Agents of SHIELD keeps putting out great episodes this season. Last week’s wrap-up to the season premiere was a great one, giving us some solid character development while helping to feed some of the key mysteries that have been set up for this season. This week, the mysteries and the Obelisk were set aside as we finally learned what Simmons has been up to. We also got some stellar acting from Ian De Caestecker, who is the MVP of season 2 thus far, and a look at how all of our characters have changed and progressed since last season, and how the family dynamic of the team has shifted. We also saw the return of one of last season’s dangling threads, perhaps setting the stage for more returning characters from last year. So without further ado, let’s jump into “Making Friends and Influencing People” written by Monica Owusu-Breen and directed by Bobby Roth.
*Update: My full recap of “Making Friends and Influencing People” is now live. Read it here!
If tonight’s SHIELD episode gave us a closer look at what we can expect on a weekly basis from the show this season, then I’m excited to see what’s yet to come. After last week helped wrap up the season premiere, this week we got more of a stand-alone episode that still helped to advance the story SHIELD is telling. We got the return of (the real) Simmons, some new revelations, some new mysteries, and a good helping of suspense. So read on for my instant reactions to the episode, and check back tomorrow for my full recap of the “Making Friends and Influencing People” (I’ll post a link here once it’s up).