TV Club: Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: “The Dirty Half Dozen”

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. began with six core cast members, but it’s been quite a while since the original team worked together. The character dynamics have dramatically changed since then, and the evolution of this series in its second season is highlighted by this week’s big reunion, which puts the old gang back in action to save Mike “Deathlok” Peterson and Lincoln from a Hydra laboratory. It’s an episode with overt ties to the upcoming Avengers: Age Of Ultron—“the twins” are mentioned by Hydra’s Dr. List and Raina foresees “men made of metal” tearing cities apart—but those big-screen connections don’t interrupt the focus on relationships, which is what has really helped this series blossom this season.

Coulson turned himself in to Gonzales’ faction of S.H.I.E.L.D. at the end of last week’s episode, and …

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