We always suspected that there would be more to S.H.I.E.L.D. than witty banter, action sequences, and cool gadgets. Not that we don’t love those things, especially when done by Joss Whedon, but we need more for a TV show to really stick with us. With this week’s episode “Eye Spy” we started to get into the heart of the show.
The episode starts with an awesomely creepy opening sequence. Identically-dressed men in red masks carry heavy duty briefcases through Stockholm. On a subway car they’re brought down with some serious moves by a woman with her eyes closed. This chick is so bad ass, she can bring down a subway car full of weirdos with her eyes closed. With bodies laying all around her, she cracks open a briefcase to reveal a bunch of shining diamonds.
When the agents examine the scene later, she discover this must be an inside job. The perpetrator knew which of the identical briefcases to open to get the diamonds. This, along with a few smaller clues, lead the team to suspect a former agent that Coulson once trained, Akela Amador. In the process of tracking her down, the gang is undertaking a stake-out in a van. Finally! Skye asks the question we’ve all been wondering about steak-outs: how do they go to the bathroom??? The response she gets from Ward? Is what every girl fears: a water bottle. She points out that “boy parts and girl parts are different”. It’s probably a good idea to remind geeks of that every once and a while.
In the van, Fitz and Simmons work their tech wizardry and get the gang into a video feed that will help them track down the rogue agent. But it turns out they’re watching themselves as the rogue agent slams into their van.
Eventually the gang track down Amador. Melinda May can’t let her keep trying to kill the group, but if Amador doesn’t kill them, her handlers will kill her. May and Amador have a tussle (girl fight!) and Amador is captured. Her handlers, who have a kill switch installed in her fake eye, don’t kill her as Fitz and Simmons find a way to mirror the signal to Amador’s handlers from a pair of glasses worn by Ward instead of Amador’s eye.
Agent Coulson has a heart-to-heart with Amador where we learn how she ended up in the predicament. We can’t help but feel for her. She’s been put into an impossible situation. Coulson feels responsible for her because of past field assignments they had together.
Meanwhile, Agent Ward continues to carry out the commands that are being sent to Amador. He is lead to a shady Russian warehouse. When he needs to get past a guard he receives the command “Seduce Him” much to his dismay. He is forced to ask Skye for help. When his attempt to “bromance” the guard fails, he has to settle for kicking the guy’s butt. He enters a small room with some scientists. He looks at a wall covered in mysterious writing. This completes the mission and the handlers stop sending directions. He leaves the room and finds out why he wasn’t supposed to kill the guard: the guard needs to enter a code or an alarm will go off. Ward just barely escapes the compound without being captured.
Fitz and Simmons perform delicate surgery to remove the camera eye/bomb from Amador. The team send the photo of the mysterious writing to headquarters. They suspect that it’s alien technology. Coulson tracks down Amador’s handler. When he confronts the man, his kill switch goes off and he dies. Even Amador’s handler has a handler. There is a more complex plot developing here.
That’s one of the things we love about this show: every week is just a little peek into the world of S.H.I.E.L.D. We have only just begun to scratch the surface.
This episode was the most well-rounded, but the final scene was probably the least interesting one so far. Fitz and Ward are playing pocker. When Fitz tries to discern Ward’s tell, they have a brief staring contest. Fitz has Skye on the side using the glasses. She tells him that if she uses the glasses she’ll be able to see Ward’s cards but also see Fitz naked. He wisely folds.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.