Daisy goes to battle Ghost Rider at a terrible cost, and Coulson faces the new Director, and his bold agenda surprises them all.
Episode 2 – Meet the New Boss
It hasn’t hit October yet, but Agents of SHIELD brings the spooky in full effect with their follower to the season premiere. While their opener packed the action punched, the second episode firmly planted a plot that ties in strongly to Doctor Strange, Marvel lore and major shake-ups to the team as we know it.
There is a lot to be praised in the episode; Robbie and Daisy have extraordinary chemistry. It isn’t necessarily romance-geared, and if you want to ship QuakeRider, by all means do, but the two are walking a parallel path. By the end of the episode, it is clear that there are better off working together, especially with Robbie’s confession that he believes all of the weird things happening with the ‘ghosts’ are connected to him. We were also treated to Daisy v. Robbie round two, however with Daisy’s fractured arm and the pain mounting, she is easily overpowered and technically kidnapped by Robbie. Still, it was a treat to see Robbie’s Hellfire in use as well as the Hell Charger. The pair do work well together when it comes to saving Mack and Fitz from the ‘ghosts’ at the Momentum Alternative Energy Labs.
Speaking on Mack and Fitz, it was great to see them paired up again. For having shifted to a completely darker tone, the humor appears to pop more. We were definitely able to appreciate the quips between them and the ones other characters through out into the air. Fitz calls Mack a small tank, May says whoever redecorated the base needs to unclench and it is even delightful to see Coulson get excited over regaling the tales of Peggy Carter to a government committee touring the base.
Additionally, Henry Simmons who plays Mack, delivered in the emotional department. This episode took a quick turn from spooky to sad, and it was powered by his and May’s spiral into insanity. Heartstrings were surely pulled once Mack learned of Elena’s deception and Daisy refusing to come ‘home.’ Watching May lose her mind due to being touched by a ‘ghost,’ subsequently taking down her whole strike and team and being strapped to a gurney in a straight jacket. It almost overshadows the big reveal that the new director is an Inhuman. What’s interesting is that May felt the need to protect everyone else not realizing the problem was with her.
While the new directors powers aren’t explicitly defined further then super strength, that decision to put him at the end further complicates things for the team. While learning that Coulson intentionally stepped down and recommended and Inhuman, we see that he has his regrets over the matter, especially when the director gives him a taste of his own medicine with the ‘that’s classified,’ spiel. There still seems to be a lot of mystery surrounding the new director.
Speaking of the new director, with his first armed Jeffrey and show runners confirming his early 1940s roots, the rumor mill points us to believe that he is Jeffrey Mace. The name may not be familiar to many fans, but, in the 1940s Mace worked as a journalist for the Daily Bugle and was inspired by Captain America while only an exceptional athlete sans powers, he became a superhero named a the Patriot and at one point took up the Captain America mantle.
And guess what, that wasn’t even the biggest reveal of the episode. When the original ‘ghost’ Lucy heads to Momemtum Alternative Energy Labs and lets out her other friends, most likely other scientists, the one named Hugo throws out the word Darkhold. Doctor Strange fans rejoice because this is a direct reference to a book that he possesses at certain points. It is a magical book and thought to be more evil than the books it has inspired, which one is the Necronomicon. Lucy wants to get the book back thinking it can fix whatever happened to them, which was years ago. We’ll have to wait to see how this mystery pans out and how it further ties in to the Doctor Strange story, but it is fantastic to see such a bold move by the show.
Throughout the two episodes, Robbie has maintained that he sold his soul to become the Ghost Rider. In Marvel 616, it is believed to use the magic in it, that you must use souls. Could the book be what granted Robbie his ghostly alter-ego? Will this storyline meld into the LMD storyline where the ‘ghosts’ can inhabit the LMD bodies? Think of the hilarity that can ensue with Fitzsimmons try to come to terms with magic. We shall see
The third episode premieres on Oct. 11 due the United States vice presidential debate on Oct. 4. Titled The Uprising, the synopsis revolves around a global blackout complicating things for the team, this includes Jemma and Radcliffe trying to save May’s life. The stakes are certainly high and we are on the rope with them.
-Pops of humor
- Daisy v. Robbie Round Two
- Mack's acting
- New director is an Inhuman
- Doctor Strange a-plenty!
- Next episode can't come soon enough