Beware: Spoilers Ahead!
So, I watched Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. a while ago, and while I’m waiting for season 7 to premiere—which will be very soon—I decided to show my Grandma Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (AoS) and she liked it! So, as I rewatch it, I’ll be writing a full synopsis—maybe missing a few details since I’m on season 3 right now.
Now, season 1 has a plot complete with deception, action, and guy-turned-cyborg named Deathlok, but the plot is still very focused around introducing the main characters:
- Skye—just Skye, no last name—is a hacker working for the Rising Tide, a computer organization working to overthrow S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Phil Coulson is the heroic agent who died after being impaled by an alien weapon. But we see that he has returned! Phil Coulson is alive after having a mysterious recovery in Tahiti.
- FitzSimmons are technically two people—Leopold Fitz and Jemma Simmons. but have such a close relationship that they blend together. Also, they are both scientists. Fitz is engineering and Simmons is biochemistry.’
- Melinda May took on a desk job after a mysterious traumatic event a Bahrain, but Coulson has gotten her back in the field, convincing her that she will only be driving the “bus,” aka the S.H.I.E.L.D. plane. Yeah right!
- And Grant Ward is the muscle of the operation. He goes in, punches everyone, and then—usually—Skye does the computer stuff and FitzSimmons examine the corpses. They love to do that.
So, I won’t spend much time on the first episodes, or any episodes that have a very stand-alone plot. Let’s get to it!
Mike Peterson has superpowers. After a horrific back injury, Raina offers him a way to get back on his feet: the Extremis Serum, which gives him his powers. Raina is intruded in an episode where she trying to get the powers out of powered person Scorch, with the same serum. Coulson and the team are afraid the serum inside Mike will explode, leaving his young son an orphan. The “ice him”, which is a term fire using the “icer” gun which will only knock your opponent out instead of kill them, so they take Mike under S.H.I.E.L.D.’s watchful eye.
Coulson is getting the feeling that his recovery in Tahiti wasn’t as real as he thought, and at the same time, Coulson and the team is recruiting Skye the hacker, and dealing with Raina’s schemes. They bring in Mike Peterson again to deal with her, but when she takes his son Ace active, he sacrifices himself in an explosion to save him. Raina takes Coulson captive, and we realize that Mike Peterson is alive, but has lost a leg. In addition, there is a mysterious figure in the shadows—the Clairvoyant, who seems to be pulling all the strings.
So now two things are going at once—Skye sneaks into a villain base to find Mike—then gets shot after learning that Mike has an implant in his eye that lets the Clairvoyant watch him, send him orders, and kill him at any time. And, Raina has put Coulson in a memory machine, which makes him even more skeptical about Tahiti. So when he gets back they find the secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base where Coulson had his operation. We find that instead of Tahiti, he was in a dark musty lab. He gets the GH13 serum he needs to keep Skye alive—the same serum that is in him that brought him back from the dead. Then, he finds that the serum is really alien blood.
So Coulson has alien blood running through his veins.
Now a new guys and his partner have joined the team: John Garret and Antione Triplett. These two help to try to find The Clairvoyant.