In a way, this week’s episode was a far more relevant ‘Thor: The Dark World’ spin-off than last week's lame excuse for a crossover. This week actually expanded upon some of the ideas brought up in Marvel’s latest big screen offering, and did what Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does best by making them seem that much more personal and relevant.
That being said, it took a while for it to get to that point and the intrigue of the first half of the episode was rather marred by some weak comedic sequences. But these were soon forgotten about, with the focus instead being turned to some horror-inflected tension.
Admittedly, the framing drama for the action was a bit patchy and uninteresting, with some rather misjudged religious discussion, but fortunately that did little to detract from my overall enjoyment.
Episode 9 took a while to get going, but was brought to life by some thrilling action scenes and some effective CGI. And, the hints towards a rebirth for Agent May’s character look to be a welcome addition after weeks of her scowling.