TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 13

Tuesday 8 April 2014 by

Agents of SHIELD, Joss Whedon, Channel 4, Marvel, Clark Gregg, TV show, Pilot

Well NOW we’re getting somewhere.  This next episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is much more on track (haha) with what we’ve come to expect from the show…

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – episode thirteen – T.R.A.C.K.S

*spoilers alert*

This week, our agents are gunning for Quinn, and one way to do it is to confiscate a rather important device on a train to use to track it back to Quinn. But things don’t quite go to plan when their carefully laid schemes are discovered.

In repeating scenes, their plans – and how they went awry – are revealed piece by piece until the dramatic ending at Quinn’s house. It is a fast-paced episode; with less of the quips and more of the action… but as long as it includes one of these two, I’m happy!

Quinn is a fantastic enemy, cold and calm and calculated and bordering on the enjoyable. He balances that line between the bad guy you kind of like and the bad guy that gives you shivers. As for our team, between May, Coulson and Skye they get equal screen time, and all do it justice.

Coulson and May, in their race against time to regain the lost device, are the typical heroes of the hour (despite their mishaps along the way), and Skye rushes on ahead with no thought to herself and remains the loveable rogue she always has been.

May is simply fantastic as the Agent with Attitude. She’s quickly stretching ahead of the rest as my favourite. And her relationship with Coulson is brilliantly played (her relationship with Ward, however, still feels a bit false and stilted). And Skye is still fabulous (if a little frustrating to watch) as the impulsive, braver-than-sense newcomer.

But it is the conclusion at Quinn’s house that really gets things going; I don’t know where to look, between Mike and his new super-leg, or Quinn shooting Skye. I most certainly didn’t see the latter coming (even if the former was inevitable after his reappearance earlier this season). I’m still hoping they’ll find a way out for Mike, and I’m sure that Skye isn’t going to die so soon in to the series (after all, she’s got all the mysterious what-could-she-be plotline going on). But it was still a fantastically played-out drama that kept you hooked, and waiting desperately for the next episode.

I feel like they got back on form this episode; perhaps they need some time to warm up. The mid-season break gave us all some breathing room and hence it needed to hit us where it hurts right from the off. Instead, it trickled us in to backstory to wind us up to a big conclusion where it should have given us much more action. Instead, it hits us with it now and isn’t shy about it. Plus, the amazing disappearing train was pretty good.

Rating, Four, Review

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