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WELCOME TO LEVEL 7 Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) mysteriously returns in order to form a special unit in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
And so, we officially meet Skye (Chloe Bennet), who has been tailing the man, publicly known as the Hooded Hero. She ambushes him at a diner like a paranoid but informed fangirl. (She's not a "groupie, stalker-type but gah that is so cool!")
Skye Not-a-groupie warns the Hooded Hero he's in danger from S.H.I.E.L.D.. Plus, he's approaching his abilities all wrong. She wants him to take the Iron Man approach to get in front of pursuits to cover up his powers. (Personally, I'm more for the Daredevil approach but that's Civil War territory, which cross my fingers will be eventually addressed in the MCU.) Still skeptical, the Hooded Hero, whose name we finally find out is Michael Peterson, gets up to leave. Skye offers her computer services, telling him, "With great power comes...a ton of weird crap that you are not prepared to deal with." (Non-Spider-man Spidey reference number two.)
Meanwhile, Coulson continues to build his team, visiting Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) in self-imposed desk job exile. For me, Wen will always be Mulan, the Disney animated character she voiced 15 years ago. (Wow, now I feel old.) But that means any scenes of her kicking ass and taking names are moments I want to see. Since Coulson ensures her job won't include any combat but rather to "drive the bus," I'm assured that it will actually be the opposite.
Speaking of the "bus," Coulson's mobile command unit is based on a suped up giant airplane that puts even the X-Jet to shame. Upon arrival at the Bus, Ward encounters Agent FitzSimmons, which is actually comprised of two people, Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). Fitz is engineering, Simmons is biochem, and they both have zero boundaries.
Fitz and Simmons often talk over one another and are rarely shown not together. Fitz is quite partial to his paralysis gun prototype, the Night Night gun (cute) but Simmons is skeptical. She quips, "I'm not Hermione. I can't create instant paralysis with that." She's right, her hair is too straight to be Hermione. FitzSimmons are amusing — and even better, British, which adds to their charm. However, despite their closeness, I have a hard time immediately shipping FitzSimmons. (I know I'm probably in the minority on this one. These recaps and comments are in a shipping safe zone where all ships between consenting adults are celebrated.) I know it's obvious and practically canon in just one episode, but I'm most interested in seeing how Fitz and Simmons act on their own in future episodes.
The Bus takes off to its first mission. The vessel seems like a fusion of the Serenity and Air Force One, which if such a depiction was part of the original TV pitch would alone have sold me on the show's concept.
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