Turns out ABC, Disney and Marvel were very serious about making a show that not only extended the existing Marvel canon but doubled as what looks to be one of the best shows on television. We got to see the second episode of Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which built upon the first episode and continued to deliver the action goods.
There were also rumors of a Samuel L. Jackson cameo on the episode, which is something we got. Nick Fury made his first appearance on the show which leaves the door open to more superhero cameos throughout the series.
So what happened on tonight’s episode of Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and what did we learn? Here are the best moments of the night that you need to know about:
5. Finding an Ancient Temple is a Good way To Get Jumped
Right out of the gate we were thrown right into the thick of the action as our team of agents discover an ancient temple to recover an important artifact. But as happens when you go deep into the jungle to old temples, the team was jumped. But while Agent Coulson knew the first gang that jumped them, the rebels that started blowing stuff up afterwords caused a bit more of a problem. While they weren’t specifically hunting the superhero agency, it proved that not only rival agencies are going to cause S.H.I.E.L.D. problems. We also learned that Agent Coulson has mad connections that not only extend beyond superheroes but extends to conveniently attractive soldiers.
4. The S.H.I.E.L.D. Team Can’t Seem to Get Along
All good relationships begin with hiccups and the S.H.I.E.L.D. team we’re coming around to loving and caring for are experiencing some growing pains. You have all the quintessential pieces for a classic A-Team, as the tech people know their tech, the badasses know who to lead and the skills of everyone on the team can be pooled together to form a machine of wit, brains and brawn. But naturally, their egos and personalities are getting in the way as Skye and Ward are clashing while Fitz and Simmons are being pushed aside and aren’t ready to be secondary players. They’ll come together — hopefully — but for now, the growing pains are apparent.
3. Skye and Ward Are Starting to Romantically Warm Up to One Another
We kind of al saw this one coming when Skye and Ward first met in the interrogation room but the foundation for a romance is being laid as the two characters are slowing lowering their guards and warming up to one another. They’re the perfect screen romance as they seem to be opposites yet they have so much in common. It’s also clear they’re both leaders on the new team which will cause plenty of friction between the two. We will have to see where it goes but so far, this looks like a long running subplot in the making.
2. Agent Coulson Is A Step Ahead But Still Gets Double Crossed
Since we first met him in the movies, it’s always seemed that Agent Coulson has been a step ahead of everyone and always the smartest guy in the room. But while he was the first one to figure out the team had been double crossed by one of his supposed allies, he figured it out far too late. Still, Coulson was cool under pressure despite getting beaten and nearly shot in the head while being used for information. The best thing about being the smartest guy in the room is even when you’re taken captive you know a way out. Coulson’s way out was his team that came together to save him. It wasn’t a Houdini-like escape rather a purely brilliant “Coulson” move that looks like it’ll be paying off more than once.
1. Skye Is Planning on Working Against S.H.I.E.L.D. with The Rising Tide
When we met Skye in the premiere episode, she was part of a resistance movement called The Rising Tide who are basically hellbent on be rivals with S.H.I.E.L.D. and being an underground haven for superheroes. But as she’s learning with S.H.I.E.L.D., it takes delicacy and the right background to handle supers as they can be unstable and dangerous. Still, even after falling in with the team of Ward, Fitz, Simmons and Coulson, Skye is part of The Rising Tide and when asked if she was still working with them, she told her colleagues in The Rising Tide that she was still in and completely with them. What this means for her future with S.H.I.E.L.D. is unknown, but right now it looks like Coulson isn’t done being double-crossed by agents he thought were allies.