With all the madness that comes with being Agents of SHIELD, it’s good to have this kind of episode which still has some of that craziness yet still be down to Earth. When floating bodies turn up, Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D must hunt down an elusive killer, the only problem is how do you fight what you can’t see? You really come to like this episode because it has that connection to the events of New York, but still is its own story considering that we are seeing the consequences again as to why the world isn’t ready for such artifacts.
What we always see is how when out in the field, no one is safe. This goes especially for the team who has a balance in which not all of them are prepared either mentally or physically for what may be in store for them. With the focus shifting to everyone else, it’s good that we finally have it set on the team of Fitz and Simmons. The duo who you really come to like because of their chemistry. The one thing that they have consistently managed to emphasize is that they both did not really know what they signed up for, neither were they battle ready like the others to protect themselves. It was what made this episode solid by giving them that dependency on each other. Anyone can say it’s wrong for there to be only half the team battle ready, but that allows for more cooperation when they aren’t all trying to do the same task.
Going back to the events of New York was very good for this plot. The Chitauri find themselves at the center of the trouble and it’s no surprise what problems their items can cause considering that the wrong people can get a hold of them like in Marvels One-Shot “Item 47”. The one short film that Titus Welliver was in as Agent Blake and now guest starring here as well. There was really a sense of urgency from all sides here. From trying to find out the cause of this virus, to trying to save Simmons who was the only one who could save herself when time was ticking before she went boom. It was nice to see how she stepped up and was willing to throw herself off the plane to save everyone else. Fitz as well seeing him come to terms with what he has signed himself for and realizing Simmons’ worth to him.
Coulson on the other hand made some progress over his death. For a while now you’d wonder how long it would take for them to just come out and say he died and this was that time. Better that he himself was looking into this and was questioning his own changes after such an experience. Having May there to talk him through this made sense seeing as though her checkered past would have suggested that she is very used to this kind of situation. It’s a development on her end as well since you usually felt that she was cold and distant from the rest.
Overall very solid episode which gave some character to this team that viewers have craved. We see more of a bond between Fitz and Simmons, Coulson comes to terms with how different he feels after his death, then Ward shows more empathy and appreciation for his teammates. They became a team, and now we start to see them act as one. It’s not just about being agents, it’s about showing them as people too and how ordinary people handle these kind of situations. That much can be taken out of this episode and hopefully we see more of this to come.