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  • Episode: T.R.A.C.K.S. (Season 1, Episode 13)
  • Starring: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, J. August Richards, Stan Lee,
  • Written By: Lauren LeFranc and Rafe Judkins
  • Directed By: Paul A. Edwards
  • Network: ABC
  • Studio: Marvel Studios, Mutant Enemy, ABC
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:T.R.A.C.K.S. Review

Hey Look! Stan Lee!

By Tim Janson     February 05, 2014

Deathlock arrives on SHIELD.
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Even before the final segment of last night’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode, when the camera zoomed in for a close up on the manufacturing tag on a certain cybernetic leg, we already knew…Yes, we got DEATHLOK!  First implied a couple of weeks ago, there was no mystery this night.  No cute hinting around it.  But before we get there let’s look at the rest of this week’s show.

The team is tracking an important package purchased by evil businessman Ian Quinn which is being transported by train through Italy.  The team goes undercover aboard the train but their cover is quickly blown.  Here’s where the episode gets interesting.  The next few segments are told from different team member’s perspectives cutting from the present to the recent past to show what happened to each of them.  Coulson and Ward have to leap from the train as they apparently watch it disappear before their eyes.  May is captured and beaten before making her escape.  Skye tracks the package to Quinn’s mansion and sneaks inside and is shocked by what she discovers.

She finds Mike Peterson unconscious in a hyperbaric chamber, badly scarred and missing his right leg at his knee (which we saw in “The Magical Place”).  Quinn arrives and the contents of the package are revealed: a high tech cybernetic, prosthetic leg.  And it’s also revealed that Mike is now working with…or being controlled by the mysterious Clairvoyant.  Quinn shoots Skye leaving her for dead where she is found by Coulson and taken back aboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. The Hyperbaric chamber is keeping her alive…but barely.  The ep closes with the above mentioned close up of Peterson’s new leg with a tag reading “Deathlok Project”.

Now, true Marvel Know-it-Alls knew even before the cybernetic leg was shown where the episode was going.  Early on its mentioned that Quinn purchased the device from Cybertek which, in the Marvel Comics Universe, is a division of Roxxon Oil, and where Michael Collins, the third character named Deathlok, was created. But will Peterson be the only Deathlok or will Centipede try to build an army of cyber-soldiers?  Will Peterson get more enhancements to make him look closer to the comic book version?  The comic book Deathloks were always more machine than man.  Whatever happens, Deathlok is a great character for the show.  He’s not a household name and he’s not overly powerful to the point where he wouldn’t fit well within the confines of a TV show.

As dire as it looks for Skye we know she isn’t going to die.  The question is, will her implied powers be the thing that saves her?  It was one of Chloe Bennet’s strongest episodes yet.  The same can be said for the incredible Ming-Na Wen.  She is breaking the mold of the tough guy role by being female and doing it with beauty and ass-kicking style.  She even stupefies Agent Ward.  One puzzling aspect to last night’s ep was how Peterson got into the hands of Centipede and the Clairvoyant?

Like a lot of AOS episodes, “T.R.A.C.K.S.” tends to gloss over a lot of details. Skye’s infiltration of Quinn’s mansion was inexplicably simple.  Quinn’s shooting Skye felt forced and it was kind of a weird scene that played out between the two.  Hopefully everyone caught Coulson dropping Emil Blonsky’s (The Abomination) name and we now know where he has been kept since the end of the Incredible Hulk film.  And of course I can’t forget to mention the cameo by Stan Lee aboard the train who gives Coulson the business.  Great scene!  

I do have one problem this week not so much with this particular episode but the show in general…They took a month break over the holidays, then came back with two new shows before breaking again for three weeks.  Now after last night the show will again be on hiatus until March.  I get the fact that it’s a slow time for TV and the Olympics will be going on for a couple of weeks but it sure seems to be a silly way to try and build and audience and momentum.  We are getting four new episodes over a span of nearly three months. 
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vagabondster 2/5/2014 2:24:41 PM

WOULD MANIA PLEASE CUT IT OUT WTH THE STUPID VOLKSWAGON AD???????? I JUST WANT TO READ THE ARTICLES, NOT HAVE TO STOP AND RELOAD EVERY TIME THAT STUPID AD COMES UP. Thank you. I thought the ep was pretty good but yeah ot sucks that they gotta preempt it with "important" things like the olympics and whatnot 

samson 2/5/2014 2:31:13 PM

 Guys, the pop ups are making your site virtualy unusable for me.

Anyway, loved this episode. This show is getting better by leeps and bounds. Great review, Tim.

Ofcourse, ABC effs' up the momentum of the show. It's what the broadcast networks do. Yet,they wonder why they are losing viewers and find it hard to launch new shows.

axia777 2/5/2014 2:52:31 PM


samson 2/5/2014 3:58:52 PM


Adblock isn't working for my iPad. It's what i do most of my web browsing on. Desktop is mostly for work.


BunyonSnipe 2/5/2014 4:09:01 PM

Did he just say they need to find a cure for... BULLETS?!?

This sounds like a job for Charles Montgomery Burns!

jimvo99 2/5/2014 8:20:50 PM

Can't wait to see the finished Deathlok product. And I really wanna find out who this Clairvoyant is.

Dazzler 2/6/2014 4:26:20 AM

They are starting to finally listen to fans.  Deathlok is a fine choice to bring in.  I am not sure if Deathlok was black in the comics but race is not an issue this time.  Fine choice.  2nd string character also with no chance for movies is perfect.  I think they are finally getting their heads out of their butts.  I really did not have a problem with cast.  For a sec I thought they were going to end Sky's run on the show.  If anything this show should be a proving ground to see what would be good for movies for solo heroes.  They could even work on the dreaded woman hero demo which I still don't understand why they have trouble writing about women for super hero movies.  They just have to track what people are buying in comic books sales.  I don't mind the breaks in the show.  Give me time to watch the other better shows anyway that are on.  They could run one every 3 weeks for all I care.  Comic people are used to waiting a month for stories anyway.  I wonder if they ever could make a great 1 hour show once a month.  A 12 ep a year is not that bad as long as it's regular.  

ElBaz13 2/6/2014 5:51:17 AM

There were various incarnations of Deathlok and I do believe one of them was black. But Mike Peterson was not one of them. Peterson was created for the show.

Enjoying this show more and more. Still baffled on how Fitz and Skye got off the train to follow the bad guys who had vehicles and get there almost at the same time. LOL!

As for Skye "dying", well, they all hinted there was something special about her a few episodes back so I'm sure she will get out of it. My theory still stands that she is Jessica Drew. We'll wait and see.

ElBaz13 2/6/2014 5:56:01 AM

I also agree about the timing of the episodes. That's what the big major networks seem to do most of the time and I lose interest. I'm seeing that with a few shows right now.

That's why shows on AMC, HBO and Starz rule. No bullshiy. Straight new episodes every week with gaps (on AMC). I soooo much prefer that format. I would rather wait 2-3 months instead of having an episode here and there.  The major networks should just get away with that format. 24 and Lost use to make sure there were no reruns and straight weeks of episodes, why can't that trend continue?


tjanson 2/6/2014 6:24:45 AM

 Two of the Deathloks were black...the original and best Luther Manning, and Michael Collins who starred in the first ongoing Deathlok series that came out in 1990.  John Kelly was white as,,,i think...was the Jack Truman version.

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