Welcome to the second episode of Agents of SHIELD, where the show really needs to get its butt out of the fire on character development and interaction. The creators of the show themselves have admitted (in a quote that I can’t find at the moment): the second episode of the series is more frightening to make than the first. You’ve already laid out your pieces, now you have to show everyone the game. The SHIELD pilot laid out its pieces, and established its themes (perhaps themes are the board in this metaphor?), but as I mentioned in my last recap, as it stands its characters are mostly flat. The couple of laudable gender swapped tropes should not go without mention, but still, so far all we’ve gotten are tropes, with hints that there’s more to the eye. How is Coulson still alive? What’s Melinda May’s dark secret? How does Skye afford those clothes and that tech when she lives out of a van?
(Personally, I think when she said she lives out of a van by choice, she really meant it, and we’ll eventually get some explanation there, these show runners are simply too smart to assume otherwise.)
Last episode, Agents of SHIELD has showed us all of its toys. Now it’s time for the show to play with them, and well, or risk being the most boring thing of all: a weekly one hour commercial for Marvel Entertainment movies. Now, having written all this before the episode started, lets see what happens.