‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ Recap: Trust the System


Mission Briefing:
This week’s malady involves a separatist group from South Ossetia that has built a weapon called “The Overkill Device,” which can trigger missiles and nuclear weapons from a great distance. The device will seriously complicate any outright assault that S.H.I.E.L.D. makes on them. A two-man team is needed to move in and disable the device covertly. Too bad the agents chosen don’t know it’s a suicide mission.

The Agents:
The unlikely pair of Fitz and Agent Ward need to get over their differences in order infiltrate the separatist base and stop the attack. 

Mission Fallout:
Fitz and Ward are able to stop “The Overkill Device” but not before getting in some quality male bonding in a Russian drainpipe. It’s nice to see the show pair together characters in ways we haven’t seen yet. Fitz is quickly turning into the show’s most dynamic character. Meanwhile, Skye and Simmons seek out more information on Fitz and Ward’s mission but realize that S.H.I.E.L.D didn’t provide any extraction plans for the two agents. Good thing Coulson calls in the cavalry for a quick extraction without S.H.I.E.L.D.’s say-so. We also learn more about Skye’s past via the redacted S.H.I.E.L.D. file. Coulson still knows some intel that he isn’t ready to give to Skye just yet. Plus, Coulson starts to pry into his mysterious resurrection, but finds that there’s some information that not even he has access to.

Mission Highlights:
-It’s great to see the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization expanded with the introduction of The Hub. Sometimes it can feel like the whole of S.H.I.E.L.D. is only made up of Coulson and his crew on the jet. Hopefully the new characters and the organization at large gets featured more in upcoming episodes.
-Simmons failing at flirting and then shooting a superior officer with the night-night gun is fun, but are there ever any consequences for breaking the rules at S.H.I.E.L.D.? Shooting a higher-up with a tranquillizer should at least involve a meeting with HR.
-It’s nice to see Skye reacting wearily to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Draconian protocols while everyone else readily excepts them. Her perspective gives the show and the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization some much needed grey areas.