‘Agents of SHIELD’: 10 Burning Questions for Season 4
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returns with a vengeance for the fourth exciting season in an all new time period, Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. ET. In the aftermath of their journey to another planet, Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the rest of the team were driven more than ever to put an end to the Hydra organization. Little did they know that they were up against the deadliest threat they’ve ever faced – an extremely powerful Inhuman, Hive, who was transported back from Maveth in the body of their worst enemy, Grant Ward. The team was able to thwart and kill Hive and take down Hydra, but they are all still mourning the death of fellow agent and Inhuman, Lincoln Campbell.
In light of the Sokovia Accords, and with Hydra obliterated, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been legitimatized again and no longer needs to operate in the shadows. Since the world presumes that Coulson is dead, the organization needed a new Director (Jason O’Mara) to be the face of the organization. Coulson finds himself back in the role as an agent and teamed with Mack (Henry Simmons), and together they are tasked with tracking down and confirming the presence of Enhanced people, aka Inhumans. They have been trying to track down and capture Daisy (Chloe Bennet), aka Quake, who has gone rogue in an attempt to atone for sins from the past. But with the world believing that Daisy is a dangerous outlaw who has taken down banks and bridges, the new Director has no qualms about taking her down for good. Agent May (Ming-Na Wen) is tasked with training specialist strike teams, and Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) have taken a big step forward in their relationship. But with Simmons’ new promotion as Special Advisor to the Director in Science and Technology, Fitz, as well as her former team members, finds it hard to confide in or trust her since she’s now the Director’s confidant.
Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna) will roar into the lives of Agent Coulson and the team as a junkyard mechanic who can turn on a dime into the terrifying Ghost Rider. Will Robbie be a friend or foe to S.H.I.E.L.D. – as well as the world, itself? Meanwhile, Fitz discovers that socially awkward genius and friend Dr. Radcliffe (John Hannah) has started putting the finishing touches on a new, secret invention.
I enjoyed the season premiere. I like that they aren’t going to tease Ghost Rider for half a dozen episodes before revealing him. For a TV budget, he looked pretty good. The new status quo is interesting for the regulars. Nice to see Yo-Yo again.
Best of all, no Agent Brick Hammerpenis!
If Aida is first LMD, what does that make Patton Oswalt’s characters?
An abortion that shouldn’t have happened xD
Yeah I was actually surprised by how good it looked. I mean, it’s not MY Ghost Rider but whatevs, he looked fine, probably better than in the CB. A bit too sleek and clean maybe, but I sort of like the look. Could become iconic for sure.
The rest of the cast, meh as usual, except Daisy. It looks like it’s gonna be yet another season of intra-Shield boring drama. Kinda sucks they never delivered on the whole “Secret Warriors” thing they were supposedly going for.
Oh and, gosh, how try-hard they were inserting “Sokovia accords” every time they could… it’s like the fat ugly cousin trying to sound cool or something… But hey, at least now the have a solid B+ character to play with… That’s pretty good. Well, as long as they don’t screw it up as badly as they did with Deathlok, that is…
So I watched the episode in two chunks and really need to rewatch at some points, but some thoughts anyway:
The good in the episode was very good - getting right to Ghost Rider was a good way to start the series off, the plot moved very well, it was fun to catch up with everyone and the cast has all settled well into their roles. Coulson and Mack make a good duo, and watching them chat and play backgammon was a lot of fun.
The effects were pretty decent, especially for TV, to the point that the CG fire looked better than the practical effects during the opening sequence. Daisy is getting to use her powers in more interesting ways, and Ghost Rider’s car worked a hell of a lot better than I was expecting, especially after that “phone camera” footage upthread.
The bad: a fanservice suiting up shot, really? Also, this whole New SHIELD Director is all touchy-feely and has borken up the team and the base is full of people and it’s not a family any more plotline is stupidly overhanded already, and we’re only one episode in. Hoping there’ll be some twist to the obviousness.
This week in Grant Ward names: Agent Second Cosmic Velocity.
Miqque- I thought I was the only one that would be bothered by this. Details like this annoy me.
They never referred to Koenig as anything other than brothers. People assumed they were LMDs but they were never called that in the show.
This week was a bit of a slow burn. I’m still not feeling the changes in SHIELD storyline, though the new director being an Inhuman was a nice twist.
The character moments made this episode good - Mack and Fitz are still a great team and their interaction with Daisy at the end of the episode was the top moment.
Also, if Daisy still has a photo of Agent Hey, Remember Me, that means he has to come back.
I think we’re on a fast road to Bleeker Street.
Well they’re obviously capitalizing on Civil War and preparing the “magic” connection to Doc Strange… I’m not always a fan of the half-assed “tie-ins” they do with the movies, but NuGhost Rider could be a nice addition. Although something tells me he’s not gonna be in the series for long because those FX are probably a bit too expensive for that show.
Actually, the GR f/x came in under budget.
i thought the pic was of Sparky the Inhuman
Eh, someone from the cover of Non-Threatening Boys magazine. Many of them are named Corey