AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
SEASON FOUR, EPISODE SEVEN-"DEALS WITH OUR DEVILS"
Its been almost a full month since we last had an episode of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and the last time we were all together, it was on the eve of "Doctor Strange." What's always been fun about "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is how the show ties into the movies being released. Ghost Rider got his powers from a magical source, this entire season has been dabbing in the magical realms, and Doctor Strange got his powers from a magical source. I know the TV show usually gets leftovers from the movies and the movies have yet to really recognize the TV side of things in any form, but that doesn't mean that this isn't all in the same universe. I was a little disappointed to find out that there was no link whatsoever to what happened in "Doctor Strange," if you look for that stuff in this show, you will be equally disappointed.
To be honest, with what's going on this season, I wouldn't know how they could fit Doctor Strange in anywhere. A simple acknowledgement would have done the trick, but there was a lot to stuff into this episode. Eli set that ghost machine off last episode, which sucked up Robbie, Coulson and Fitz into some kind of white light. As tonight's episode begins, Mack and Melinda try searching for Coulson and Fitz, but Director Mace feels they might be dead. They are not dead, they just aren't in the realm. They landed in some other existence, they can see everyone around them. They just can't be seen or heard. Melinda recruits Dr. Radcliffe to help them and with the assistance of his AI, they are able to bring Coulson and Fitz back into existence.
Meanwhile, Mack goes after the Chinese gangs who worked with Lucy for answers, Melinda tries some dark magic to bring Coulson back, and Director Mace may not be trusted. He sent Jemma on a secret mission to look at a Inhuman cocoon, she briefly studies it before being whisked away in a black bag. Why is director Mace conducting so much secrecy? We know that Mace has had contact with the US senator who is racist against Inhumans. I am wondering if Mace is going to end up being a bad guy, I could certainly see it happening. I like Jason O'Mara so far on this series, I am hoping he sticks around because I like his acting and I dig his character, it would be too bad if he were to end up a villain. With how things are shaking out I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up on the bad side of fence. I think Dr. Radcliffe's AI is definitely up to something bad. The sting before the end of the episode I think all but confirmed this, look out for her.
Another thing...Mack as a Ghost Rider? I don't know if that is built to last or if it was just a one-time thing, but boy seeing Mack like that was a crazy. I'd love to see a flamed out Mack carrying his shotgun-axe. That would be pretty cool to get the rest of the season of that, but I think I missed if Ghost Rider saved him or not. I'd love to see Robbie and Mack, walking arm-in-arm, tearing shit up against the bad guys. It will be interesting to see where Eli goes from here, who did a good job taking out S.H.I.E.L.D. agents tonight. There are lots of threads dangling about, but the show is doing a good job stringing them all together.
What did everyone else think?