Sunday, October 16, 2016

Let's talk Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a moment

agents of s.h.i.e.l.d. simpsons style

But first . . . hee, hee . . . couldn't resist that banner image when I found it online. I miss the old Simpsons.   *sigh*

Anyways . . . over the last two episodes, the much ballyhooed team up between Daisy and the Ghost Rider actually happened . . . sort of . . . and lasted like 5 minutes. What a bummer.

Daisy used her hacker skills to find out everything she could about Robbie Reyes and then ambushed him at his day job at the junk yard/garage he works at. After getting her ass kicked the first time she fought him, she pushed her luck approaching him again and tried to provoke him. Which didn't work out exactly as she had hoped. After a brief struggle, Reyes leaves Daisy at the junk yard with a broken arm to pursue those ghosty things that showed up in the previous episode.

It turns out that these ghosts are actually humans who have been phase shifted out of our reality due to some nefarious experiment they were working on to achieve some as yet unexplained "power" from a mysterious book or artifact known as The Darkhold. This was accomplished at some now closed down next-gen power facility. The S.H.I.E.L.D. guys in the form of Fitz and Mack show up at the facility, Momentum Labs, to find out what's going on and what might have happened to Agent May since she's totally around the bend after her encounter with the "ghosts."

Daisy and Robbie show up separately and end up saving Mack and Fitz as they're cornered by the other ghosts who have been released from the interdimensional boxes that held them captive. As the Rider, Robbie is able to touch the ghosts and destroy them.

I liked that both Mack and Fitz were able to see the Rider so we could avoid the dreaded "Scully effect" where no one actually sees whatever mysterious thing that other members of a team sees.

That episode ends with Robbie finding Daisy and offering to take her along to find out more about the ghosts, since he believes his uncle may be part of what's going on with them. This recent week's episode starts out promisingly, having Robbie and Daisy work together during a blackout caused by the Watchdogs. But after saving Robbie's little brother from some rioters/looters, the pair go back to Robbie's home, where Gabe reveals to Daisy he knows who she is and wants her to stay away from his big brother. Gabe doesn't know about Robbie's night job (which I thought was a cool way Robbie refers to it) and thinks he is actually keeping his big bro safe and grounded. Daisy disappears while Robbie is out acquiring some medical stuff to help with Daisy's broken arm.

And that was it for the big team up. Perhaps they'll work something out later in the season, but I was hoping for a bigger few moments with the two of them working and fighting together. Oh well.

They're going to have to do something about Daisy's arm, which is solid black and blue now and shatters even more with each use of her powers. Is this where the gauntlets we've seen in character images of Quake come in? I'm wondering if Fitz will put something together for her on the sly since through various exchanges we see the folks in the team still care about Daisy and want her back.

A lot of cards are now on the table now as Mack knows about Elena (Yo Yo) helping Daisy out, knowledge of the Rider is confirmed (and we're hinted that Coulson captures Robbie, briefly at least in the next episode), there's a subversive group within the government helping the Watchdogs to either eradicate or capture the Inhumans -- we see a Senator named Nadeer feeding them intel and we see her husband covered in the exo cocoon brought on by exposure to the terrigen crystals. And we finally get to learn who the new S.H.I.E.L.D. Director is -- Jeffrey Mace, known from the comic books as The Patriot. A non-powered hero type. But in this case, an Inhuman with abilities that seem to include invulnerability and increased strength.

With no more debates to muck up our Tuesday evenings, I'm hoping we'll get some uninterrupted viewing now. At least until the election in November.

Here's some fun character images I found, including one that shows that awesome Charger of the Ghost Rider:

agents of s.h.i.e.l.d. phil coulson
agents of s.h.i.e.l.d. daisy quake
agents of s.h.i.e.l.d. fitz
agents of s.h.i.e.l.d. ghost rider
agents of s.h.i.e.l.d. henry simmons
agents of s.h.i.e.l.d. melinda may
agents of s.h.i.e.l.d. gemma simmons

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