Ghost Rider turns up the heat and makes things dark for our S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.
Warning: Hot SPOILERS in this review.
Oh, my goodness, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back on the air for its fourth season! Despite all the naysayers that formed during the show’s underwhelming half of Season One, the show picked up momentum thanks to its ties to the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and it hasn’t slowed down since. Season Three was not only a solid season overall, but quite possibly the show’s best season to date. It brought higher stakes action and suspense, and things got extremely personal which added some gut-wrenching drama. Lives were lost. On top of all that, the team became stronger than they’ve ever been, making the show extremely satisfying to watch for the fans that stuck around from the beginning or for those who decided to give the show a chance once positive word of mouth spread around the internet. Needless to say though, Season Three set the bar very high.
Season Four skyrocketed to a very promising start. Of course, the producers promised a lot during 2016’s Comic Con, announcing the addition of Ghost Rider to the show. Although admittedly, I would have loved to see the Johnny Blaze version, Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna) seems to be a good fit for the show. Now, this was only the first episode and we have plenty of time to see this character develop and how he’ll make this story go around, but his entrance was simply bad ass, period. His encounters with Daisy were so intense too. I was very impressed to see his transformation as the Ghost Rider, considering this was a network TV show I was watching. Yep, I’m very excited to see more of the Spirit of Vengeance as this season moves forward. What they gave us in this first episode was more than I could have asked for.
Daisy has definitely embraced her Quake persona. She’s made it very clear she wants no attachments with her former S.H.I.E.L.D. agents as of now, given the fact that she’s taken the loss of Lincoln very hard. Still, she out there, kicking ass, fighting the good fight, but without the limitations of S.H.I.E.L.D. And of course, we learn as her quake abilities grow stronger, her body gets weaker. Ain’t that the Marvel way? It does however add an intriguing high risk factor to her character that has me more invested in her. And um, I gotta admit, her new dark, gothy look and dark eyeshadow is quite sexy. Miss Chloe Bennet has come such a long way in this series. She simply rocks.
A lot has apparently changed within S.H.I.E.L.D., given personnel has been divided into sections, making some of our heroes work separately from each other. Oh, yeah, and there’s a new director of S.H.I.E.L.D.., which we did not meet in this episode. Kinda annoying. I hope they don’t keep him a secret for too long. I know there are articles on the character, but I have not and will not read them. Coulson has been demoted to a field agent, and while that kinda sucks, it’s great to see him work alongside with Mack. Fitz-Simmons is still a thing and thank goodness for that. I was a little worried with time passing, something could have went south in their relationship. Although now, Gemma has a high ranking position in which she is closer to the new director than her fellow agents. This means she can give out orders to the team… even to May, who now has her own strike team. Seeing Gemma as a authority figure slightly takes away some of her likability, but I can’t lie, it’s kinda hot seeing her in charge. Plus, she is only trying to protect her job and is actually looking out for the team’s well being. This does kinda affect Fitz-Simmons though because Gemma is working long hours, taking time away from Leo. Okay, okay, give the relationship its challenges, fine. But I’m warning you, producers… don’t mess with our OTP, Fitz-Simmons.
Adding John Hannah as a cast regular is a welcomed choice. His character Radcliffe is making a new android, AIDA, so we’ll see where that goes. And Yo-Yo is still around, flirting with Mack one minute, giving intel to Daisy the next. I’m just glad to see her still on the show.
I have to admit, I’m diggin’ the darker tone and more violent nature the episode was giving off. There was still plenty of humor and tongue-in-cheek moments, but as this series continues to intensely evolve, a darker tone is very much welcomed. I like that Coulson wasn’t focused on finding Daisy, but rather finding a mysterious box that seems to make people go crazy and kill each other. Yes, the phrase “What’s in the box?” came to mind. I like that Daisy had the freedom to chase after Robbie without her former teammates begging her to re-join the team.
I didn’t really have any issues with this episode other than it went by so damn fast. I wanted to catch up with these characters with as much detail as possible, but some interactions felt all too brief. The action was fierce and bloody, making the new 10 pm timeslot seem like a valid schedule choice. This episode did a hell of a job in maintaining my interest in the show. I’m a die hard fan on AOS, no doubt, and because of that, I’m going to try to write weekly reviews for this show that I love to show my support. However, with that said, I wouldn’t be too upset if this season was a step down from the incredible third season. However, with this hot season premiere, the blazin’ debut of Ghost Rider, and the possibility of this season having a strong link to upcoming Doctor Strange film, I do believe Season Four is going to heat things up in the best way on TV. Okay, I’ll stop with all the fire puns.