Coulson‘s (Clark Gregg) newly formed team starts out on their first mission, to investigate a mysterious happening in an Incan temple in Peru that as yet no one can identify or classify, with dissension in the ranks as both Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) and Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) show concern with Skye‘s (Chloe Bennet) inclusion on the team as a consultant.
The discovery of a functioning artifact buried in the wall of a temple is complicated by the arrival of rebels and the Peruvian military police force, led by Coulson’s old friend Comandante Camilla Reyes (Leonor Varela), each of whom have their own plans for the weapon that Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) believes was created using Tesseract technology and is emitting trace levels of Gamma radiation. When Coulson’s old friends take over the team’s plane and hold new friends hostage the dysfunctional team has to work quickly to put aside their differences at stop the HYDRA weapon from falling into the wrong hands.
Although the team does blow a sizable hole in their plane, they are able to come together and save the day. Although somewhat corny, the second episode does what is needed to begin to forge the individuals into a team. The epilogue also shows us that May and Ward were right to question Skye’s motivations, gives us a cameo from an irate Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) over the state of his plane, and shows audiences what S.H.I.E.L.D. does with alien technology deemed too dangerous for anyone on the planet to ever control.