Spoiler-Free Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S2E2 – Heavy is the Head

heavy is the head

The first paragraph contains spoilers for the first episode of the season. Proceed with caution!

Previously on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a mysterious obelisk that was the first ever 0-8-4 caused a lot of problems (and death), Ward was a big ol’ creep, and it was revealed that Fitz is hallucinating Simmons because of the injuries he sustained in the first season finale. Also, Disco Ball Man (actually Absorbing Man, but the first time we saw him, he looked like a Disco Ball, sooooo) is on the loose and the leader of Hydra, Reinhardt, is alive and looks exactly like he did in 1945. It was a hell of an opener.

“Heavy is the Head” picks up right where last week left off and begins with a pretty sweet motorcycle chase. We confirm that Agent Hunter is the only surviving Agent of the three who were introduced last week, and he accepts two million dollars for the capture (or kill?) of Coulson. A lot of the episode is focused on whose loyalty lies where. Also, Skye and Trip successfully steal a Quinjet for the cloaking technology.

Honestly, I’m questioning why they’re even bothering to keep Fitz around. He’s basically useless as a researcher anymore, everyone knows he’s talking to someone who isn’t there, and he’s an all-around liability. Isn’t there some kind of rehab program they can enroll him in? It’s heartbreaking to watch his character go through this, and Iain De Caestecker is doing wonderful things in the role, but from S.H.I.E.L.D.’S perspective, it doesn’t make sense to keep him on the team. It does remind me of the Gaius/Six dynamic a bit. I also really like the dynamic that’s starting between Fitz and Mac – they were pretty funny together, and I thought it was nice that Mac reached out to him in a way we haven’t really seen anyone else do. The show’s new dark tone continues, although there are a few jokes scattered around. I especially love Coulson’s continual sass.

Watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tuesdays at 9pm EST on ABC.

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