Violet recaps the second episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., entitled 0-8-4, where the team goes to Peru to recover an object of unknown origin, which is known as an 0-8-4! Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts on the episode.
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 2: 0-8-4 Recap Overview
Need a quick Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode recap of episode 2, titled 0-8-4? Here is a summary of events for the episode. Each event is linked to the more detailed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode recap for 0-8-4 if you need more information!
- Skye joins the team as a consultant, and goes with them to Peru to recover an 0-8-4, which is an object of unknown origin.
- While on site at an Incan pyramid, an old friend of Coulson‘s named Camilla Reyes shows up as Comandante of the military police
- Rebels attack, and the team narrowly escapes to the safety of the plane, along with several of Camilla‘s men
- They head toward a S.H.I.E.L.D. containment facility to drop off the 0-8-4, which is fueled by Tesseract technology and is worse than nuclear. The team has trouble getting along.
- Camilla and her men attack Coulson and his team.
- The team comes up with a plan: use the 0-8-4 to blow a hole in the side of the plane. Coulson nearly gets sucked out of the hole.
- Camilla saves Coulson, but he handcuffs her to the pole. Skye uses an inflatable raft to cover up the hole.
- The 0-8-4 will be destroyed by sending it to be blown up by the sun. Ward thinks Skye has potential as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and volunteers to be her supervising officer. However, Skye secretly gets a text from Rising Tide which suggests she is a spy for them.
- Samuel L. Jackson makes a surprise appearance as Nick Fury.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode Recap: 0-8-4, the Details
Flashback to 19 hours earlier, when Skye is moving her stuff onto the plane. Meanwhile, Ward expresses his distaste for Coulson hiring Skye as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, but Coulson clarifies that he invited her on as a consultant. Ward further emphasizes that he feels Skye is a risk and has no place there, and May seems to agree.
Coulson welcomes Skye, and informs her that they’re going to Peru for an 0-8-4, which is an object of unknown origin. The team’s mission is to go in and find out if it’s useful or if it poses a threat. The last 0-8-4 was a hammer, presumably Thor’s hammer.
The team arrives at an Incan archeological site of a 500 year old pyramid. Skye asks Coulson what she’s doing, and he says if it gets out he’ll want her to create a diversion and put the public on the “wrong scent,” which Skye points out is everything she’s against. The team goes inside the pyramid and finds a metal, glowing object lodged into the wall. Fitz and Simmons inspect the object with their gadgets. They determine that the object has been there for at least 1500 years, and speculate that it could be alien — or German.
Outside, Ward and May are attacked by soldiers, but they are able to overcome the few guys that attack them. However, several trucks pull up, and more soldiers get out and surround them. Ward radios Coulson for help, and he comes out and begins speaking Spanish to the soldiers. Then a woman walks up, and it appears she and Coulson know each other. She orders the soldiers to stand down. Coulson introduces her as Comandante Camilla Reyes with Peru’s Military Police. They used to work together back in the day. Camilla wants to have a conversation about how to proceed, but Coulson informs her that an 0-8-4 supersedes all national claims.
Back inside the pyramid, Fitz says that the object is “alive”: it has a functioning power source. Ward informs them about the National Police, and asks how much longer they’ll be. They ask if they’re in danger, and he says not if everyone does their job, and then questions what Skye’s job is, to which she has no response.
As Coulson and Camilla take a walk and reminisce about their past, there’s an explosion behind them — rebels! Another explosion goes off, and gunfire is exchanged. Meanwhile, inside the pyramid, Fitz and Simmons frantically try to pack up. Ward gets impatient and pulls the 0-8-4 out of the wall.
Coulson and Camilla cover each other in a choreographed pattern which makes it evident that they have worked together in situations like this before. Ward exits the pyramid shooting, and Coulson tells Camilla to order her men to get down. Ward then takes out a stick shaped metal object and stabs it into the ground. It emits a blue force field which knocks down all the rebels.
Fitz, Simmons, and Skye think the coast is clear, so they come out of the pyramid, but they are met by a rebel. Just when they are about to get gunned down, Agent May pulls up in the S.H.I.E.L.D. SUV and blocks the shots. Ward and the rest of the team gets in the car, and May quickly drives away. Coulson gets in a truck with Camilla. The rebels chase them to the plane, shooting at them the whole way, but everyone, including several of Camilla’s team, are able to make it safely on board. Fitz then explains that the 0-8-4 is fueled by Tesseract technology, and makes a reference to Captain America. He further explains that it contains lethal amounts of gamma radiation, which is worse than nuclear.
Coulson reports in with their status, and they head toward a S.H.I.E.L.D. containment facility. He apologizes to May for putting her in a combat position, but she gives him the silent treatment. After Coulson invites Camilla and her guys to make themselves comfortable upstairs, he walks into the lab to find the team arguing. Skye figures out that this was only the team’s second mission together, and that she was their first. Ward complains about the fact that he has to work with non-combat ready agents. Coulson tells them to work out their differences.
Later, Fitz and Simmons continue to examine the 0-8-4, and seem to regret their decision to go into the field. Meanwhile, Skye tries to make nice with Ward, and we find out that Ward got shot trying to protect them. As for Coulson, he’s giving Camilla a tour of his room, and she seems to be a little too forward with him, which makes him suspicious. Ward seems to notice the soldiers on board being suspicious as well. Ward and the solidiers begin to fight, as Coulson and Camilla begin to fight as well. But Coulson and Ward stop fighting when they see that one of Camilla’s men is holding a knife to Fitz’s throat. Camilla reveals she had been planning on turning on Coulson’s team as soon as she saw them.
Camilla ties Coulson to a pole because she needs him to respond when S.H.I.E.L.D. checks in, and handcuffs the rest of the team in the cargo hold. The team discovers that May was previously known as “The Cavalry,” a nickname she hates. They wonder how they’re going to get out of this, and Ward says they don’t all need to come up with a solution, they just each need to come up with part of a solution, referencing something Skye said to him earlier. May breaks her wrist to get out of her handcuffs, and overtakes their guard. She then snaps her wrist back into place and asks what’s next.
The team seems to have come up with a plan. Agent May drives the SUV through the glass doors of the lab, while the others gather supplies. S.H.I.E.L.D. checks in with Coulson, and Camilla holds a gun to his head to make him respond that everything’s fine. Meanwhile, Fitz sends one of his gadgets to where the 0-8-4 is and causes it to shoot a laser beam at the side of the plane, creating a large hole which nearly sucks Coulson out of it, as he had loosened his rope and is barely hanging on.
The drop in cabin pressure released the doors, so Ward is able to go attack the soldiers, while May fights her way back up to the cockpit. Meanwhile, Simmons retrieves the 0-8-4, which is lodged into the plane’s wall. Fitz, Simmons, and Skye are all tied together, which keeps them from flying out. Camilla helps pull Coulson to safety, but he cuffs her to the pole. Ward tries to save one of the soldiers from being sucked out of the hole, but is unsuccessful. A safety pamphlet flies in Skye’s face, and she has an epiphany from when Ward told her to look at it when she first got on the plane: she deploys a life raft, which covers up the rupture in the wall, and stabilizes things. The team is able to keep Camilla’s remaining soldiers at bay. Coulson comments to Camilla, “I told you they were good.”
On the ground, at “Slingshot,” a classified location, Coulson is making sure his car Lola is okay. Skye asks what exactly she’s signing up for, and he replies, “Like I said, front row seats to the craziest show on Earth.” She comments that she didn’t know it was going to get this crazy this fast, especially for an object that they’re just going to destroy, but Coulson says that Slingshot is “protocol,” and that the 0-8-4 is too dangerous for anyone to have. Skye asks what happened with Reyes, and Coulson says she’s being held at a S.H.I.E.L.D. detainment facility, but what Skye really was asking was if he and Reyes “did it.” However, Coulson replies, “That’s classified.” Meanwhile, Ward is talking to May about Skye having the potential to become a field agent. He volunteers to be her supervising officer.
The team decides to have a tailgate party to watch the 0-8-4 get sent into space to be blown up in the sun. Coulson asks the team whose idea it was to blow a whole in the plane, and they all own up to it. He praises them. Skye gets a text from Rising Tide asking her status. She texts back, “I’m in.”
Samuel L. Jackson makes a surprise appearance as Nick Fury to yell at Coulson about destroying the plane after having it for only 6 days. He also tells Coulson that the new girl is a risk, and Coulson says he knows.
Violet’s Thoughts: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 2, titled 0-8-4
I think I liked this episode better than the last one. I didn’t find the characters quite as annoying this time, so maybe because I’m getting used to them. Except for Skye, she’s still annoying. I’m not sure why she’s even there in the first place, just like the show seemed to be pointing out all episode as well. And now we find out she’s a spy for Rising Tide… dun dun dun! Agent May and Coulson are the only ones I can take seriously. We already knew Coulson was cool, as was evident from the Marvel movies he was in, but I think May is pretty awesome!
Although it was a fun episode, the cheese is still there, and a is bit distracting sometimes. Oh, let’s create a conflict that the team doesn’t get along. But then, they’re magically going to get along because of something that Skye said that turned out to be particularly insightful and changed Ward’s entire opinion of her changed, even though he was the one who was most against her in the the first place. I can see the show’s point in this, that we had to get over the “getting to know you” hump before the team could really cooperate and work together well, but it’s still a bit far fetched that they’re all friends now. Are they all going to be buddy buddy from here on out? I find Ward’s complete 180 on his opinion of Skye particularly unbelievable. It’s one thing for him to accept her as a consultant to the team, but for him to want to personally supervise her becoming a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent? I don’t think her performance was that impressive! This is obviously to set up the suggestion of a romantic relationship between the two. Oh, and the raft actually plugging up that enormous hole was also not very believable.
However, as I already said, it was a fun ride. I like how they continue to throw in references to various Marvel movies, and I especially enjoyed Samuel L. Jackson’s cameo as Nick Fury! I think it’s safe to say that I’m willing to stay on the ride to see what comes next!
Josh’s Thoughts on Episode 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., titled 0-8-4
So far, I am really enjoying Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But there are a few really bothersome things that I have seen the past two episodes. As I mentioned in the previous episode recap for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I am still having a hard time getting into the acting for most of the characters. Fitz, Simmons, Ward, and Skye so far all come off very one dimensional, and so far have no redeeming qualities to them.
This episode tried to reduce some of angst between the younger characters, by uniting them against a common evil (which Coulson acknowledges happening to Camilla), but it didn’t really make them less annoying to me so far. Ward did have a cool action scene though, when he is trying to get to the cockpit. That was fun.
I am enjoying Agent May’s and Coulson’s characters. Those two feel like they have some substance to them. They bring the right amount of subtle humor, and their back stories, from what we know, sounds interesting to learn about.
Probably my least favorite scene was the blowup raft being used to seal the plane’s hole. I am no engineer, but I would guess the pressure pulling everything out of the plane would be great enough to pull that boat right through the hole. Maybe if the hole was a little smaller I could buy it, but that raft was barely able to cover the gap. Add some pressure (like pressure caused by a hole in an airplane perhaps?) and it’s going right through!
Of course, the most exciting part of this episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., was the last couple minutes, when Coulson is being reamed by none other than Director Fury himself, Samuel L. Mother-f-n Jackson. It was pretty awesome seeing him in a TV show, and in “Fury mode”. This show is certainly trying its hardest to combine their universe into one big one. I for one, am excited about that. If we can get another Marvel show, it would be fun to see characters cross back and forth. The possibilities would be endless!
Scenes from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Episode 3, The Asset
Here are scenes from the next Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode, titled The Asset: