Howdy ladies and gents of the interweb, time for my review of episode 17 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled “Turn, Turn, Turn“. Okay so after a good returning episode last week, we finally have the episode that ties into Captain America: The Winter Soldier and obviously if you have seen the film recently, then you know that the actions of that film have ramifications that should effect this show too. So how has this week’s episode fared? Read on and find out. Spoilers to follow yo!As usual in these reviews I’m just gonna present the plot and then say what I liked and what I didn’t like. Cool? Okay let’s keep going.
Coulson and his team find themselves without anyone they can trust, only to discover that they are trapped with a traitor in their midst.
What I Liked
Damn, this was some good stuff. This episode featured a lot of tension, character development and good story details with genuine twists that some wouldn’t see coming. While this isn’t my favourite episode, that would still be “T.R.A.C.K.S.” for me, however I would say that “Turn, Turn, Turn” is the best episode of the series so far. So since a lot of stuff went down in this episode I’m just gonna go through a few highlights below:
- Coulson Don’t Trust No Man: Poor Coulson, this guy is in freak out mode. Not only does he think that May is a traitor to his team (and he totally treats her like a criminal), but he then starts to suspect that Fitz and Simmons are possible people under suspicion too. Hydra Lives Within S.H.I.E.L.D.: So just like in The Winter Soldier, Hydra decides to come out of the shadows and become known within S.H.I.E.L.D. which obviously causes confusion and fear within the our team and makes you look at everyone at the Hub like they’re all dodgy. It made for some tension and moments of uncertainty.
- Victoria Hand Is Bad… But Then She Isn’t?: So at the end of “End of the Beginning” it looked like Hand was the bad guy and wanted Coulson and his team dead. Even in this episode she looked like she was part of Hydra, spouting all that talk of join Hydra or die to Agents Simmons and Triplett. But in the end she was just undercover, she was one of the good guys after all. Colour me surprised. I seriously thought she was Hydra, but I am kind of happy to know that she was good, it was a cool switch around from the writers.
- Melinda May Still Shines Under Pressure: Poor May. Since the beginning she’s been my favourite character because of her kick ass martial arts skills, mysterious past and silent but dangerous nature. She’s gotten better and better with time. So it pains me to see her under suspicion from Coulson, that being said, with her reporting to Nick Fury on that private line on the Bus, Coulson has every reason to not trust her. The fact that she not only knew about Coulson’s recovery, but been reporting to Fury from the beginning and assembled the team instead of it being Coulson was an insane revelation.
- Agent Garrett is Actually The Clairvoyant?: So this was again a bit of a surprise. My man Garrett, who I’d really gotten to like in the short time he has been part of the show is actually one of the bad guys. To be honest I should have suspected it, but I did like how his character has gone from being a cool recurring SHIELD agent to a pretty important bad guy. Now while Coulson accused him of being the Clairvoyant, he didn’t say that he specifically was, so there may be a chance that he’s just an accomplice working for the real man in charge. But hey I guess we’ll see in episodes to come.
- Agent Ward is Dodgy After All!: This was the real game-changer. I know that Ward was under suspicion last episode, but I thought that he was too plain and nice to be a bad guy. But damn I was so wrong. Ward you cheeky bastard, you hid in plain sight, acted all boring, got some creditability in the last few episodes and now you’re a bad guy? You shoot two agents and Victor Hand, and you’re working for Garrett? You punk. But hell this makes for some really good story material. I can’t wait for Coulson and the team to find out and see how this affects Coulson and Skye especially (Coulson totally gonna feel like a fool for focusing his hate on May when it should have been directed over at Ward yo).
What I Disliked
Now for what I didn’t like and while my problems with the episode were minor at best it is still worth talking about. Firstly this episode was meant to tie-in with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and while it did just that, I was hoping for more than just the Hydra infiltration and a small mentioning of Nick Fury’s [apparent] death and S.H.I.E.L.D. falling apart. Also I was a bit confused about the timing of this episode and where it takes place in relation to The Winter Soldier. I think because this episode took place right after the last took, the events of this episode must have taken place during the night when Cap and Black Widow discovered Arnim Zola, then recruited Falcon, then took Hydra and Cap destroyed the Helicarriers. Outside of those nitpicks it was a great episode.
In conclusion “Turn, Turn, Turn” is probably the best episode of the series, it involves a lot detailed story elements from both the recent Captain America film and this TV series with many twists and turns. While I expected a bit more ties to The Winter Soldier film, the episode was definitely smart and thrilling and shows us that AoS has evolved since its inception into a good TV which long-term fans are getting the best out of.
Rating: 8.5/10 (The smartest, most thought-provoking episode yet)
So what did you think of “Turn, Turn, Turn“? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for episode 18!