|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode|
|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||David Straiton|
|Written by||Maurissa Tancharoen
|Original air date||October 1, 2013|
"0-8-4" is the second episode of the American television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It originally aired on ABC on October 1, 2013. The episode was written by Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, and Jeffrey Bell, and directed by David Straiton.
Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the series follows Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team of agents of the fictional Marvel Comics intelligence agency S.H.I.E.L.D.. In "0-8-4", the team travels to Peru to investigate an object of unknown origin they later identify as a weapon made by terrorist organization HYDRA. The team encounters Peruvian soldiers, led by a former colleague of Coulson, seeking to turn the object over to their government. The episode guest stars Leonor Varela and Samuel L. Jackson as S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury.
According to Nielsen Media Research, "0-8-4" was watched by 8.66 million viewers in its original airing.
Skye accepts Coulson's offer to join his team and brings her belongings aboard his plane. Agent Ward insists that she is not qualified to be a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and Agent May argues that Skye is not cleared for combat, but Coulson counters that Skye will serve as a consultant specifically because she doesn't think like an agent. Once on board, Coulson tells Skye that the team is headed to Peru to investigate a reported "0-8-4," which is a S.H.I.E.L.D. designation for "an object of unknown origin"; Coulson also explains to Skye that the last 0-8-4 landed in New Mexico; when Skye asks what was it, Coulson says "a hammer".
Once in Peru, the team heads to an Incan archaeological site in Llactapata, where Coulson, Simmons, and Fitz discover a massive Incan temple. Skye offers to warn nearby residents, but Coulson instructs her not to publicize the discovery in order to keep the investigation "quiet and contained". Coulson then meets with the head archaeologist (Carlos Leal), who shows him an "impossible" object that was discovered among pre-Incan artifacts. Coulson orders the archaeologist to evacuate his team while Simmons determines that the artifact is more than 1500 years old, though Fitz suggests that the craftsmanship appears German. Outside, Ward joins May in patrolling the temple, and the two quickly spot and disarm a group of soldiers before a platoon surrounds them. Coulson joins May and Ward outside and identifies himself to the soldiers. Their commander, Camilla Reyes (Leonor Varela), who used to work with Coulson, orders her men to stand down. Reyes is there to obtain the object, but Coulson reminds her that "an 0-8-4 supersedes all national claims". Coulson and Reyes discuss the possibility of turning the artifact over to the Peruvian government moments before the camp is attacked by local rebels.
In the temple, Fitz determines that the artifact is "alive" with a functioning power source and shifting temporal matches, while Simmons discovers radionuclides that "don't match any known isotope". Ward arrives to inform them that the National Police are outside, and urges them to complete their jobs. Hearing the attack outside, the agents quickly pack up their equipment, while Ward pries the artifacts out of the wall and stows it in a duffel bag before the team evacuates. Coulson and Reyes are seen navigating through the firefight when Ward, Skye, Simmons, and Fitz get to the temple entrance. Ward detonates a specialized grenade that emits a massive energy shock wave, blasting most of the rebels off their feet. Coulson and Reyes then make for Reyes's truck as May arrives to extricate Ward, Skye, Simmons, and Fitz. The two vehicles are pursued by rebels, but manage to board the plane and escape.
Aboard the plane, Fitz explains that the 0-8-4 is fueled by Tesseract technology, making it worse than a nuclear weapon. While examining the 0-8-4, Simmons and Fitz discover that it contains an incomprehensibly powerful laser. Skye approaches Ward in a lounge with drinks, hoping to improve their relationship. While talking, Ward notices two of Reyes's soldiers acting suspiciously just before they attack. He fights the soldiers, but they are able to get to the cockpit and take out May. Meanwhile, Coulson shows Reyes a collection of vintage devices in his office, and the two reminisce about their time working together in Cusco. Reyes attempts to seduce Coulson, and Coulson comments on Reyes's uncharacteristic directness. He quickly surmises that she intends to take control of the plane to take possession of the object. He is proven correct as Reyes's team captures everyone. She explains that the device was designed by HYDRA scientists who escaped the defeat of Germany in World War II and were subsequently hired by the government of Peru.
All of the agents and Skye are put in the cargo hold, while Reyes keeps watch over Coulson. The agents determine that the only way to get free is to destabilize the cabin's pressure by activating the object to blow a hole in the side of the plane. They all use their talents and are able to rescue Coulson, while preventing Reyes from acquiring the object. Back on the ground, Coulson congratulates the team for working together, despite destroying the plane. Skye receives a text message from another member of the Rising Tide and confirms her allegiance to them.
Later, Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) scolds Coulson for the damage to the plane, telling him he has to rebuild it exactly as it was. He also reminds him about the risk Skye poses. As he leaves, Coulson calls Fitz and Simmons, telling them to cancel the plans they had to outfit the plane with upgraded amenities, including a fish tank.
"0-8-4" was first aired in the United States on ABC on October 1, 2013. It received a 3.3/10 percent share among adults between the ages of 18 and 49, meaning that it was seen by 3.3 percent of all households, and 10 percent of all of those watching television at the time of the broadcast. It was watched by 8.66 million viewers. The Canadian broadcast on the same day gained 2.7 million viewers, the highest for that day and the third highest for the week. The United Kingdom premiere on October 4, 2013 had 3.7 million viewers and in Australia, the October 2, 2013 premiere was had 2.8 million viewers, including 1.3 million timeshifted viewers.
MTV.com gave a positive review, saying "If tonight's installment is any indication, the cast will soon be able to support their own weight, make Coulson proud, and audiences sit up and pay attention."
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