After last week’s tense, exciting episode, it would have been tough for Agents of SHIELD to try to match that level of intensity. The standoff between Raina and Coulson, with Simmons’ life hanging in the balance, combined with some new and emotional revelations about Skye’s father, would have been a tough act to follow. Wisely, SHIELD charted a different course this week, giving us one of those all-important connect-the-dots episodes, that helps position the pieces for bigger things to come. And while it might have been a slight but inevitable let down, it still packed in some great moments both fun and emotional, while setting up one big game changer that will affect how the rest of the season plays out. So let’s take a look at “A Fractured House,” written by Rafe Judkins and Lauren LeFranc and directed by Ron Underwood.
*Update: My full recap of “A Fractured House” is now live. Read it here!
Agents of SHIELD has been so solid this season, delivering one great episode after another. Last week was a particular highlight that advanced many different plots, reunited the team, and added Bobbi Morse to the equation. Tonight’s episode, “A Fractured House,” didn’t deliver quite the punch, but it still had some great moments, including a continuation of high-quality action this season. The pieces on the board were moved around tonight, and things are being set up for bigger events down the road. We’ll have to see how it all plays out, but for now here are my instant reactions to tonight’s episode. Look for my recap to post sometime tomorrow.