AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
SEASON 4, EPISODE 4- "LET ME STAND NEXT TO YOUR FIRE"
Tonight's episode had such highlights as Quake rekindling with Hellfire. Coulson and Mack teaming up with Ghost Rider. Ghost Rider and Coulson have a street race! And Radcliffe teaching his android the importance of lying. It was a fun episode tonight, and it proved that two subplots in one episode is probably best for this show.
Quake met up with Jemma, she needs her help. Quake knows that even though S.H.I.E.L.D. is new and improved, there are still leaks. There are still corrupt corners of the organization. She knows, somehow and someway, The Watchdogs terrorist group is getting classified information on Inhumans in the United States and they are using that information to exterminate the Inhumans. Quake and Jemma work together to pinpoint someone who can lead them to The Watchdogs. That Inhuman just happens to be James from last season. You remember James AKA Hellfire. He was the HIVE henchman who used the flaming chain that tricked lots of Marvel fans into thinking Ghost Rider was coming to the show (which now makes Ghost Rider's introduction in this new season slightly ironic). I was hoping that "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was going to wipe James' slate from last season clean. That Hellfire would take his rightful spot in S.H.I.E.L.D. and in the Secret Warriors and we would get a Quake, Yo-Yo and Hellfire team-up. No such luck. James is in cohorts with The Watchdogs, helping them trap Inhumans. So that he can "be the last one to die." I think that's what he said, but that motivation seemed a little flat. So yeah, James is depressed and stuck in life with no motivation when Quake and Jemma happen upon him, but that's really why he's still a villain?
It doesn't matter that much. Coulson, Mack and Ghost Rider come and save the girls from the clutches of James and The Watchdogs. Watching Ghost Rider and James go mano-a-mano was entertaining enough and I am glad Ghost Rider's flaming skull wasn't a "one episode sighting." (Something that could be said about HIVE last season, and Mr. Hyde the season before last). Quake and Jemma together made a fun team, and it was a highlight of tonight's episode to watch both of them work together. Though the possible Hellfire, Yo-Yo and Quake team-up is MISSED OPPORTUNITY #3,000 that "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has made.
So you are probably wondering how Coulson and Mack ended up with Ghost Rider? Well Coulson and Mack just happened to be at the right place at the right time. Coulson met with Ghost Rider's uncle Elias Morrow (Jose Zuniga) about his falling out with the corporation he once worked with, which is the link to the ghosts wondering around S.H.I.E.L.D which drew Agent May insane earlier this season. If you know the comics, you will recognize the name Elias Morrow, but it doesn't seem like this is the Morrow from the comic books. He's still very much alive and still human. Coulson gets in Lola, his old red convertible and races Ghost Rider, which turns out to be one of my favorite moments of the series so far. I loved it! Loved it! We didn't learn too much more about the ghosts and the book they want. But that looks to be the focus of next episode. I love the mystical, comic-booky road they are taking with this season and I'd much rather see this stuff unfold than the old government corruption we have already seen time and time again on this show, with the whole Watchdogs angle. I know the show gearing up to tie into "Doctor Strange," but the show itself can still pay off from it.
And Radcliffe? I can't read if he has bad or good intentions. Why couldn't he be upfront with Coulson that Aida was an android, and his plans for Life Model Decoys? I hope Radcliffe isn't a villain, I want John Hannah in all future "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." seasons until the end of time! I will be interested to see how this Life Model Decoy story unfolds.
This was a solid hour of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.S" and one of their better episodes overall. What did the rest of you think?