VOD TV review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 17 (Turn, Turn, Turn)
Neil Brazier | On 01, May 2014
To coincide with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the agents have to deal with the ramifications of what is happening inside their own agency – and you can be sure there’ll be treachery afoot!
After seeing the movie, everyone questioned what it meant for the TV series. This episode doesn’t yet give those answers. What it does deal with is tensions, emotions and allegiances, taking us on a ride as if we’ve been carjacked by Quicksilver.
It’s standard practice to lead the viewer on and then hit them with a curveball. Here, we are not so much hit but pelted with them, each played louder and sharper than the last, building to an almost deafening crescendo. Fortunately, they all work, building and destroying our emotions without wearing us out.
The series has been playing to the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the start, to varying success, and it’d be interesting to know if the direction of the show had to change after the events of The Winter Soldier. This episode does feel slightly thrown together as if the Captain America sequel blew up the script, leaving Coulson to tape together the pieces. Other characters are mentioned in passing conversation, as if to say “We have a big problem here, but lets remember we’ll come back to Deathlok later”. But this is Marvel – even if nobody is on the same page, they know how to react.
This week’s episode will leave you feeling stunned and shocked, wondering whom to trust and what could possibly be thrown at us next. Turn, Turn, Turn shows Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. doing a great job of expanding the Marvel Universe – even if it has to sacrifice its own world to do so. It’s taken a long time to get here, but this, finally, is the vision the show wanted to pursue – even if it needed two Marvel movies to shove it in the right direction.
Just what is it leading to? And what impact will it have on the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Whatever the answer, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been on strong form in recent weeks – and it keeps getting stronger.