Wow! "T.R.A.C.K.S." was just all around great! It may not have been the deepest most character defining episode of the series, but the significantly darker tone, more violence, and the all around cool spy work with a healthy dose of humor resulted in a fantastic episode. It may not necessarily be everyone's favorite, but "T.R.A.C.K.S." really impressed me, not to mention the shocking ending with Skye being shot! Even before the episode was finished, I was thinking, "Hey, this a cool episode, and it might be the best!" and that ending solidified it as my favorite. The only problem with the ending is that I did not feel as shocked I should have felt since I was anticipating Skye to show her special power and that never happened, which felt me with an odd feeling. But the true standout in the episode was most certainly May and her general butt-kicking awesomeness throughout the episode. I loved the part where the guy stabs her and she uses the thing to kill all of the guys. We need more action scenes like that one because that was majorly cool. Also, the episode was a lot more violent with more blood than other episodes, which is always a plus. Her banter with Ward was great as well in the episode, especially that line about May telling Coulson about their relationship. Ward appearing to get jealous when Coulson helps May with the her injury was a good scene and I hope that some good conflict will come out of it, providing it does not result in a "love-triangle," which would be incredibly annoying.
Showing what happened in the episode from different perspectives was a brilliant move by the writers! Normally that type of storytelling is annoying, but it was executed excellently in the episode. It gave each character spotlight briefly, but May shined the brightest. The entire train setting reminded me of the episode "Train Job" from Firefly, and the setting in general reminded me of the James Bond movie, From Russia with Love, which was cool. After the stories from different perspectives, Fitz and Skye breaking into the enemy's complex had a fun Mission Impossible espionage vibe, which made the episode even more enjoyable.
As usual, "T.R.A.C.K.S." had some great humor, particularly Simmons' planned out story with her "father" Coulson.
One of the parts of the episode for sure was Stan Lee's cameo! While I would have liked him to have had a larger part in the episode since he can finally play a villain like he has wanted to do since Agents of SHIELD offers that ability, but his words of encouragement were nonetheless perfect.
Note: This review was written before watching the recent episode this past week, which was even more awesome.
For another opinion, you check out T.M. Hall's review of Agents of SHIELD: 'T.R.A.C.K.S.' here.
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