little thin by having Skye read an instruction manual flying around in the wind and then using an inflatable raft to plug the hole in the hull. Exciting but far-fetched.
As seems to be a trademark of the show, there were two tie-ins to Marvel’s cinematic universe. The device the team and villains were seeking was a piece of lost Hydra technology from World War II. (Hydra the Red Skull’s evil organization in 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”). Cap was even name-dropped. For fans, this is a great way to fill in some of the nooks and crannies within the cinematic universe. For newcomers, they are clever hints as the larger world. Hopefully, it will intrigue them enough to check out the films.
But the big surprise came in the last few minutes—Samuel L. Jackson appeared as Nick Fury! It was only a cameo, but it was to chew Coulson out for letting his team damage their expensive plane. While Cobie Smulders appeared in the pilot as Maria Hill, having Jackson guest star as S.H.I.E.L.D.’s iconic director may pave the way for other “Avengers” cast members to appear. Could we see Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) or Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) in future episodes?
So far, the series continues to build momentum. It is a hit with fans and critics alike. Let’s hope these heroes stay super.