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Season: 4
Episode: 1
Directed By: Billy Gierhart
Staring: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Henry Simmons
Synopsis: With a new director in place S.H.E.I.L.D is trying to adjust to their new roles while Daisy investigates murders from a new enhanced person.[/testimonials]

The 10pm moves was the right move and we got Ghost Rider

ITS BACK YALL!!! It seems like forever but the kickoff to the fall tv season at least for Comic Book fans is officially here. There where two big new stories during the offseason of Agents of Shield. The first was the news that the show was being moved back to 10pm. At first glance it seemed like something the network would do when they don’t have confidence in the show, but the show runners and marvel said it was so they can try something different and change the feel of the show and boy were they right. This episode was a blending of the tone of the MCU movies as well as the dark and gritty Netflix series. We saw more blood, sexuality and dark content in this episode than most of the first 3 seasons combined. The success of the Netflix shows obviously has led Marvel and ABC to implement some of those elements into Agents of Shield and a great way to do that was the second big news story of the off season, and thats the introduction of Ghost Rider to the new universe.


Ghost Rider makes his TV debut

Ghost Rider has not been seen in the national stage since the two horrible Nicholas Cage movies and if this first epsidoe was any indication of whats to come… those films need to be burned forever. The choice to use the Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider is another example of Marvel understanding the importance of diversity and representation and Gabriel Luna seems to have the role down pack. This version of Ghost Rider seems to be brutal, and unforgiving in his vengeance toward people who have darkness in their hearts. We see him kill multiple people in this first episode including members of the Aryan Nation… thats right he out here killing White Supremacists. This was just the first episode but have already seen Robbie interact with Daisy who is still on the run and somewhat of a vigilante and it seems that they may have formed some type of weird powered people relationship that will probably be expanded in the coming episodes. But probably the biggest takeaway from Ghost Rider in this episode was how fantastic the Special FX were. He looked amazing and the transformation between Robbie and the Ghost Rider along with the flames on his car show that Marvel and ABC are fully behind this show and investing a signifiant amount of money into it.

What’s Up With Everyone Else


Simmons is now in charge

Outside of all the cool stuff with Daisy aka Quake and Ghost Rider, we check in on Coulson who is no longer the director and now partnered with Mack (which is an awesome buddy cop pairing), Fitz and Simmons still working together in a separate area from the rest of the team and May is still kicking ass although for some reason Simmons is now her senior which creates and interesting dynamic. We also see that Yo Yo and Mack are probably gonna hook up before the end of this season and Radcliffe has made great strides with his life model decoys. But, the biggest easter egg was the constant reference to the “Director” who seems to be someone with very little compassion and not to fond of the old crew being together. I assume we will find out who this director is within the first 3 episodes and I expect it will be someone we know and not a new character. The show has significantly reduced its main characters with Hunter and Mockingbird leaving the show which allows the show to develop relationship and characters better if give everyone more screen time.

It seems that Mack and Coulson are still trying to get Daisy back on the team while SHIELD as an organization sees her as a rouge powered person who needs to be captured and stopped. Simmons seems to have the voice of the director but understands that the new director cannot be trusted while Fitz is lying and hiding information from Simmons about Radcliffe’s life model decoys because he knows how close she has become with the director. All of these plot lines setup interesting storylines for the rest of the season.

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Meet The New Boss

Agents of Shield Ghost Final Take

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[list_item]Trimming of Cast allows for a more streamline story[/list_item]
[list_item]The move to 10pm makes the show darker and more gritty [/list_item]
[list_item]The increase in special effects budget stands out and is well spent[/list_item]
[tab]Still waiting on the flashback to fill in the blanks of what happened after HIVE[/tab]