We had been lacking that intensity, whether it be in the form of action courtesy underground escapes or stealing classified files, this episode definitely upped the ante regarding what the point of SHIELD really is. From that standpoint it was good.
It was also yet another enjoyable performance by Fitz and Simmons, who we all wrote off early on, but recently have grown to be more than just quirky characters.
The ending was strong as well. Typical Joss Whedon style, but still it made us curious about what comes next.
That being said, everything from the writing to the acting to the weekly plots can still be better. Improvement, but not quite "there" yet in regards to being an elite drama.