The opening scenes this week bring a nice level of tension as we are shown two men escorting a restrained and hooded man through a facility and escorted to a chair. We immediately know this is Agent Coulson, not because of his immaculate suit and tie, but ….okay, mostly because of his immaculate suit and tie. (I guess it could have been James Bond under there.)
After Coulson infuriates his captors with his charming personality, there’s a rescue and break out, leading to the opening titles. After this, we see Simmons performing an impromptu lobotomy on a fellow agent, to extract some extremely sensitive information. It’s so sensitive, in fact, that they can’t analyze it on their billion dollar uber jet with all the latest tech, they have to take it to “The Hub”. *cue ominous music*
We’re soon treated to a brief tour of the hub, a city like structure where all manner of projects and operations, presumably each one a classified op, takes place. It’s kind of like the Citadel in Mass Effect meets the War Room at the Pentagon.
Agent Coulson is soon ushered into a top secret level 8 only clearance meeting, much to the dismay of Skye, though he does promise to find out more info about her parents. He’s like the well-dressed, tight lipped father she never had !
Coulson’s meeting with Assumed Head of All Things Victoria does not go well. Apparently the information they’ve extracted tells them that there’s a machine capable of massive destruction on the ground and rather than send in an army to stop it, they’ve chosen to go with a two man team, namely, Ward and ….wait for it…Fitz.
This leads to some nice awkward emotional moments between Fitz and Simmons, especially after last week’s episode where Fitz is the one getting emotional, and now the shoe is on the other foot, so to speak.
There are some other nice scenes as well, like Simmons, who usually plays by the rules, trying to sneak into a security panel and getting caught, with Skye nearby on the com telling her to stop talking as she tries to awkwardly flirt with Agent Sitwell.
There’s also a great scene with Coulson and Skye, where he gives her a mini lecture about trusting the system and she finishes with asking him if he knew that there was no extraction plan for Ward and Fitz, to which he replies, “that’s classified.” Translation: I had no idea.
In true cliffhanger fashion, during the last couple minutes of the show, we see Coulson trying to access a restricted file containing information about Skye’s parents, when he’s told he doesn’t have clearance. Looks like someone’s been busted down to Level 7 for insubordination !
Focusing more on character development and the inner workings of S.H.I.E.L.D than anything else, next week’s episode looks to be action packed, with tie ins to Thor: The Dark World.
Stay tuned for more thoughts on future episodes of Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D !