Howdy ladies and gents of the interweb, time for my review of episode 13 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled “T.R.A.C.K.S.” So it seems like this show is finally getting somewhere and the future is looking brighter with all the talk surrounding episodes 14 and 15. I went into this episode hoping that AoS could keep that momentum up. Plus it has Stan Lee in it too, how can it fail right? Luckily I was right.
As usual in these reviews I’m just gonna present the plot and then say what I liked and what I didn’t like. Cool? Okay let’s keep going.
In this episode Coulson and his team head to Italy and it there where they will attempt to confiscate an important device on a train. This device is being delivered to Ian Quinn and the team hope to intercept it in order to get to Quinn who in turn will get them one step closer to the Clairvoyant.
What I Liked
Well bloody hell, this was awesome. Simply put this is the best episode the show has produced. Now this is what I’m talking about and I’m so annoyed I hadn’t watched this sooner.
There was so much to love where do I begin? The story was great with everyone getting screen time, loads of cool action scenes and some good connections from the past and foreshadowing to the future.
Firstly let’s talk about this plot, it starts out simply enough with the mission on the train with all of the team taking on different personas and that lead to some great humorous moments with May and Ward, Fitz and Skye and Coulson and Simmons. The pairing of Coulson and Simmons was priceless, Simmons’ rehearsed backstory and full-blown monologue on the train was hilarious, but the icing on the cake was from Stan Lee, HE WAS FRIGGING HILARIOUS! I swear that man is godly and just makes everything better, his dialogue and timing was just perfect. The team’s mission is compromised when their electronic communication goes down and everyone gets separated and while we’re stuck with just Coulson and Ward, we learn of the happenings with the rest of the team via flashbacks that took during the communication break down. The non-linear style of storytelling is done very well and it is great how each set of characters had stuff to deal with and all holes were filled up.
Then there’s the point when Skye infiltrates the house where Ian Quinn is, and in the basement she finds our old friend Mike Peterson in a recovery chamber. Everything just gets more and more interesting as Mike is released and Quinn tries to get Mike to kill her but he refuses because it’s not his mission. It was at the point when Quinn shot Skye when this episode went from being really good to being frigging awesome, never did I think anyone would get messed up in such a way. But AoS stepped up and showed its audience it ain’t fucking around no more, it was an unexpected and dramatic moment that just made me love the villainy of Quinn even more. And let’s not forget Mike now awake but very different so much more lethal than before, he shows a lot of promise in this new role with his kick ass new leg.
Character-wise everyone was on-point. Clark Gregg finally started acting like the badass agent we know and love from the films with a much more serious and assertive tone with tiny moments of humour sprinkled in. Ming-Na Wen as May was definitely the star of this episode as she was given some great moments to be the coolest agent ever, beat the living daylights of several men and kill a dude with a knife, so aggressive! And I just add, in that suit she was wearing on the train, BLOODY HELL, so sexy, I swear I am totally in love. Brett Dalton is definitely getting more likeable in his role as Ward with more moments of humour, especially that scene with him and Coulson trying to figure out the holographic science table thing, that was funny. Iain De Caestecker continues to be funny and awkward as Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge is still the most interesting, versatile, funny and endearing characters on the team. Also the return of J. August Richards as Mike was awesome, so emotionless and aggressive, love it. Also David Conrad has gone from being fairly boring to being frigging awesome as Ian Quinn, he seems more sly, despicable and cruel, this is the kind of villains the show needs.
The action in the episode was also great with Ward, May and Mike getting some great moment scenes. Firstly Ward’s fight in the close quarters of that train carriage was kick ass, nicely choreographed, then May’s assault on those mean where she was being held was so frigging cool and then there was Mike under the order of the Clairvoyant taking out all those Cybertek people, badass!
What I Disliked
As for the stuff I didn’t like, there wasn’t much really besides the convenience of the hyperbaric chamber being nearby when Skye was dying, it’s a minor nitpick though.
In conclusion “T.R.A.C.K.S.” is the best episode of AoS by a long shot, everything came together so well thanks to the non-linear storytelling, amazing action and the dramatic tone of the episode thanks to some unexpected twists and turns. Now the show is in a great place and I’m glad I never gave up on the show, if it can keep this momentum up then we could see the birth of an amazing TV show.
Rating: 9/10 (This is the kind of show that I’ve always wanted)
So what did you think of “T.R.A.C.K.S.“? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for episode 14! 😀