Camilla Reyes: Oh, Phil. You’re not even aware. Your renewed idealism, your collectibles, your airborne man cave, surrounding yourself with young, attractive agents—you’re having a mid-life crisis.
Coulson: More of an afterlife thing, really.
Camilla Reyes: And I’m not even going to mention the red Corvette.
Coulson: Her name is Lola.
Camilla Reyes: Of course it is.

How did the team fare in their second week together?

Title: “0-8-4”

Cast and Crew

Directed by David Strailton
Written by Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Jeffrey Bell

Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson
Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May
Brett Dalton as Grant Ward
Chloe Bennet as Skye
Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz
Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons
Leonor Varela as Camilla Reyes
Carlos Leal as Archaeologist
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury

Full cast and crew information may be found here.

Premise

The team head to Peru where S.H.I.E.L.D. has detected a mysterious, powerful object.

High Points

While the show telegraphs developments in obvious ways, we do see the team actually start to develop team skills in the face of serious problems. Likewise, however comic-panel the look on Skye’s face at the end, she actually faces a difficult dilemma.

Low Points

I recognize limitations of the format, and the show has always acknowledged the shadow of The Avengers. However, it seems downright odd that Coulson would take such an incoherent group on so critical a mission without additional backup. It made sense in The Avengers because of the characters’ unique abilities and the gravity of the situation—and even they had S.H.I.E.L.D. hovering in the background.

The Scores:

Originality: 2/6 A mismatched group of agents head out on a difficult mission where they bond while facing a common enemy. One character turns out to be someone’s lost love, who uses her past connection to forward a hostile agenda.

Effects: 6/6 Again, this isn’t a Marvel blockbuster movie; it’s a Marvel TV show. It features excellent effects, even if they don’t match those showcased on the big screen.

Story: 4/6 The story-telling remains straightforward, with a fairly predictable twist. We did get to see the team forming, as we did in The Avengers.

I’m hoping they can make the mysteries surrounding both Skye and May pay off, because they’re critical to making this show work.

Acting: 5/6

Emotional Response: 4/6 I enjoyed the cameo; I wonder how much they paid and whether or not we’ll see others.

Production: 6/6 “It felt like The Famous Five with a multi-million-dollar budget.”—my wife.

Overall: 4/6 Skye didn’t think “the show” would get so crazy this fast. I think it needs to get a little crazier. I’m enjoying it, but I’m hoping for something more, in the acting or the writing.

The theme certainly suits the genre, but does anyone else find Bear McCreary’s score just a tad too bombastic?

I kind of liked the lampshading of the show’s escapist elements, as Reyes explains how various elements comprise Coulson’s (already established as the stand-in for the typical older fan) midlife crisis fantasy.

In total, “0-8-4” receives 31/42