Agents of Shield is back and this time with a vengeance. And when I say vengeance I mean they have added the biggest marvel hero they ever had on the show with the addition of Ghost Rider. But this is not the well known Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider that fans may know from the movies and comics but this is the newest person to don the skull in the comics Robbie Reyes. Let me start off by saying that this was a great choice. Bringing Robbie Reyes instead of Johnny Blaze because it gives the audience a character they recognize but in a different way. Gone is the fiery motorcycle but in its place is 1969 Charger. It’s a cool look that definitely gives this Rider his own feel and look. Speaking of look the CG for the character is excellent! On par if not better than it’s movie counterpart.
But in the end of day the show is called “Agents of Shield “and not “Ghost Rider” ( one could hope though). So how did the Shield side of things hold up. For the most part quite well. The main problem with the show is since its first season it’s has been an uphill battle. Fans came in expecting a show were Capt or Iron-man would pop in every season but when that didn’t happen it left many disappointed. This left the show in a constant uphill battle to be taken seriously. With each season improving on the last this could be the show’s best. What the show has done well for the past seasons is make you care about its cast. In a show that at first seemed like it was build around Coulson now feels like a ensemble cast.
It was very interesting to see were each of the characters are at this season. Coulson, no longer the director of Shield is now partnered with Mack working as an agent again. The dynamic between the two is great as the they search for Daisy (without the new director’s permission) who is now a fugitive/vigilante. Jemma is now second in command for the new director (who no one has seen) while May is team leader/trainer. It was good to see that Fitz and Simmons in a better place than they were last season. Even if it maybe short lived due to the current situation (more on that in a minute) Each one with their own subplot that so far is being woven in well. Fitz story seems the most interesting with the Life Model Decoy. I am very curious what is gonna happen with this story and how Simmons will react to Fitz keeping this big secret from her even if it’s justified.
Even with everything that went on in the episode ( I didn’t mention half of what happened) it never felt overwhelming. The episode keep a good pace even with the few small wonky moments it never lost it’s focus. Another small gripe that I had with the episode is that it felt like that just added in the Civil War reference just to add it in. It didn’t feel like it brought anything to the episode. Overall I am very pleased with how the episode turned out. Hopefully this is the start of us getting the Agents of Shield show we always wanted.
Score 8.5 out of 10