Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD “Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire” Review
Daisy and Jemma team up, Coulson and Mack chase down the Ghost Rider.
WARNING: FULL SPOILERS in this AOS review.
I’ve always loved it when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. mixed and matched its teammates. Obviously, the whole group is a team, but there’s always been specific pairings throughout the show. Daisy was practically inseparable from Coulson in seasons one and two, then she was parterned with Mack in Season three. Now, in season four, Mack and Coulson are partners – which has been a great pairing – and Daisy has become a lone wolf who occassionally needs the help of her former teammates. Come to think of it, I don’t think an episode has passed where she didn’t cross paths with S.H.I.E.L.D.. This week, it was Jemma Simmons who would work with Daisy. Hard to believe in the show’s fourth season, this was pratically the first time Daisy and Jemma truly collaborated. At least, I can’t recall them spending so much time together. It was a great pairing, and how can it be otherwise? Both Chloe Bennet and Elizabeth Henstridge are so incredibly talented, they terrific have chemistry with anybody.
Daisy needed Simmons to help her track down other inhumans through their security watches they wear so she could warn them about the Watchdogs. Turns out, Daisy’s whole plan was to recruit each inhuman so she could build a team that would fight back against the Watchdogs. Well, that didn’t work out. Of course, when your first choice was to contact James aka Hellfire, the same guy who fought alongside Hive from season three, you’re bound to get double crossed. It made more sense for him to be working with the Watchogs because I didn’t buy his now innocent act. Plus, it allowed us to see a quick little fire filled fight between Hellfire and Ghost Rider which would lead them to a fireworks shop. I wish the fight were longer, but I loved that we got some of that good ol’ self aware Marvel humor when Mack expressed concern that two fire beings were fighting in the explosive location, and Coulson said: “Who didn’t see that coming?’. Needless to say, firewwworks sparked throughout the sky. It was quite the spectical.
The confrontation between Daisy and the Watchdogs was quick and exciting, but her using her powers in her already weakened state broke her arm. It also put her back on a SHIELD jet where Coulson gave her a cold reception. He set aside his differences with her to get her and Ghost Rider on the team to take down the now clear threat. I guess after four episodes of Daisy not really going anywhere with her crusade, it was time to be put back on the team, even if she wasn’t ready.
So now we know more about the ghost lady from the Pasadena energy lab. We know her name is Dr. Lucy Bauer. Also, Robbie’s uncle used to work with her and her husband building a machine that creates matter. The experiment caused the deaths of almost everyone that worked in the lab. Lucy wants an evil book called The Darkhold aka the Book of Sins. This plot development is definitely going to require Ghost Riders assistance. We could very well see more dark and scary themes on Agents of SHIELD this season than usual.
May spent most of her time in a bed at Radliffe’s lab as AIDA and him ran tests to study her brain patterns after she died and was revived from last week.. So pretty much, science stuff happened. It was the weaker subplot of the night, but didn’t really bring down the pace. It actually added quite a bit of well paced humor. Even though it was yet another episode with May not kicking ass, it was fun to see her annoyed to be bed ridden. We also got to see more of AIDA (played by the very beautiful Mallory Jansen). It was a bold decision for Radcliffe to have AIDA work on May since he’s still trying to keep his android creation a secret. That’s why it was funny to see Fitz in panic mode when he arrived at the lab to see AIDA out in the open in front of May. Even funnier was when Simmons figured out immediately that AIDA was an android. Fitz tells her she’ll have to keep AIDA a secret from the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. It will be interesting to see if she can, being she’s not so good with lying.
This was yet another solid episode, in my opinion. It had a fine balance of action and story development. The car chase between Coulson (with Mack as his passenger) and Robbie was so well filmed and edited. It may have been one of the series’ best chase scenes. It was convenient though to see Robbie crash right in front of a grounded and cloaked S.H.I.E.L.D. jet though. The Ghost Rider effects continue to impress, as well as Gabriel Luna’s portrayal as him. His interactions with Coulson were rather engaging. Between the Watchdogs and the ghost doctor, S.H.I.E.L.D. is facing some very dangerous opponents, making this a very interstin season so far.