Finally, we're getting some Marvel-style action (or are we?). When vehicles are attacked by an invisible force, it looks like we could have some non-realistic forces at work. Chances are, there'll be a more logical explanation.
The episode veers into more espionage areas when a S.H.I.E.L.D. operation is hijacked. We're getting to see more of the Cinematic Universe and some of the problems a top secret government agency has to deal with. With the possibility of traitors or inside agents, the suspense is increased a bit.
We've been seeing the tension build between Ward and Skye. He's stated his concerns over her lack of training and, carrying over from last episode, he's working to train her. Through this, we get to find out a little more about his past. It's good to flesh out the characters but this it makes you groan a little.
Of course there are some gripes. Agent Ward's hair is always perfectly styled. At least Skye's hair looked mussed up when she was in her training session with him. Things get a little too stylish when the team walks down the road to the scene of an incident. It comes across as a little cheesy. When FitzSimmons are talking all their technical speak, it's Skye's turn to try to get them to dumb it down. Last week we had to hear Ward say, "English please." This week Skye has to say,"High school dropout here," in order to get them to explain things in basic terminology.
The main problem is the show continues to try to keep things as grounded as possible. Even though we'll have moments like Coulson making a reference to the Avengers (there has to be at least one mention of the team or "Battle of New York."), we don't see anything that truly aligns to their world. We've seen characters with powers like Thor and Hulk but all the problems in this show seem to be based on some sort of advanced technology. There is one incident that gives us small hope to this possibly changing in a future episode.
A great thing is we are introduced to a a new threat (played by David Conrad). He's almost worthy of the being a Tony Stark nemesis. Hopefully we'll see more of him. What might be the coolest thing is the fact that they snuck in an actual Marvel character, sort of, with Dr. Franklin Hall.
This episode shows us once again that there is some promise. It's a little difficult to like some of the characters. As we find out more about Ward and Skye, we're supposed to feel sympathetic towards them because of their pasts. There's still a ways to go before I'll completely come around to fully liking them. There's also the overuse of jokes and humor. But at least we have a TV show based in the Marvel Universe.