Great episode and it definitely shows that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is progressively getting better. We so far have gotten a good balance of characterization, superhero elements, and we see them working more as agents now that they have been established as a team.
What I like most about this episode is that something is going to affect future events, which in the first two episodes it felt more like the threat was dealt with and won’t really come back in the future. Dr. Hall is more than just an asset to comic fans, we know him as Graviton. Of course it is less than likely that he will come across this power, it’s great that Whedon has brought in a classic villain that was one of the Avengers first. Doesn’t start off as one either which allows new viewers to learn a bit more about his character and how he will possibly become what we are more familiar with. Quinn also was a great introduction as that flashy villain, one who has all the power and resources to be that much of a problem for S.H.I.E.L.D.. The teaser at the very end was more than welcome and hopefully something we can see more of when it comes to adding layers to the plot beyond what was already established.
The structure of these episodes are very entertaining. Having that build up of suspense to the very end. Though other shows have done it before, S.H.I.E.L.D. does it in a manner that adds to the reason for the plot, reminding us why they do what they do. What Dr. Hall did was exactly why they are so frantic about making sure that the wrong people don’t have access to things they aren’t prepared for. When you watch the show it is for just that.
There’s a lot more character development as well, mostly from Agent Ward. As the first episode pointed out, he has some family issues. This seems to be explained a bit more as he told Skye what his defining moment was, defending himself and his younger brother from the other. Skye as well shows that there really is a brain to the girl for the fact that she was able to trick her way all the way to the top before getting caught, being her first time out on the field. The tension between May and Coulson seems to be getting intense as well due to conflicts of interest. One which teases us with the fact that Coulson “died”, and it could easily take rubbing the wrong person bad, like May, to reveal to him that things aren’t as they seem.
Overall fans would never have expected that we would get an episode building up a Villains origin. You can see now that this show can pull some surprises. Many assumptions of the show being campy and what not can be put to rest. While there is still some humor, things are getting a lot more serious. Less references as well, which while necessary as this is connected to the comic book world, were never to be expected to be seen in that capacity.