When this series was originally picked up, it was ordered for 13 episodes. Had that been the final order, the season would have ended here. This was well structured to act as a compelling cliffhanger to gain fan support for another season. Instead, we get 9 more this year.
Cast and Crew Information
Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson
Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May
Brett Dalton as Grant Ward
Chloe Benet as Skye
Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz
Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons
Written by Lauren LeFranc and Rafe Judkins
Directed by Paul A. Edwards
The team tracks high value technology on its way to delivery to Ian Quinn. Things do not go as planned.
They made it very difficult to be online in the past couple of weeks and still avoid the spoiler that came up in the final shot.
The structure is original for a prime time drama, although it’s been done before by Eisenstein, Kurosawa, Kubrick and more. It’s a difficult device to use effectively, and they did. I give it 5 out of 6.
The effects were nicely done, particularly when overlaying CGI over moving faces. That’s not simple. I give it 6 out of 6.
The story is well done, with a lot of notable events and great individual lines. It’ll be a month before the next episode, but it’ll be worth the wait to see where these are going. I give it 6 out of 6.
The acting was great. The guest stars also play well, largely because the bulk of them have played their parts before. I give it 5 out of 6.
The production was extra challenging this week due to the non-linear story structure, but they found a way to reorient the viewer without getting repetitive very quickly. I give it 6 out of 6.
The emotional response is strong. Every character is in a different place than the pilot, and we’ve got some significant actions that have taken them there. I give it 5 out of 6.
Overall, it’s a strong episode, and is definitely going to keep people interested in the “back nine” of the year. I give it 5 out of 6.
In total, T.R.A.C.K.S. receives 38 out of 42.