Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 - Episode 2 "0-8-4" Review

channel: ABC

creators: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen

starring: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge

genre: Action | Comics | Spy

first aired: October 1, 2013

based on the Marvel Movie Universe

Sadly my problems with this show have come too early. As it's already committing the cardinal sins of all procedural action shows and continues to have many elements that are far too cheesy to have on TV for the year 2013. I know this show is about a team of spies in a superhero world, but this show was meant for adults and its shown at night. Not on a Saturday morning after the Disney Club. I don't think Marvel has understood just yet what kind of show they wanted to make, to which market they were targeting at and to what end the show will end up to.


Set in the Marvel Movie Universe. The biggest superheroes may not being saving the planet on a daily basis. S.H.I.E.L.D. though is there to handle the less cataclysmic threats. Assembled is a new team within S.H.I.E.L.D. and led by Agent Coulson. Ready to move on new possible heroes or villains that may pop up. While at the same time hunting for the bad guys that have diabolical plans that they will want to set into motion.

episode synopsis:

Agent Coulson's team are on a mission in Peru and on the hunt for an unknown object or force. Still with a team that lacks cohesion, chemistry and trust between each other. We shall see if they will make out alive..


The cardinal sin this show has already broken and which other entertaining shows such as "Alias" have succumbed to as well. Is having a big action sequence, drama scene or eventual death scene and then going to the line "17 Hours Earlier". It's been done to death on TV and no one likes it. It is the oldest and cheapest trick in the book. It doesn't create tension. Instead it has the adverse affect of creating anger. Because the screenwriter couldn't start the episode the normal way and thought lets be cheapskates and not think of something more original. As if the situation won't be solved once we get to the "Zero Hour".

Moreover we still have the sucky music, boring and cliched tech geek agents that spew tech blabber in a English accent is not only annoying, but also far too distracting. The saving grace for the show for now is the action that is decent enough, not very violent, kind of cheap, but still smart and varied in style at times. Furthermore the character interactions and relationships are growing and that is a plus and the surprise of the episode which will not be spoiled isn't that bad at all.

Truth be told the second episode isn't a major step up from the last and still is pretty much at the same level of predictability in storytelling and action. It's good enough maybe for tweens and children that are dipping their toes into the Marvel Universe and also for passive viewers that want something easy to multitask with and to enter in and out of a episode whenever they want.


We need for the time being to cut Marvel some slack as it is their first TV show endeavor and a show like "Arrow" only came after many failures and cheesy attempts of superhero TV action. Nonetheless its still no excuse for Marvel not to aim higher. Because right now the show is pretty much deadset at satisfying the everyman viewer and not Marvel's bread and butter audience, it's fanbase. Reminder this show is meant for casual viewing only, otherwise you will feel very disappointed by it.

Personal Rating: 

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review by Paul Katsaros

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