Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap – “T.R.A.C.K.S.”

by     Posted 260 days ago

marvels-agents-of-shield-slice

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns!  After a two week hiatus, the show has returned, promising to bring viewers one of the biggest episodes yet.  With promises of more Marvel characters to come, such as Deathlok, Sif, and Lorelei, will this be the episode that ends the slow burn that has been present in the series so far.  Also, this episode, a cameo from the Man himself, Stan Lee. So join us won’t you as we recap episode 13 of Agents, entitled “Tracks”.  Hit the jump!

marvels-agents-of-shieldThe episode starts off running as the gang determines that evil businessman, Quinn, who has been a foil in the agents’ side, is transporting something very important via train.  Splitting off into groups of two, the agents decide to focus on the espionage side of their training and infiltrate the train.  May and Ward’s continuing sexual tension adds some humor to the mix as May reveals that she told Coulson about their relationship as the two slip into their agent apparel.  Meanwhile, Skye and Fitz go over accents before heading into the fray, in an even more humorous scene, as Skye demonstrates the most horrible Scottish accent in contrast with Fitz’s amazing American one. This leads into a great cameo by Stan Lee as he rebukes Coulson all around for his imaginary prostitutes created by Simmons.

Ward, quickly grabbing Coulson and leaping from the train, proclaims that the two have been made.  Once landing, the hired goons of Cybertek throw a bomb that causes the train to turn invisible.  It’s a great start to the episode, showing the team firing on all cylinders with a nice blending of humor throughout.  This episode is able to effortlessly play up what we’ve learned of the characters so far, and add some pretty good action scenes in the meantime.

After having leaped from the train, Coulson and Ward are able to make their way back to “The Bus” and in yet another comical scene, have absolutely no idea how to use the giant “holotable” that Fitz and Simmons use effortlessly.  This also gives a chance for Ward and Coulson to awkwardly discuss his relationship with May, and surprisingly lets loose a piece of information that hadn’t really been revealed in the Marvel movie-verse, where the Abomination has been since his appearance in The Incredible Hulk.  Apparently, the Abomination/Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth) is being held in a “cryo-cell” in Alaska, which Coulson threatens to send Ward to.  This is a perfect example of how to incorporate the Marvel Universe into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in that you can have an off-handed comment like that which most people may miss, but the observant fans will be able to take note of.

marvels-agents-of-shieldMay appears, instantly killing the original informant, Russo, who had helped the agents get on the train in the first place!  We’re then treated to her side of the story as the grenade which had seemingly made the train invisible had actually locked Ward and Coulson in a frozen state.  Russo manages to capture May, and tries to convert her to the side of Centipede, the big bad of the season.  In a particularly bad-ass scene, Russo stabs May in the shoulder and as he walks away, May pulls out the knife, cuts herself free, and stabs him with it!  She then, after having killed Russo, tells Coulson and Ward what’s actually happening and stitches herself up with Coulson’s help, right as Ward moseys in.  The groundwork for a pretty interesting love triangle as Ward is clearly developing feelings for the brickwall that is May, and she really could give a flying fig.

The team finds the now-abandoned train with an unconscious Simmons, wondering where Skye and Fitz are.  The episode then shows the tech team’s story as the nerdy duo of the group encounters another Cybertek merc, who, in a struggle with Simmons, accidentally sets off another one of their stun grenades that is actually a more advanced version of the team’s “stun guns”.  Fitz then pops the unconscious mercenary with his stun gun twice for the unconscious Simmons, which is odd considering he was already knocked out.  For a second, I actually did a double take as I thought Fitz had killed the guy, which honestly would have been a good moment for the lab rat of the group.

Skye infiltrates the mansion where the package had been placed from the train, and is promptly caught by Quinn and goons to reveal that the shipment was none other than Mike Peterson!  Peterson wakes up and is given a new robotic leg by Quinn, beginning his road to becoming Deathlok, which, in the comics, was actually a cyborg assassin from the future with robotic enhancements.  In a particularly creepy scene, Quinn begins goading Peterson to kill Skye, and he refuses, leaving the room.  Quinn then SHOOTS SKYE twice in the stomach!

marvels-agents-of-shieldPeterson/Deathlok then kills a roomful of the mercenaries in Quinn’s mansion for having led S.H.I.E.L.D. right to them.  The team then storms the mansion, finding Skye and placing her into whatever tube was holding Peterson originally, which somehow saves her life?  Ok, before I keep going, they never really explained that the tube was anything other than a tube that held Peterson, but I guess it was some kind of healing…tube?  If Skye had been placed into the tube and it froze her with some sort of cryogenic effect, I could buy that, but she instantly starts breathing again once they throw her in there!  What a confusing turn of events.  The team each begins crying and tearing themselves up for what happened to Skye and the episode ends there.

Overall, I was really ready to give this episode an A, as everything was really moving along well in the show.  The team was working well with one another, the humor was there, the action scenes were perilous, and there was a real sense of danger throughout.  Cue the final scenes where it seems like Skye is going to pull through thanks to magic tube!  This could have been a real chance to prove that this was a show where anything could happen, where even one of the main characters might not make it through.  As it stands, it looks like we’ll see Skye pull through in the upcoming episode and loss a certain amount of tension that could have been gained. In summation though, I really dug the episode and it was a strong showing on nearly all fronts.

S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to be a roller coaster with slight highs and crushing lows, so hopefully we can see more episodes like this one after this next month long hiatus (most likely due to the Olympics).

Grade: B

Agents of M.I.S.C.E.L.L.A.N.E.A.:

- “In like Quinn” That has to be the worst magazine cover of all time.

- “Someplace affordable with big portions.” Perfect interpretation of Americans, Fitz!

- “Now is your chance to do better!”

- “You made time for your work…AND YOUR PROSTITUTES!”  “Prostitutes? Plural?”

- “I can’t deal with Asgard today.”

- “Holotable…on. Holotable…activate.”

- “It’s never happened on the…Bus…sir.”

Watch the promo for the next episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:




Like Us


Comments:

FB Comments

  • LEM

    I happened to switch to this show just as Skye was shot and the first thing I thought was shoot her again…and he did! It was the best…until they show her alive and obviously will be saved.

  • ScratStitch

    Lowering the grade because the main character didn’t die really doesn’t seem fair.

    • Evan

      I didn’t lower the grade only because Skye didn’t die, I lowered it because we ran into yet another instance of the show pulling back from what could have been a more gripping revelation, to go somewhere that isn’t “safe”. In that sense, it could have stopped being as predictable.

      • lyrad

        If Whedon was the boss Skye would be dead.

        But he isn’t the boss. He still has to answer to ABC/Marvel, and they won’t let him kill heroes, because TV heroes don’t die.

      • LEM

        He answers to Mickey Mouse. He gets bitch slapped with those big white four finger gloves.

      • Jan-Michael Hughes

        first off why kill off a character you spent time building a backstory? We are about to find out what superpower she has and what character she really is in the Marvel Universe and she maybe someone we see in the movies. you ever thought she was like Wolverine? healing powers? maybe it wasn’t the tube that healed her.

      • wkm6322

        some people want “logic” to everything, even though they were watching a marvel superheroes series.

      • Jan-Michael Hughes

        first off why kill off a character you spent time building a backstory? We are about to find out what superpower she has and what character she really is in the Marvel Universe and she maybe someone we see in the movies. you ever thought she was like Wolverine? healing powers? maybe it wasn’t the tube that healed her.

  • Charles Finnegan Day

    is this a “B” compared to all other shows? *achem arrow achem* or a B for M.A.O.S.?

    • Random Bystander

      Achem?

      • RedMercury

        Think of it as a phlegmy “ahem.”

  • Jim

    The next episode should be the team trying to save skye but then she dies, and her being the otherworldly artefact thing can be part of the rest of the season, and her character can still be involved. How good would the show be if she died? Coulson having deep regret and shame clouding him would add such a great dynamic and would save the show!!

  • ʝoe ‘Ʀoy Ʀavers’ ßloggs

    Skye gets shot in the stomach??
    Does this mean we won’t get to see her in a bikini anytime soon?

  • Lance

    I had a similar reaction to Evan’s. This episode _was_ a lot better than most of the previous episodes. Finally, signs the show is improving!

    The only thing that spoiled it for me was that the ending just seemed to kind of peter out. Yeah, they got Skye back (which I figured was going to happen — she won’t die until we at least find out what her secret mystery deal is) but nothing else got resolved. I know we have to build to Deathlok but shouldn’t they have done something with Quinn before just ending the episode?

    The big tube is a bariatric chamber, which can increase the pressure inside the chamber. From what I know it’s used to treat people with the bends (you know, like after diving). I don’t think I’ve heard of it being used to heal gunshot wounds before… so bad explaining what the heck was going on there.

    Compared to shows that are actually good, I’d give this episode a C+, B-. But on the SHIELD curve this is a B+ at least!

    • Random Bystander

      Its called a hyperbaric chamber, which is what Simmons actually called it. They can be used to treat extreme blood loss in patients with anemia, so it makes sense that it would help someone with a GSW. A lot of information seems to have escaped the author of this article.

      • Lance

        You’re right, Simmons called it a hyperbaric not bariatric chamber. But you can call it a bariatric chamber. At least I’ve heard it described that way.

        The problem from anemia isn’t the same as bleeding from a gunshot wound, I also know that much. The problem from a GSW is loss of blood pressure from loss of fluid, not that you’re not getting enough oxygen because you don’t have enough blood cells.

        Apparently the chamber can help accelerate wound healing, but no so fast it stitches up bullet holes in a matter of a few minutes.

        The author of the article is not to blame. AoS didn’t explain what the chamber was for, probably because by the time they realized the explanation for it didn’t hold up to scrutiny, the episode had already been shot.

      • Lance

        You’re right, Simmons called it a hyperbaric not bariatric chamber. But you can call it a bariatric chamber. At least I’ve heard it described that way.

        The problem from anemia isn’t the same as bleeding from a gunshot wound, I also know that much. The problem from a GSW is loss of blood pressure from loss of fluid, not that you’re not getting enough oxygen because you don’t have enough blood cells.

        Apparently the chamber can help accelerate wound healing, but no so fast it stitches up bullet holes in a matter of a few minutes.

        The author of the article is not to blame. AoS didn’t explain what the chamber was for, probably because by the time they realized the explanation for it didn’t hold up to scrutiny, the episode had already been shot.

      • Random Bystander

        I won’t argue about the bariatric chamber thing because I don’t know whether its right or wrong, but the HBO2 and increase in air pressure in the chamber increases blood O2 and BP, the low temperature also slows the HR which would decrease blood loss, leaving enough time to get back to the Bus and administer beta-blockers and probably some sort of clotting agent.

        Now while I don’t expect the author to know this nor should the writers of MAOS expect the audience to, they also shouldn’t have to explain everything either. If it’s something that doesn’t actually exist like Gravitonium, they need to explain how it works, but they can realistically expect for most people to know that a hyperbaric chamber assists healing and that’s all that is needed to be known, or at the very least have heard of it before, know that its a real thing and assume it’s being used properly.

      • Lance

        Even House MD explained what he was up to. It’s not good to just leave the audience puzzled while stuff is going on, and never explain it. It would be like if Sherlock solved puzzles and then never said anything about how he did it.

        I still don’t think they used the chamber in any way that was realistic.

      • Random Bystander

        I won’t argue about the bariatric chamber thing because I don’t know whether its right or wrong, but the HBO2 and increase in air pressure in the chamber increases blood O2 and BP, the low temperature also slows the HR which would decrease blood loss, leaving enough time to get back to the Bus and administer beta-blockers and probably some sort of clotting agent.

        Now while I don’t expect the author to know this nor should the writers of MAOS expect the audience to, they also shouldn’t have to explain everything either. If it’s something that doesn’t actually exist like Gravitonium, they need to explain how it works, but they can realistically expect for most people to know that a hyperbaric chamber assists healing and that’s all that is needed to be known, or at the very least have heard of it before, know that its a real thing and assume it’s being used properly.

      • jeff

        idk why people read these reviews anymore.. because that seems to happen every time. if n un-biased person reviewed these they would atleast be readable, this guys a negative prick

  • anthonybgonzalez

    Skye is probably X23, and yes, Clark Gregg tweeted that Sochi is the reason for the time off…dammit

    • Lance

      That’s what I wondered (about Skye’s connection to Wolverine). But if that’s true, that means they’d have to connect up with the movies being done by 20th Century Fox.

      It would be amazing if they had Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) on the show… that would truly be Earth-shattering stuff to have happen on the series, and could actually redeem the entire first season.

      But… that’s pretty unlikely, unfortunately. Also, if Skye were Wolverine’s clone, why is it taking her so long to regenerate? Why hasn’t she noticed it before when she gets a paper cut or whatever?

      Guess they could always find another explanation for X23… like maybe X23 is the name of the cure they’re looking for next week.

      • Random Bystander

        They couldn’t even use Adamantium in The First Avenger, they won’t be allowed to use Wolverine or even X-23.

      • anthonybgonzalez

        Adamantium isn’t a “mutant” thing…just a healing factor…hmmm… i’m not gonna hype myself up though, lol.

      • Random Bystander

        They couldn’t even use Adamantium in The First Avenger, they won’t be allowed to use Wolverine or even X-23.

  • Jerm

    I could almost see them bring Skye back to full form by doing the “Tahiti” trick to her. I was really waiting on Coulson to say “Call Fury” when he was looking at her in the cryo-tube.

    • Random Bystander

      That’s what they will do. The glowing green stuff in the promo for the next episode has been shown before when Coulson got his real memories back. It may even be connected to the Winter Soldier. I remember in an interview with either Joe Johnston or Sebastian Stan they said in the scene when Cap finds Bucky strapped to a table there is something in the room with a green glow that Dr Zola used to experiment on Bucky and that is how he survives the fall from the train.

  • Lance

    Way to plagiarize, Donna you hack.

    I bet you wrote some of the early episodes of the show.

  • Michael Thompson

    So they actually broadcast one episode that is halfway decent and then they are off for a month. Apparently they have no interest in this show succeeding.

    • Kalvin P

      ……Olympics are airing and shows don’t compete with that.

  • Michael Thompson

    So they actually broadcast one episode that is halfway decent and then they are off for a month. Apparently they have no interest in this show succeeding.

  • MovieB

    I like how you had to stop the article to say they didn’t explain or say what the tube was. Yet, Simmons literally screamed out the name of the tube before the team lifted her up to put her in. Do you only watch the episode once before the recap? Collider should pay for your DVR, lol.

  • ronaldomoon

    I thought the episode was great but I thought the nod towards the Incredible Hulk was nice, hopefully we’ll see something with that

  • ronaldomoon

    I thought the episode was great but I thought the nod towards the Incredible Hulk was nice, hopefully we’ll see something with that

  • TrekBeatTK

    I was glad they just threw her in a tube because I was expecting Skye’s magic unkown “O-84″ abilities to save her (and maybe they still will). I know they won’t kill her off after building up the mystery around her, but shooting her twice was an act of good will.

    When the episode started, I was annoyed that they were just robbing “Firefly” by doing a train robbery, but it turned out to be a pretty good episode.

    Is it just me or are there twice as many commercial breaks on this show as there should be?

  • TrekBeatTK

    I was glad they just threw her in a tube because I was expecting Skye’s magic unkown “O-84″ abilities to save her (and maybe they still will). I know they won’t kill her off after building up the mystery around her, but shooting her twice was an act of good will.

    When the episode started, I was annoyed that they were just robbing “Firefly” by doing a train robbery, but it turned out to be a pretty good episode.

    Is it just me or are there twice as many commercial breaks on this show as there should be?

  • Marineboy

    Someone let me know when Deathlok appears – I’ll tune in then.

    • Armond White is my master now

      Don’t hold your breath. I’m waiting to see a fucking superheroe in this awful show…

    • Armond White is my master now

      Don’t hold your breath. I’m waiting to see a fucking superheroe in this awful show…

  • Pingback: Actors In The News » ‘Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: Stan Lee Cameo Finally Happens

  • Pingback: ‘Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: Stan Lee Cameo Finally Happens - Moby Dok

  • Pingback: ‘Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: Stan Lee Cameo Finally Happens | Kronosim

  • Pingback: ‘Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: Stan Lee Cameo Finally Happens | Doohickey

  • Pingback: ‘Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: Stan Lee Cameo Finally Happens | News aggrgator

  • Pingback: ‘Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: Stan Lee Cameo Finally Happens - Buzzweep

  • Pingback: Tuesday TV Ratings: NEW GIRL and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE Fail to Catch Super Bowl Bump; AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Down | Collider

  • Pingback: ‘Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: Stan Lee Cameo Finally Happens

  • Pingback: 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Stan Lee Cameo Finally Happens | We Report

  • Pingback: Tuesday TV Ratings: NEW GIRL and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE Fail to Catch Super Bowl Bump; AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Down | TVONTV NEWS Network

  • mattinacan

    This show is not a slow burn. True detective is a slow burn. This show moves a mile a minute butiisn’t very interesting.

  • doc

    In the “real world” Sky would have died of blood loss and/or shock and/or sepsis. But this is TV/movie world and she is a main character and her story/character arc isn’t complete yet.

    • wkm6322

      and its a marvel, a superheroes show, i dont understand why people want to try to figure explanation, and logic to a superheroes show, like Heroes with time travel and stuffs, why didnt i see the same people complain on that Heroes show, about how a woman can turn herself into water even?

  • Kalvin P

    Fuck all you haters.

  • wkm6322

    Cue the final scenes where it seems like Skye is going to pull through thanks to magic tube!

    hello? did u forget thet skye isnt even a normal human to begin with? she’s an 084, probably has some super power and stuffs, “this” is a marvel remember? if u want something “logic”, dont watch superheroes movie and show. some character can fly just by being a mutant, what scientific explanation are u looking for?

Click Here