“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD: Slingshot” digital series hit the internet today. A six-episode show, we’ve got you covered with miniature recaps!
Despite Agents of SHIELD being on reruns until January, they offer us a consolation prize: Slingshot, a digital miniseries on ABC’s website. Six episodes, five minutes a pop, it’s a quick and easy watch that fills in some of the blanks after the Sokovia Accords hit in Captain America: Civil War.
And we’ve got you covered with mini recaps! Check them out below as you watch along with us!
Episode I: Vendetta
The first episode does a lot of legwork to set up the rest of the episodes. It starts in present day, with Elena and Daisy reuniting, and Elena wanting them to get their stories straight about “that night.”MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Meet the New Boss” – Daisy goes to battle Ghost Rider at a terrible cost, and Coulson faces the new Director, and his bold agenda surprises them all, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Jennifer Clasen)
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Flash back to “several months ago” just after Coulson steps down and Mace comes into the Director picture. While Elena plans to sign the Sokovia Accords, she’s not a fan. And she certainly doesn’t trust the new Director yet.
We get a lot of fun cameos. Coulson’s box of goodies from his office includes a picture of Stan Lee, and a pin that once belonged to Peggy Carter, which he now bestows to Elena.
But really what she’s after is information on a criminal from her country, one who killed her cousin. One who has more power than she realized and has stolen something very blue.
Episode II: John Hancock
We pick up immediately where we left off, Elena still waiting on Mace. When he finally arrives, he asks for her John Hancock on the Sokovia Accords. “…I don’t know who that is,” she replies.
She gets straight to the point after signing: There’s a Columbian arms dealer headed their way. Great! Wonderful! Except she needs to file a claim that will be filed with the UN, and if they deem it an actual threat, Elena might be part of the solution.
Instead, she gets whisked away to finish her registration with FitzSimmons, but not before sneaking away with Mace’s security card.
Moral of the story: Don’t be like Daisy Quake. She’s a vigilante! And more importantly, if you sign the Accords and then go against them, you’ll get to do time on the Raft with Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Falcon…
Episode III: Progress
If you need to talk to someone about televisions, Fitz is your go-to man. As he and Simmons argue about a television in their bedroom, Elena runs a biometric scan for our Columbian arms dealer.
Fitz’s new watch for Elena measures her velocity as well, so they can tell when she’s using her powers. Not cool! But kudos for her making things awkward for FitzSimmons!Image via ABC
Our arms dealer is in Baltimore, but before she can leave, Mack intervenes just to say goodbye before he leaves for his Daisy hunt. He also says he’ll be her case officer, meaning they’ll get to see each other more often!
Naturally, the episode ends with May telling Elena the Director’s credentials have gone missing. Who else could take them without getting noticed?
Highlight of the Episode: Fitz’s pained grin when Simmons mentions a breakfast nook in a potential apartment off-base.(ABC/Jennifer Clasen)
Episode IV: Reunion
Things get heated between Elena and May, as May points out only three people had access to Director Mace today. And two of those people don’t have the guts to try to take the man’s security card.
That and she did a facial recognition search on a public computer in the lab. Not super spy material. Except for the fact that May puts her on the Quinjet to Baltimore like the badass she is.
She finds her target, Columbian arms dealer Ramon, and it doesn’t go well, despite getting to pistol-whip him. She gets conked out herself.
Moral of the Story: Even if you have superpowers, sometimes you need to cover your tracks. It won’t always be Agent May to cover them for you.
Episode V: Deal Breaker
Of course the Watch Dogs are involved. Of course. Ramon plans to demonstrate his blue weapon on Elena, but Daisy shows up to rain on his parade.
Daisy covers so Elena can exact her revenge. My bad, it’s actually justice. There isn’t much that happens in this episode, as most of its three minutes are action sequences.
Badass Moment of the Series: Definitely the Daisy/Elena team-up fight against the Watch Dogs and Ramon.
Episode VI: Justicia
We all knew Elena was too good to just straight-up kill Ramon, even if she felt it to be the just thing to do. As it turns out, a Watch Dog uses the blue weapon to try to kill Elena, not realizing her superpower is super speed so she moves out of the way, steals the weapon from him, and it obliterates Ramon in the process.
SHIELD shows up and our Inhuman friends flee, though it’s a nice touch for Elena to tip off Daisy about them tracking her powers.Image via ABC
In present day, Daisy erases that data entry for Baltimore from Elena’s watch, and they have a nice bonding moment that kind of emphasizes how much they actually relied on each other while Daisy was on the run.
And in a thoughtful gesture, Elena presents Peggy Carter’s pin to Daisy. They’re part of a team again.
General Thoughts And Feelings
This is a cool premise for Agents of SHIELD to do. It builds off characters we already know and gives the ones less utilized a little more action.
Honestly, I would have loved if this was just a standalone episode of Agents of SHIELD, too. While the ongoing storylines and plot threads are fun, an episode that can stand on its own is always a nice breath of fresh air. Like Simmons’ “4,722 Hours” episode showcasing her time on the alien planet.
It will be fun to see if any of this carries over into the rest of the show when it returns, even if it’s just a wink and a nod between Daisy and Elena.
Agents of SHIELD returns to Tuesday evenings with new episodes on January 10th.