After the season six premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the stage has been set for another grand adventure for these agents. S.H.I.E.L.D. has once more been established, they have their missions, and most of the villains have made their grand entrance. Now is the time for them to set the stakes for what’s to come with these new threats. Particularly when they are quite out of this world!
With the start of this second episode, they were quick to show us a rattled S.H.I.E.L.D after a mission gone south and a lost agent in the process. I was actually pretty shocked because I thought this was an agent they might make relevant. But it seems giving Agent Fox a name was just a way of making the impact stronger to remind us that one on is safe. Can’t argue with that. That said, it did fortunately give us the chance to get a bit more out of Agent Keller who definitely seems like he has a bigger role to play than most who might seem expendable. Maybe because he is the love interest of Yo-Yo, but that aside it was nice to see agents with layers. As for Mack and the rest of the team, the entrance of these guests into the world really gave us a good idea of where everyone is at when they are knocked out of their comfort zones.
Sarge and his team have been an interesting choice of plot and characters this season. Their mission is mysterious, their point of origin is mysterious, and so is the reason why their alignment could be so south having a leader who wears the face of Coulson. Now the only problem I could have had with this second episode was not seeing enough characterization or personality put into Sarge and his team. Bad is bad, but we also need to be able to get into their heads to know what we are dealing with. Their first real interaction with each other said more than enough about their hierarchy, stability, and the importance of their mission.
While their long-term mission is a mystery, this week’s set of objectives were fascinating for the lack of dots which you could connect to their needs. Their first step was making sure they each could arrive without getting stuck in something like their engineer. Now their second was robbing a jewelry store. It took some time to finally figure out what they were looking for, but the real excitement was seeing how formidable they could be when confronted by the one and only Agent May. If there was one thing we had to look forward to, it was her getting in on the action first to see if this really was someone who looked like Coulson. Even if you appreciate seeing everyone get their shot at a memorable action sequence, it did not hurt to remind us that May is still a badass. The odds she overcame and pieces she was able to put together on her own was thrilling.
I mean, as far as villain plots go? This is the first time in a long while where you have zero clue as to what the villains want. Even if the consensus is that they destroyed their planet and want to do the same to this one, none of that is certain.
The big thing for someone like me was figuring out the deal with Fitz and Enoch working towards survival in space. As I said last week, I have no arguments with S.H.I.E.L.D. pushing further into the cosmic corner of the MCU. They may still be looked at as primitive, but the only way to evolve is to create more openings for exploration and discovery. With that said, the big thing was getting the details in their actual situation after being thrown off course. The panic set in quickly when coming to the understanding that where he found himself it wasn’t good to be discovered as outsiders. Personally I enjoyed this version of Fitz that we got because he has clearly worked through a lot of things that held him back socially. More confident, straightforward, and quick on his feet when it comes to his response time with words.
Another character who does manage to grab your attention is Benson. This week he stood out a bit more because of the kind of character he has turned out to be. It’s not often enough that someone is welcomed aboard who is so critical about the way that S.H.I.E.L.D. conducts itself. And as much as you could love Fitz and Simmons, it is refreshing to have someone else who can break things down for us in the science department. He even had the added bonus of jumping in with an already open mind to the impossible. Probably the best reactions to it as well.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Window of Opportunity” carried through with the momentum that this first episode picked up with. Great character moments, action-packed, and able to keep us on our toes about comes next. Right now I’m definitely also in the camp of wondering where Deke could be. As a main character, and one so entertaining, one does have to wonder where his time comes.