“Shadows,” Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The final arc of Season One proved Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had finally found its footing, but the stellar debut for year two cemented the fact. This episode had everything, from a well-utilized tie-in period from Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell), to some nice twists and turns with genre fave Lucy Lawless playing Agent Isabelle Hartley. It also does an excellent job of utilizing the Marvel comic lore, with the formidable baddie Carl Creel (Brian Patrick Wade) causing havoc for the team. The series had always been missing that “back against the wall” attitude, and this episode perfectly captured what this show should aspire to be. Smart, fun, fast, witty and action-packed.