Episode Info

The team get help from an Asgardian to solve the secrets of the monolith that swallowed Simmons. Elsewhere, Agent May is at a crossroads.


Clark Gregg
as Phil Coulson
Ming-Na Wen
as Melinda May
Elizabeth Henstridge
as Jemma Simmons
Nick Blood
as Lance Hunter
Luke Mitchell
as Lincoln Campbell
Henry Simmons
as Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie
Blair Underwood
as Dr. Andrew Garner
Peter MacNicol
as Professor Elliot Randolph
Alex Hyde-White
as Lord Thornally
Daniel J. Wolfe
as Lord Manzini
Piers Stubbs
as Younger Lord
James Hong
as William May
Gabriel Luna
as Ghost Rider
Adrianne Palicki
as Barbara "Bobbi" Morse
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Critic Reviews for Purpose in the Machine

On the whole this was another great episode that continues this shows strong run from last season.

Oct 8, 2015 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

The writers fell back to some bad old habits for the sake of rushing along a season that hadn't been suffering from slow pacing.

Oct 7, 2015 | Full Review…