There will be some spoilers in this discussion. I've had some discussions on the front page about the lack of a compelling story arc in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It has been pointed out we have Agent Coulson's death, Skye's parents, and Centipede as unresolved plot lines, but they aren't necessarily being advanced from one episode to the next. I would certainly argue that they aren't yet compelling storylines.
However, the Centipede storyline could very easily be compelling. I'd like to submit a revised edition to this week's episode for your consideration. When they arrive at the barn and Skye discovers the connection to all of the volunteer firefighters they start to get another faint reading. Skye pulls up the location and finds that it is the home of the third firefighter which is just down the street from where the agents are now. This eliminates the scene at the fire house.
When they arrive at the house they encounter a Cenitpede team. Presumably Centipede is interested in whatever is causing these things to happen as well. The Centipede team is defeated and then Coulson rushes in and finds the third firefighter holding the helmet (which is sparking). Coulson has his conversation about death and retrieves the helmet. The episode continues until the very end where the team theorizes on why Centipede would want the helmet. They conclude that if Centipede had gotten their hands on it they may have found a way to control the virus and allowed their super soldiers to control electricity.
The intensity of the episode ramps up significantly. The main story remains unchanged. The characters are all developed the same, but we are all significantly more interested in what's going on with Centipede despite the fact that they only had 2-3 minutes of our attention in the entire episode.
What do you all think?