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***(WARNING: This Review Contains Spoilers: Read-On at Will)***
“T.R.A.C.K.S.” follows the S.H.I.E.L.D. team into action, as they attempt to uncover an unknown package that was ordered by the infamous Ian Quinn. With fast pacing, great action and ever-building plot points, this adventure will leave you wanting the next episode immediately.
I want to start by saying that I have basically started to ignore all negativity and hatred towards Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Mainly because there is no real logic behind the derogatory comments it receives, but also because people give the same old excuses about the show (ie: “I gave up on this show a while ago” or “The show sucks and the characters are dull”). It’s scenarios like this that make me question why these bystanders are even commenting on the series if they aren’t even watching enough to give a logical opinion.
Ok, good, now that the mini-rant is out of the way, let’s get onto what really matters: this week’s episode of Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D. Or, rather this month’s episode. Yes…sadly the next episode will air March 4th, exactly a month from now. I have to say, the time between episodes is the only problem I have with the show!
In “T.R.A.C.K.S.”, Agent Coulson and his S.H.I.E.L.D. team board a train running through Italy’s countryside, in search of an unknown package ordered by Ian Quinn. Quinn has been a recurring baddie throughout the series so far, playing a mysterious-but-essential factor in the long run of Season 1.
The team splits up into groups of two; Coulson and Simmons, Fitz and Skye, & Ward and May. Going undercover, they are soon enough found out and must flee the train. Coulson and Ward manage to escape, while Skye, Fitz and Simmons are left on board. After jumping from the moving train when a mysterious grenade is tossed at them, Coulson and Ward witness the train disappear in front of them. They then find May’s goggles in the dirt around them, and the two begin to search for her in the surrounding area.
The episode shifts back in time to explain that May ended up jumping from the train as well, only to discover Coulson and Ward literally frozen in-time (sounds weird right?) in the dirt where they landed. Turns out the grenade thrown at the pair was a piece of tech that makes you believe no time has passed, when in fact those effected from its blast are frozen/paralyzed for a period of time.
As May tries to figure out a way to move Coulson and Ward to safety, she finds an abandoned vehicle, but is ambushed by a group of agents led by an Italian police contact who sold the S.H.I.E.L.D. team out. After escaping captivity, she finds Coulson and Ward, and they use the S.H.I.E.L.D. plane to track the train down in order to find Skye, Fitz and Simmons. On the train the three find Simmons, but discover that Fitz and Skye left the train as well, to pursue Quinn on their own.
Then, things start to heat up. While the action sequences and plot of the episode’s first half was fast-paced (literally) and told an interesting story involving each team member, the second half was the real highlight. Also, a lot more teasing of the “Clairvoyant” puppet master is done in this episode, which should unfold even further over the last episodes of Season 1.
Upon arriving at Quinn’s home, Skye searches the house while Fitz keeps guard outside. The tension builds as Skye creeps down into Quinn’s dark, close-quarters basement, where she discovers who else but Mike Peterson. This time, the thought-to-be-dead but resurrected character is found in a hyperbaric chamber, where he is in a resting state. Quinn finds Skye in the basement, and awakens Mike, telling him that the “Clairvoyant” has given orders for Mike to kill her. Quinn presents to him a new, cyborg leg which was the product inside the unknown case. Mike tells Quinn that killing her isn’t his mission, and leaves the room. Quinn shoots Skye in the stomach brutally and leaves her to die.
The rest of the team ambush Quinn’s home and arrests him, and find Skye. They put her in the hyperbaric chamber to keep her stable. In the post-credits scene shows Mike asking the Clairvoyant through the device in his eye if he can see his son. The Clairvoyant responds with “Not Yet”. The camera zooms in on Mike’s cyborg leg, and the product ID reads “Deathlok Project”.
The action sequences in this episode were top-notch. The guns, the tech, and most importantly the unfolding of Mike as Deathlok, the famous Marvel cyborg. That is gonna be one hell of a cool character if utilized the right way. I also enjoyed Stan Lee’s cameo appearance and even the Abomination reference by Coulson that some may not have caught. This show is really moving forward in quality and continuity. I’m especially excited for the end of Season 1, and how it ties-in directly to Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Again, I’m a bit frustrated the next episode isn’t for another whole month, but I’ll manage.
For now, we can all be hopeful from this gem of an episode that this series has good things to come.
Episode Review: 8/10
Written by Josh Sazin on 2/5/14