My biggest problems with season one wasn't the episodic nature, but rather the bad writing overall. While I might find the characterizations better in retrospect, a lot of the dialogue was either bland or clunky (a problem that is still an occasional problem). I never liked Ward, and while making him evil at least made him slightly interesting, I never found Brett Dalton engaging (except slightly as Hive). For the longest time, I had a lot of issues with Skye/Daisy and I couldn't tell if it was the writing or Chloe Bennet's acting, although in retrospect, I think it was both and they both have gradually gotten better. She certainly became more interesting once she became an Inhuman instead of a whiny hacker. The writing was so bad in the first season that I actually stopped watching, regretfully. I only came back because I heard it finally became good once the Hydra storyline was able to move forward with The Winder Soldier's release. I do wonder where all of the enhanced individuals they encountered in the first season have disappeared to. One would think they would be rather important in this day and age of the Sokovia Accords. And I'm all for bringing back Deathlok!