I'm having a rather hard time deciding if this show is blog-able. On the one hand, there is some sort of arc happening--the scientific experiments that were set up in the pilot--but on the other hand it is very "plot device" of the week as demonstrated by this weeks "0-8-4" and with Sleepy Hollow being my limit on episodic television, I'm not sure if I have the energy to cover SHIELD as well. It's not to say that this weeks episode wasn't good--it was a perfectly fine second week episode, if overly predictable. In any given show where you have a wide array of personalities, at some point you have to give them a common goal or enemy to bring them together so that they learn the value of teamwork. It's supposed to unify them and give the audience a preview of what will come--people using their own individual strengths to others advantages. But the problem was that beyond learning to work together, there was very little point in the overall episode.
This attempt at camaraderie is interrupted both internally and externally. Internally, the agents of SHIELD are having trouble getting along: the scientists want to be careful and perform tests to determine origin, May and Ward are trying to feel each other out while Ward tries to dig into May's past, and Skye mostly walks around confused and in the way
It ends with the team arriving at the "Slingshot" and the 0-8-4 being put into a hold. The team then sits back and enjoys a beer (except Skye of course because she's not a member of the team and symbolism) and watching a rocket be shot out into space while some swelling orchestral music plays in the background.
So what is Skye's deal? At the end of the episode she receives a text from her Rising Tide cohorts wanting to know if she's "in." To which she replies that she is in fact, in. It's worth mentioning that she did hesitate but that's to be expected. They're clearly setting her up as the betrayer with a conscious. Will she actually betray SHIELD? During this episode, Skye was put in a life or death situation, managed to get out of it with her new found friends, was congratulated and thanked and made to feel appreciated, something I suspect Skye has had little of in her life. Ward is now going to take it upon himself to be her supervising officer and see her through and I suspect there will be some romance that goes along with that. In the end, she won't betray them but she'll come very close and her dynamic with the team will change. Predictable so I hope they tell it well.
--Last week I said that if they wanted the show to really succeed, they needed to find someway to bring in the Avengers. So what did they do this week? They trotted out references to almost every single Avenger. Skye is a consultant like Stark (Iron Man). The last 0-8-4 was a hammer (Thor). The explanation to what fueled this 0-8-4 was Captain America's story. And then who should appear at the end of the episode? Director Fury yelling at Coulson over what happened to the plane. Next week I suspect Hawkeye and the Black Widow will show up to give Skye fighting and shooting tips. Don't spend your credit all in one place, SHIELD. Spread out the love.
--Some pretty funny one-liners this week:
"You took a bullet?" "--ish"
"Device fueled by evil sitting in our cargo hold"
"You're having a midlife crisis" "After life crisis" "Don't even get me started on the red convertible" "Her name is Lola."
--Melinda May continues to be mysterious, though this week we did learn that she's referred to as "The Cavalry" which I suppose means they send her in when almost all hope is lost and they need a miracle. Other than this piece of information, she's still a boring character, given very little to do thus far.
--Once again Coulson refers to Tahiti as a magical place but he never says anything more about it. I suspect it will come up every episode until we get the full story.