'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D' Recap: '0-8-4'

Agents of Shield

This week on ABC’s super drama the agents investigated an unknown object, known in the biz as a 0-8-4. Before we can find out about the big mystery item this week the side of their flying plane, called “The Bus”, has a giant hole blown in it. How much will the toy version of “The Bus” cost? We are then brought back eighteen hours to see just how our sarcastic agents got into this mess.

In turns out that the mystery artifact was found buried underneath a temple in Peru. Agent Coulson tickles fan boys when he brings up the last time they had an 0-8-4 to investigate. It was a hammer. (Thor reference!) So this new 0-8-4 has to be something important. The team arrives to find a object of “German” engineering buried in the side of a wall. They are trying to be swift because the area is swarming with Peruvian rebels.

Of course if there are rebels there has to be an ambush, and there is, but not until we meet a gorgeous Peruvian Commandant who has a vague sexual history with Agent Coulson. Right after she arrives on scene the rebels attack, and lots of shooting starts. The tone of this show reminds me of the “G.I. Joe” cartoon. Every episode has thousands of bullets spent, but no one ever gets shot. It is the one drawback to the PG 8pm time slot of the show. I’m not saying they need “Breaking Bad” executions, but how many weeks until this saps the tension from the show.

In the middle of the firefight Agent Ward advances with a bronze staff, and upon seeing him Coulson gives orders for everyone to hit the ground. Ward jams the staff into the ground and a wave of energy circles the area knocking down anyone it catches. Now having the upper hand the team of Agents and Peruvian soldiers race to “The Bus” and make it just in time. Only when the plane takes off does the real plan of the sexy Peruvian Commandant become clear.

Turns out the 0-8-4 is a laser weapon that was designed by Hydra (the evil organization led by the Red Skull, the arch villain of Captain America) and the Commandant wants the weapon to rule Peru or something. Her team takes the Agents hostage, and has some sort of plan to neutralize the entire S.H.I.E.L.D defense systems. The entire scenario is great excuse for the team to finally work together to defeat a common enemy.

Eventually the team activates the laser, and blows a hole in the side of the plane. The Peruvians lose controls of the situation because they aren’t the stars of the show. The S.H.I.E.L.D team has finally gelled, but at the end of the episode we get a hint that Skye, the hacker, might have ulterior motives by working with S.H.I.E.L.D. The biggest surprise of the show happened in the last two minutes of the episode.

There were rumors all day that a major cameo would occur in the show, and I thought we might see Captain America due to the 0-8-4 being Hydra related. In the end it was just Agent Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, who popped in to yell at Agent Coulson about blowing a hole in his plane. It was a great scene. S.H.I.E.L.D as a show has so many rabbits it can pull out of its pocket. The eventual season finale of this show is guaranteed to be epic.

Anyone else want to look into joining the Peruvian Army if we can work under that Commandant?

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