‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ released the second episode of its fourth season this week, “Meet the new boss”, and a fun time was had by all. We finally met the new S.H.I.E.L.D. director, got more information on the “ghost” from last week and saw more of the fire blazing bad ass that is Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider.
I will start getting into spoiler territory from here on out so a SPOILER ALERT is in order. Still here? Okay cool. Let’s get down to business. Here’s my review in four slices:
#1 I see dead people
Remember the ghost lady from the last episode, the one that was giving folks hallucinations. Well she came back, can talk and has friends. We dug deeper into the mystery of these ghosts and they appear to be the victims of some failed science experiment so they may not really be ghosts at all.
I was expecting them to go a more chain rattling horror route, especially with this episode’s poltergeist opening, but I am glad they are taking this path. Giving the ghosts sentience and personality made them much more interesting and I especially liked the one with the vocal disability. There was also mention of a book (Necronomicon maybe) and a “him”, who may be the big bad we are expecting.
#2 Hanging with Ms Daisy
Our little lost Daisy went all stalker on Robbie and we had that amazing scene when she used her powers to propel herself on to his moving muscle car. And what does Robbie do? Like a good Ghost Rider he fires up and shakes her off.
While this scene was exciting, and I enjoyed all her chats with Robbie, my favourite scene was between her, Mack and Fitz. It was a whole feels train with Mack patching her up and pleading with her to come back, Fitz feeling betrayed and Daisy still stuck in guilt and self-hatred. Come back home Daisy. Come back home!
#3 Call him MR Director
As mentioned above we got to meet the new director Jeffrey (Jason O’Mara) and I just loved him. He was cool and witty with a hint of condescending. O’Mara really brought an energy into his scenes and he played off Clark Gregg’s straight man Coulson perfectly. And I enjoyed Coulson showing off all his SSR history knowledge during the tour and half expected him to whip out his Captain America collectible cards.
Returning to the director I was already enjoying the character when it is revealed that he is enhanced. I was difficult to see him roughing up May who went all cuckoo for cocoa puffs due to the hallucinations; let us all hope she gets well soon. The director’s name was kept secret but he may be Marvel Golden Age superhero Jeffrey Mace aka Patriot aka one of the Captain Americas. And that is pretty cool in my book.
NB – Nice Sokovia Accords and Captain America going rogue shout outs.
#4 He’s so hot right now
Finally we get to our breakout star, Gabriel Luna as Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider. I enjoyed his performance in the premiere but he was even better this episode. He was so dark and menacing, even when his head was not aflame. And the scene where he ashed that ghost was too awesome. At the end he tells Daisy that all the ghosts and gangs coming together may have to do with him. Dunh dunh dunh!
Rating: This episode was great and definitely a return to form after a somewhat crowded premiere. “Meet the new boss” gets 3.25/4 flaming skulls.
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