Directed By: Paul Edwards
Written By: Lauren LeFranc, Rafe Judkins

Returning Characters:

  • Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg)
  • Skye (Chloe Bennet)
  • Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen)
  • Grant Ward (Brett Dalton)
  • Leopold Fitz (Iain de Caestecker)
  • Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge)
  • Mike Peterson (J. August Richards)
  • Ian Quinn (David Conrad)

S.H.I.E.L.D. go Murder on the Orient Express style in this anachronistic, multi point of view instalment into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The team track down Cybertek industries, in pursuit of Ian Quinn, who, last episode, revealed his involvement with the overarching villain of the season.

The episode jumps back over the same small time-frame, advancing incrementally with every new characters point of view they come across, as they deal with an ambush aboard a train in the Italian countryside, betrayal and grenades that work the same as the team’s ‘Nite-nite’ guns.

I remember feeling so shocked and scared at Skye’s injury. I didn’t really like Skye too much throughout the earlier episodes, but by this one – episode thirteen – Skye has made herself a unique and invaluable member of the team, which I appreciate. The entire teams reactions were heartbreaking and crushing. Coulson, Simmons and Ward especially. Truly emotional stuff, their respective actors prove their brilliance in scenes like this.

However, this episode is a lot of fun (apart from the ending) and one of my personal favourite S.H.I.E.L.D. episodes. Ward and Coulson trying to navigate the holo-machine was hilarious! The narrative method is so well done and makes every ad break cliffhanger actually really engrossing, rather than eye-rolling. About here is where I tell people S.H.I.E.L.D. becomes one of the best series on American television today, and from here is where it proves week after week why it deserves that title.


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