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.