“Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 2 premiere definitely brought on the drama. Episode 1, titled “Shadows,” introduced plenty of new characters, but we’re not so sure they’re still alive. Plus, our favorite returning characters had some major twists. Check out what you missed below:
Episode 1 kicked off with a flashback to Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) breaking into a Hydra facility with the Strategic Scientific Reserve (S.H.I.E.L.D.’s predecessor). She took the piece of alien technology that Dr. Whitehall (Reed Diamond) had at Hydra’s facility and promised to “dedicate ourselves to making sure it never sees the light of day.” She closed a box labeled 084.
The premiere then cut to present day with S.H.I.E.L.D. trying to get that 084 box back. The government seized it, and a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent was selling information on its whereabouts. Agent Isabelle Hartley (Lucy Lawless) and her men were questioning the man, but Carl “Crusher” Creel (Brian Patrick Wade) killed Browning and destroyed the deal. Crusher got away, but they managed to get the file about the 084.
Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) went to Coulson (Clark Gregg) with the file. She chastised him for not checking in with her every few days, as they agreed. Coulson had been flying all over the country to meet with former agents and determine whom they can trust. Coulson asked her about Hartley’s mercenaries -- Idaho (Wilmer Calderon) and Hunter (Nick Blood). She didn’t love them, but they were good at their jobs. She finally showed Coulson the file they got from their meeting, and Coulson recognized Agent Carter’s box. It was the first 084.
Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) was working in the lab on analyzing the piece of metal that came off of Crusher, but his injuries from last season took a toll on him. Fitz couldn’t find the words to finish most of his sentences, and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) was mothering him a little too much. He said that he needed everyone to have patience and Simmons said he needed to be patient with himself.
When May came to check on Fitz’s analysis, the metal turned into flesh and blood. The blood matched Carl “Crusher” Creel, a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent recruited by Garrett, the man who helped Hydra infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D. Garrett was Ward’s (Brett Dalton) commanding officer, so Ward could have information. But he refused to talk to anyone but Skye (Chole Bennet).
Coulson sent Skye to go see Ward, and he made it clear that she didn’t have much of a choice. Skye tried to keep it professional, but Ward kept trying to get personal. He showed her his scars and told her that he’d been cutting himself. When they took sharp tools away, he started running into walls. Skye threatened to walk away, but Ward revealed some information: Creel was a boxer. Once Creel touched a substance he could absorb it and turn his body into that substance. Hydra also communicated over a specific frequency that no one else used, so they could track activity that way.
“It’s true and so will be every word I say to you for the rest of my life,” Ward promised. Skye didn’t really believe him.
“There’s so much I want to tell you about—” Ward said before Skye shut the barrier between them. “Your father,” he finished, but Skye couldn't hear him.
Coulson’s team tracked the frequency and found that Hydra still had plenty of supporters working for them. Hydra definitely had more allies than S.H.I.E.L.D.
They tracked Crusher and realized that he was going to attack Gen. Glenn Talbot (Adrian Pasdar), a man who wanted S.H.I.E.L.D. members in jail. When Coulson called him, he threatened him with a cell in Gitmo. However, May still helped him fight off Crusher two seconds later. Skye electrocuted Crusher, and they trapped Talbot in their car.
They strapped Talbot to his chair in their holding cell and tried to make a deal with him. However, Talbot refused to believe that S.H.I.E.L.D. could do any good. “We save lives including yours, whether you like it or not,” Coulson said.
The chair actually helped Koenig analyze Talbot’s body and get his fingerprints. Fitz watched from afar while he complained to Simmons about being replaced.
Coulson explained that Talbot’s men took Crusher to the one place where he actually wanted to be, in the same building as the 084. Talbot still refused to accept help from S.H.I.E.L.D. They sedated Talbot and put him back near the Pentagon. They hacked into his phone and figured out his access codes.
Hartley questioned putting all of their field agents into the U.S. Government’s way, but Coulson didn’t just want Crusher -- He wanted the 084 box.
Once they hacked their way into the building, Hartley found and opened the 084, but Crusher escaped his cell and attacked her. She picked up the piece of metal in the box, hoping that it was a weapon. It turned her hand black and caused her to scream in pain. Coulson ordered them to carry out the mission, but Isabelle’s mercenaries decided that her life was more important than the mission. Hartley demanded her men cut her hand off. She could feel the 084 killing her.
“I need you to cut it off or I won’t make it to the hospital,” Hartley said. “It’s no big deal. You’ve seen what they do in robotics these days.”
Coulson’s remaining team members didn’t have Crusher or the 084, but they stole a jet that can cloak itself and turn invisible. The team needs a plane for the rest of "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." Season 2. They knew that Fitz wouldn’t be able to fix the cloaking on their old plane.
Coulson admitted that Fitz was getting worse. He said that Simmons thought he would do better without her, but he got worse since she left. “He’s grown isolated, talking to himself more and more,” Coulson said. Simmons wasn’t there the entire episode. She was Fitz’s hallucination.
Hartley was still in harm’s way, despite her hand being amputated. Crusher tipped her car over, possibly killing Hartley, Idaho and Hunter. Hartley’s cut off hand with the 084 fell into the street and Crusher turned his body to rubber so he could pick it up. He brought it to Dr. Whitehall, who had been searching for the 084. The twist? He didn’t look a day older than when Peggy Carter first took the 084 from him in the 1940s.
“Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 2 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. Did you see the FitzSimmons plot twist coming? Can Fitz survive without Simmons? Sound off in the comments section below!