Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
0-8-4

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Full Of Sound And Fury, Signifying Something You'll Never Hear The End Of
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We open with our friendly S.H.I.E.L.D. plane "616" getting clearance to head to "the Slingshot." In response to a question over the comm about his status, Coulson tells the woman that it's going to be blue skies from here on out -- whereupon an explosion blows a hole in the side of the plane, sending one man screaming to his death. That's a different meaning of "blue skies" than I was expecting, although I have to wonder if the use of that term might also be a sly wink to those dozen of us who watched Dollhouse. Inside the plane, Coulson desperately grabs hold of something and hangs on as the sucking wind threatens to send him to the same fate as the other man… and then we get the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. title card. Well!

Cut to "19 Hours Earlier," and since Skye is just finishing up off-loading a bunch of stuff from her van onto the plane, it's safe to say she's joining up. After a wistful look at it -- and a warning to the dude taking custody of the vehicle not to take any joyrides (and I know you're protective of it, lady, but this is hardly the Ferrari in Ferris Bueller's Day Off here) -- she carries her box of stuff onto the plane. Inside, Ward is dismissively telling Coulson that Skye isn't qualified to be a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Coulson easily replies that she's there in the capacity of a consultant, an arrangement S.H.I.E.L.D. uses all the time. "Technically Stark's a consultant." I'd wonder if the show is going to rely too heavily on references to characters who will never actually appear, but I've already seen the ending so that would be silly. Ward still inquires about the wisdom of inviting someone from the Rising Tide into their midst, and I do wonder if that's not something Coulson would have to clear with someone on, I guess, Level Eight or higher, but Coulson's like, with her hacking skills, imagine what she'll do with our resources! Ward: "I am. That's exactly what I'm imagining during this frown." Hee. He points out that Coulson brought him on for risk assessment and tells him Skye doesn't think like they do, to which Coulson's like, "Exactly." I know we're supposed to love Coulson, and I mostly do, but if Ward wanted to roll his eyes in frustration here I wouldn't exactly judge him for it.

Fitz and Simmons excitedly greet Skye, although Fitz's excitement might be a bit more hormonally based than his counterpart's. Back in the command room, May comes in on Ward's side as she acidly notes that they already have "two kids on this bus who aren't cleared for combat," and now Coulson wants to make it three? Ward adds that while Fitz/Simmons were at least trained by S.H.I.E.L.D., they can't say that about Skye, and reminds Coulson that this is supposed to be a select team meant to protect people. Coulson at least drops the dreamy smile as he snaps that while their objections are noted, the matter is closed, so Ward drops the subject and moves on to the 0-8-4, which, as we'll learn, is the S.H.I.E.L.D. designation for an object of unknown origin. Or, as Coulson says promo-style, "We don't know what that means."

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