Like most episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., “The Hub” does a few things right and a few things poorly. Some of those things…
Good: The series beginning to treat S.H.I.E.L.D. as an organisation worthy of scepticism rather than filled with unquestioned goodies. The titular hub was a timely reminder that S.H.I.E.L.D. is a large, pseudo-military organisation, with all the baggage that suggests.
Bad: The unoriginal structure of the episode – strongly reminiscent of Firefly’s “War Stories” and Archer’s “Un Chien Tangerine” (the one where Cyril goes into the field), not to mention the rest of the “Overkill” mission.
Good: Separating Fitz from Simmons, bringing extra life to each character.
Bad: Pairing anyone with the perennially tedious Ward, aka Mr Bland.
Good: Continuing to question Skye’s loyalties to S.H.I.E.L.D.
Bad: The renewed focus on Skye’s heritage. I can’t think of a twist interesting enough to justify a storyline straight out of a Neighbours episode.
The biggest mark in the “good” column is that the show is slowly beginning to find its legs, with the writers finding material better suited to their cast. There’s still a lot of room for improvement, and a shift away from the mission-of-the-week structure is where I’d start.