Ingress Episode 2 "Escape – Past – Destiny" starts the major chase suspense narrative that will take over several episodes. It also ditched some of the emotional resonance from Episode 1 in favor of exposition. Which comes in the middle of two major gun fights.
Episode 2 picks up exactly where the first left off, with Makoto being pinned by Resistance Agent Jack Norman. Norman starts to question Makoto before they're interrupted by an armed group of Hulong agents who start shooting. We get to see an XM sensitive in action as Jack uses his "flash forward" ability to read his opponents moves and dodge their bullets. It's a little Matrix-y, watching Jack dodge bullets in hyper-speed, leaving blue imprints of himself behind. However, it gets the jobs done of showing us a sensitive's abilities from an outsiders perspective.
So far, we've only seen Sarah's abilities from her perspective, which allows us to "see the invisible" the way she does. We also witness Makoto's memory flashes as they happen. Which doesn't tell us much about what those abilities look like from the outside.
Sarah and Makoto use the fight with Houlong as a means to escape Jack, though he uses his ability to follow them with uncanny ease. Which then brings in the exposition of what exactly XM is, how the Ingress app works, and what "Sensitives" are. While Fuji TV, Craftar Studios, and Niantic have worked a lot of this expositon work out as action – Makoto is prompted to open the app, which leads him into choosing a side- Resistance or Enlightened- and then attacking the nearby Resistance portal to weaken Norman. However, it is still an odd dip in the narrative, an intentional slow-down point. And it cones right as Jack Norman and a group of Hulong Agents find Makoto and Sarah again.
Not only is it a bit unrealistic, but it pulls the viewer out if the action for exposition. It may help Makoto and Sarah escape from their pursuers, by timing a burster pulse from the Ingress app with some handy fire extinguisher foam, but the expository break could have been ignored altogether as it serves little narrative function other than re-establishing Jack Norman's sensitive abilities and how utterly relentless they make him. Which is information we got in the last episode and the first half of this one.