After a three month break (yes, that's right, a quarter of a year!), Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. lurched back onto our screens with a sadly mediocre episode that took forever to achieve very little.
Taking place 36 hours after The Bridge, The Magical Place was all about S.H.I.E.L.D. trying to track down Centipede (still think that's an awful name for a villainous organisation) and rescue Coulson.
Once again Skye went criminally rogue - without any repercussions - because S.H.I.E.L.D., personified by Agent Victoria Hand (Saffron Burrows), refused to "follow the money trail".
I'm sorry, but every other espionage/crime thriller you see that's the first avenue of investigation, but clearly the world's foremost spy organisation would rather just bungle about in the dark!
Meanwhile Raina (Ruth Negga), the women "in the flower dress" was using her charms to convince captive Coulson to submit to a dream-reading device that would tell him what happened after he died in The Avengers.
We were promised "the truth about Coulson's miracle recovery", but all we got was much ado about nothing. So, S.H.I.E.L.D. did something to his dead body. Tell us something we hadn't figured out for ourselves!
If only S.H.I.E.L.D. had acted like a "real" intelligence agency and pursued the obvious course of investigation this whole, painfully drawn-out, episode could have been condensed into a quarter-of-an-hour prologue to another story.
Now that we're four episodes behind the States, there have been some unavoidably spoilery announcements about upcoming guest appearances by known comic book characters that, after this underwhelming episode, are the main reason to keep watching at the moment.