The Coulson Report : review of agents of s.h.i.e.l.d episode 2

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The Plot

Coulson and his team are lead to an ancient Peruvian temple à la Indiana Jones, where they discover a mysterious object of unknown energy. Soon enough, their activities attract the attention of the local army and armed rebels who want to claim the object for themselves. With a quick escape and an intense gun fight later and with the object in hand, the team take off in their black S.H.I.E.L.D. jet where a successful mission escalates to a deadly hostage situation.  

The Verdict

The tesseract energy and gamma radiation we’ve seen in the Incredible Hulk, Captain America and Avengers movies returns in this second episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Coulson’s newly picked agents are put to the ultimate test to see if they can work and survive as a team. This episode was heavy on action, but light on plot. The ancient artefact isn’t really the focus of the story, instead we’re plunged into an exciting hijack situation with the agents saving Coulson’s ass 30 thousand feet above the earth. Hydra’s mentioned and we get an interesting glimpse into Coulson’s personal past and his taste in Latino women, the Peruvian captain and let’s not forget Lola.
The dynamic of the characters seems to be improving slightly, although some scenes had terrible acting and cheesy dialogue “In English Fitz!” gee, I never heard that one before. The plot was too predictable and in the end, it just felt like Mission Impossible. There’s a nice little appearance of a Marvel character that makes a brief cameo, but shouldn’t come as a shocker. Despite it all, I didn’t hate it, but I just felt it could’ve been way better. Next week’s episode looks promising.

Best bad-ass action scene

When Fitz uses one of his RC flying things to activate the artefact to blast a hole in the plane, well that was pure entertainment.

Best line of dialogue

Pretty much the special guest star’s speech in its entirety.

Closing report

Part of me feels like I should keep watching this show because of my admiration and geek boy dedication to the Marvel Phase 1 movies, but for now I’m giving Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. the benefit of the doubt.