When they first announced [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](series:722469) Agents of Shield fans everywhere were excited for it, including myself. However, we all remember the disappointment we got at the end of the first episode. This was supposed to be everyone's favorite show, but it didn't deliver like we were expecting it too. Maybe we hyped it a little too much but towards the end we all knew things started to improve when Agents of Shield tied in with [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973).
A quick recap from last season; Shield is disbanded, Agent Ward was Hydra, Hydra is more powerful, Simmons saves a drowning Fitz, and Agent Coulson is now Director Coulson.
That being said, lets get on with the review:
Right off the bat we're in Austria 1945, within a Hydra facility where we are introduced to the main antagonist of the season, Daniel Whitehall or better known in the comics as Kraken. A high ranking Hydra Officer who assures his men that even with the passing of the Red Skull, Hydra will live on. A soldier hands him the Obelisk, a powerful object with unknown origin. Then Agent Peggy Carter and the Howling Commandos raid the facility and take all remaining Hydra agents prisoner as well as taking all their artifacts including the Obelisk. They place the Obelisk in a container and label it 084.
At that moment, I was hooked on the episode.
In Agents of Shield an 0-8-4 is an object of unknown origin usually deadly. The Obelisk is the first 0-8-4 and it will be interesting to see what it can do. Now from here I would like to give you a run down of all the characters in the episode, new and old.
The Original Crew
Director Phil Coulson:
Things have changed a bit from him. For instance he's the Director of Shield and Shield, in the eyes of the public, are the same as Hydra. Fellow Shield Agents don't get to see him as much, as he is very busy, traveling the world recruiting new agents to join him. Things aren't easy for him and he needs to make tough calls, even if it endangers the lives of his fellow agents. I preferred Agent Coulson more because we get to see him more in action than we do as Director. But Director Coulson isn't bad, so we'll see how he is as the season progresses.
Skye (or Agent Skye):
This character has changed significantly the most and for the better. She is now full fledge agent and she kicks-ass. She's hard, cold, seems a little bit distant. I see this character becoming very much like May. Speaking of which...
I really like this character but to be completely honest, nothing has changed about her from the first season. She's still the same old May we grew to love.
Agent Antoine Triplett:
Like i said about May, Triplett hasn't really changed. It seems however that him and Skye might have a thing but I'm not sure. I wished we could get more development on him, as well as learn about his grandfather who was a Howling Commando.
Ex-Agent Grant Ward:
After his betrayal, Shield has him in custody and he looks very rugged. He has a beard and scars on his arms because he tried to commit suicide in the beginning of his imprisonment. They use him only for intel on Hydra to ask for knowledge on who a certain person is. He says he changed and all he wants to do is now help, but you can never be too sure.
Last season, Fitz was unconscious after nearly drowning. He wakes up but isn't really himself. He could never finish any of his sentences as he forgets easily and he's working on a cloaking device but can't get to work because he is brain damaged. He is angry and impatient and Simmons is trying to help him and calm him down like the good friend she is. Only problem is Simmons isn't really their. Simmons left the team months ago thinking it would be better for Fitz, but all it did was make things worse and his mind is making him believe he is seeing and speaking with Simmons but he really isn't. When i watched that scene I was crushed. You really feel sympathy for the character and that's exactly what we need more of in the show. Sympathy for the characters.
The New Guys
Agent Lance Hunter:
There isn't really much to say about him other than that he's a douche. He's funny... sort of. I mean he's a mercenary, so all he really cares about is money. He doesn't even want to be an agent. Hopefully there's some more character development with this guys
So this guy was useless. He had very few lines, he was uninteresting, and he was only used to be a chauffeur. So we won't have to worry about character development from this guy because towards the end of the episode he crashes the car with Lance Hunter and Isabelle Hartley and dies. He only had one job...
Agent Isabelle Hartley:
Now you can't go wrong with Lucy Lawless, she's a great actress. Her character was a little bit underdeveloped but I still enjoyed watching her. I mean Xena is a bad-ass. Also, in the last fight scene, she finds the box labeled, 084 and opens it which reveals the Obelisk from the first scene. Then, Carl 'Crusher' Creel (I'll get to him soon) comes and tries to kill Hartley and take the obelisk, but things go awry when Hartley takes the Obelisk only for her to turn her hand blue and make it feel like its burning her. She can't let go so she and Hunter leave. They're both in the car with Idaho when Hartley tells Hunter to cut her arm off. Hunter, hesitant at first does it. But Idaho crashes into Carl 'Crusher' Creel where Idaho and Hartley die. NOOOOO!!! But it's Marvel and if we know anything, she'll be back, trust me.
Carl 'Crusher' Creel a.k.a. The Absorbing Man:
This guy had very little lines but when he was on screen, he was awesome. This is what Agents of Shield needed. Villains. When they have a villain from the comics, their episodes tend to be very good and this was no exception. Absorbing Man was a great villain to start the season. He is almost invulnerable, the effects were very well done for tv as it seemed very real. Just a great villain who I hope to see more of.
Not a lot of things are known about it him we got more questions than answers. Like for starters, how hasn't he aged for 70 years? But I have a feeling this is going to be a fun, menacing villain to watch on screen.
Now there are still stuff that bug me a bit that i hope they answer soon, like: What is the Obelisk and what exactly does it do? (Probably alien) Who were Skye's parents and why was she considered an 084? And last question...
What exactly are those signs? My guess, is that it's an alien language or some form of communication, but we don't know for sure yet.
All in all, it was a really good episode, it needs some improvements but the Series seems to be heading in the right track. I give it an 8/10. Definitely going to watch the rest of the season.