AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
SEASON FOUR, EPISODE TWO- "MEET THE DIRECTOR"
At the beginning of this new season, we learned Phil Coulson is no longer director of S.H.I.E.L.D. We learned that the Sokovia Accords is in the process of legitimizing S.H.I.E.L.D. Since the world still believes that Phil Coulson is dead, a new director was appointed, because I guess The Avengers will never learn that Coulson is still alive. Anywho, Jason O'Mara is playing the new director. Jason O'Mara's character is only known as Jeff. But he is seems to be an understanding, capable director after one episode. Even though he's pretty much invulnerable and gives Melinda May a run for her money in a fight. Yes, its true, Jeff is an Inhuman.
But let's back up a little bit. Why was Melinda May trying to fight the new director? Not because he's the new villain. Not based on this episode. In fact it would be very cliche if Jeff ended up being the Big Bad of this new season, so I hope very much that this won't happen. But last week, S.H.I.E.L.D. obtained a mysterious box. When Coulson, May and Mack tried to get Daisy back last week, the intercepted a box and May was touched by a ghost. Not Ghost Rider, a full fledged ghost. Now, whenever she looks in someone's eyes, she sees creepy faces. Its beginning to drive her mad and she is starting to believe everyone is an evil spirit. So Jeff had to knock her out, because she was beating up everybody, including Coulson. Jeff plans to help her, but his methods are, of course, classified. I already liked the character O'Mara is playing. But again, I warn not to make him the villain, that is a tired out cliche, lets see where this new storyline leads us involving Coulson being an agent again. Not just an agent, but a governmental tour guide. Ha, no joke.
The ghost that touched May is linked to the box the team recovered in Los Angeles. Soon the same ghost who touched May infiltrates the S.H.I.E.L.D. and unleashes other ghosts inside the box. Apparently these spirits are angry because "someone" put them there for years and now they need to find "the book" to free themselves again, or some such conundrum. The point is that I think we just figured out what season four's mystery will be. This season is going to have a connection to "Doctor Strange," due in theaters in November. It makes perfect sense since this show always connects the dots to the movies. There is a whole new corner of the Marvel universe that is going to get unleashed and that is something to look forward to. The ghosts were unsuccessful, because Ghost Rider appeared, after a fight with Daisy, and literally destroyed one of the ghosts. At the very end of the episode Ghost Rider admits to Daisy that he may be linked to the ghosts and the box. What does it all mean? We will find out as the series progresses. I can't recall anything from the comic books to link these ideas, so it will be interesting to see where this is headed.
One thing I also loved about tonight's episode, Ghost Rider is NOT an Inhuman. Thank God, because putting every new character in this show into a box would be a mistake. There is so much appeal to Ghost Rider that ignoring that to connect it to the show would be stupid and tedious. I am sure we will learn more about his origin as the show progresses, but for right now, job well done on doing the character right. The show went way out of its way to make sure we know Ghost Rider is not an Inhuman, so thank you Marvel.
It was evident from the first episode that this season was going to feel different, but just because it feels that way, does not mean that is how it will go. Especially when dealing with "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Now I am truly starting to feel that this is going to be a different episode. The harder, bloodier parts of the finale were missing this time around, and I am wondering just how violent this season truly will be. Not saying that the show has to be bloody or violent to be good, but I wonder how hard this season will push the envelope. One thing is for sure, this is going to be one weird season.
What did everyone else think?