Episode three of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. takes us back to the watchable, but uninspiring, world of the pilot with the team attempting to rescue Dr. Franklin Hall, a brilliant physicist who’s been kidnapped by Ian Quinn, a businessman who needs help exploiting a new element.
But, unfortunately, due to a combination of uninspired writing and lazy acting, both Quinn and Hall were incredibly dull. Which is a shame, really, as we’ll probably see from one, if not both, of them again.
However, it wasn't all bad, and the episode still had a few standout moments. But even some of those never really came to fruition; case in point, missing out on the opportunity to do a huge a gravity-shifting set piece. Admittedly, it probably has a lot to do with the special-effects budget, but it was disappointing nonetheless.
In fact, it seems all the budget was spent on the impressive opening sequence which worked as a really fun hook. It’s just a shame the rest of the episode couldn't follow it.