I liked the episode more than I should have, since it’s nothing more than another case of the week. But Raina is a refreshing change of pace. Raina is something of a femme fatale, a sinister figure who’s as likely to play on a weak man’s insecurities as she is to fatally close the elevator door on a colleague. I’m looking forward to seeing her again.
The episode opens with a man in Hong Kong who is apparently a pyrokinetic. This gives us the feeling the the Marvel characters actually have a chance to exist on the small screen. The man is soon greeted by a mysterious women in a flower dress, which will kick off the story. As the agents soon have to locate this guy, more on Skye’s backstory is revealed.
The story overall managed to be engaging. We might still question why S.H.I.E.L.D. is sending out such a small team to highly dangerous situations but there are seeds being planted for possible future storylines and threats. Also, getting to the bottom of Skye’s story was a great move. For her to do so much being everyone’s back would just be insulting to the idea that they’re supposed to be Marvel’s top secret agents.
The show still isn’t everything I’d like it to be. But it is still improving and evolving. We get some more ties to certain elements from the movies and a way to further build on a way to include more characters and enemies in future episodes. The show benefits from the idea of super-powered or comic book-themed ideas and characters. As long as the series builds on this, we can get the show that we want. Let’s just hope the show focuses on the action. 7/10.