Tuesday, November 1, 2016




Easily the biggest complaint I had about this show last week was that it felt like a filler episode. "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has had lots of those types of episodes, and I figured this entire episode was going to be dedicated to the origin of Ghost Rider. Do I think Ghost Rider's origin is important? Yes, definitely. I mean, the title of this fourth season is literally "Ghost Rider," so of course he's incredibly important. But I didn't know if I needed one full episode dedicated to a deal with the devil.

Well, boy was I wrong.

Do we get the Ghost Rider origin? Yes, we sure do. But the entire episode is not dedicated to this origin. There is a lot more to the episode than just Ghost Rider's introduction. In fact, this is the greatest episode of the season so far.

Quake and Robbie bring Robbie's cousin to a S.H.I.E.L.D. base, and they both were planning to tell Robbie's cousin that he's been a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent this whole time. That lie evaporates quickly, as director Mace shows up with a tactical team, ready to apprehend Ghost Rider for his crimes. Coulson hides Quake, Robbie and his cousin. That's when we get into Ghost Rider's origin. Apparently, Robbie Reyes was a street racer with an awesome reputation, he takes his cousin to one of his races, that's when his car is attacked by gangsters. When he crashes the car and flies out of it to his death, that is when he makes a pact with The Devil, who looks exactly like Ghost Rider but on a motorcycle. Is this devil actually Johnny Blaze? Did he transfer his powers to Robbie? That's what could have happened and its brought to life by some incredible acting.

We also get a flashback to when Lucy and his husband became ghosts. The show links "Agent Carter" and "Daredevil" to the show. The Darkforce book is linked the zero matter from "Agent Carter" and Eli Marrow was experimenting with the book with Lucy and her husband. At first, it seems like Marrow is concerned over Lucy and her husbands obsession with the book. But we learn that Marrow just wanted the power for himself. I guess I was wrong, Eli is the villain he is going to be from the comics and the show just revealed their big bad. Right under an old Roxxon Oil base. This revelation I think felt exciting, surprising without coming off cliche. It was a powerful reveal.

The only thing that was disappointing about tonight was the sneak peak for Doctor Strange. Simply because nothing much happened in it. Usually these teases get you hyped for the movie, this sneak peak just featured footage that we have mainly already seen. Come on, Marvel!

But hey, Ghost Rider fought Director Mace and Mace got his ass kicked. That was cool.

What did everyone else think?

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