Whoah! An undercover themed story, I love those, and with Mai desperately trying to hold up a smile whilst mingling was a comforting hilarity.
A snapshot of the team securing their way into an insanely huge mansion demonstrated the team's intelligence and brings you right into the skeleton of the story.
I was grateful that the writers decided to layer the foundations surrounding Coulson and Mai's complicated relationship that in some aspects appears to be a friendship filled with respect and trust that doesn't need to be steeped in a romantic sense. Although they do dance well together but could hide their communication with the rest of the team more subtly.
Hydra in an opposing enemy to Shield continues to grow ever stronger as their motivations are gently manisfesting themselves into retrieving powerful objects that can cause catatrophic harm to others. They have a serious obsession with controlling people to do the work for them.
Oh yes, now the action scenes between Mai and... well Mai were spectacular. With quick, energy fuelled, sharp swipes that could be felt through the screen had me filled with my own adrenaline.
My admiration for Fitz continues with his wonderful saving the team once more with his knowledge of mechanical engineering. I felt a connection with his struggle of socialising with the team as I myself continue to find my social skills are somewhat weak in communication.
Finally, the ever expanding mystery surrounding the unknown carvings that Coulson had found to be etched on the back of a five hundred year old painting that the team set out to retrieve, sets a fascination with within the alien language that he and Mai try to analyse its meanings.
What could this mean for the team when Mai acts out her promise to kill Coulson to stop the power that he holds within? Is there a connection with hydra and these carvings that have featured so predominately? This is what this series achieves so fluidly, these are constant questions for the audience to ask; which is all that matters.