The crossovers to Agent Carter are starting to come thick and fast in this episode, with Hayley Atwell’s Second World War agent a key figure, as flashbacks reveal Daniel Whitehall’s story over the last 70 years. Dollhouse’s Dichen Lachman makes a guest appearance as a key character (whose identity I’m sure most people will work out quicker than I did!) setting up yet more personal confrontations down the line.
There’s a good caper element to the episode, with the rehabilitation of Fitz continuing to be an important subplot, and the sexual tension between Hunter and Bobbi Morse finally getting an outlet (after a door is firmly closed). Kyle MacLachlan and Clark Gregg work really well together, and hopefully we’ll see a series of confrontations between the doctor and Coulson throughout the back half of the season.
And of course, there’s the whole Ward family story. Viewers have been quite deliberately manipulated to first believe Ward then to accept his brother’s version of events, and now a third possibility raises its head – which, frankly, is the most chilling of the lot. Brett Dalton is getting so much more to play with this season than seemed likely from the first two or three episodes – his place in Coulson’s team is gone forever (and frankly he’s not needed with the various personnel brought in), but he has a very valid part to play in the episode.
Verdict: Very much a serial now, Agents of SHIELD continues to reward those who have been patient. 8/10