Agents of SHIELD Finally Gets the Gang Back Together

first_imgStay on target We all knew it would have to happen at some point. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was always about this strange team that Agent Coulson assembled working together. Even back during the unfocused, kind of terrible first season (at least before Captain America: The Winter Soldier came out), the show’s biggest strength was the dynamic between the agents.This season started off differently with Daisy off doing her own thing as the superhero Quake. S.H.I.E.L.D. also had a new director who restructured everything and split the team up. The awkwardness of everyone’s new roles was fun for a few episodes, but it was time to get everyone back on the same page. That’s exactly what this episode was for.The show opened with a scene that should make Fitz-Simmons fans happy. Simmons is checking out a new apartment for the couple to move into together and Fitz is complaining about how much it probably costs. Simmons’s apartment tour is interrupted by Daisy, whose arm is still all messed up and she has a bullet wound in her back. The reason for that last part is she ran into some Watchdogs and found out that they had a list of Inhumans’ names and GPS coordinates. Worse still, they got the information by hacking S.H.I.E.L.D.Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) and Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) together again. (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)Daisy forces Simmons to help her at gunpoint so Simmons can pass her next mandatory lie detector test. Yeah, seems like being the boss at S.H.I.E.L.D. really sucks. Daisy is surprised to learn that Simmons now has enough power in the organization to make hacking into S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Inhuman records easy. All she has to do is ask a subordinate to plug a random flash drive into her computer. For all its secrets and lie detectors, S.H.I.E.L.D. is the least secure spy operation.Daisy and Simmons figure out the Watchdog’s next target is likely James, or Hellfire from last season. They find him working in a fireworks shop, which sounds like a terrible idea. He explains the fireworks are a reminder of what he doesn’t want to be. Daisy and Simmons tell him the Watchdogs are after him and help him take off his tracking device. Daisy seemingly convinces him to join her in fighting the Watchdogs, and he tells them to meet him after work to grab some weapons from a Warehouse.Well, you’ve probably guessed by now that James is actually working with the Watchdogs. He was using his tracking device to allow the gang access to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s computers. The warehouse doors open to reveal a large group of Watchdogs. Daisy and Simmons are able to fight off a few of them and get away but are soon cornered by James.Who doesn’t love a good classic car chase? (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)Meanwhile, Coulson and Mack are trying to get to the bottom of who these ghostly figures are and where they’re going. Their search leads them to Robbie Reyes’s uncle, who is in jail for assaulting his boss. After getting nowhere with him, they see Robbie in the parking lot and give chase. And oh, what a spectacular car chase it is, featuring two pristine classic rides. Sadly, it’s cut short when Robbie’s car runs into a cloaked Quinjet.Don’t worry; the car is undamaged. One of the perks of working with the devil. Coulson convinces Reyes to help out S.H.I.E.L.D. and get some information from his uncle. They learn that the scientists were trying to create matter out of nothing. The boss was pushing too hard, and the experiment went wrong, turning them all into the ghosts we see them as today. The woman was actually the boss’s wife. They also learn that they are after an ancient book said to contain all knowledge.Before they can go after the book, Coulson gets the signal that James’s tracking device had gone offline. They head to the warehouse, taking Reyes with them. Reyes arrives just in time to stop James from killing Daisy and Simmons with a fiery chain. Reyes grabs it, and James tries to blow him up with his Inhuman-made bombs. It doesn’t work. The flaming skull comes out, and Ghost Rider uses the chain to whip James around. Finally, Ghost Rider has all his tools.The Ghost Rider we’ve been waiting for. (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)The pair bust through the wall of the warehouse and into the fireworks shop. Seeing that two firepowered dudes fighting in a fireworks shop is a recipe for disaster, Coulson, Mack, Simmons and Daisy get out of there. They watch the most patriotic explosion in history as Reyes emerges dragging James, unconscious but alive, behind him.Coulson convinces Daisy and Reyes to work with S.H.I.E.L.D. (finally) and the group goes to Radcliffe’s home to check on Agent May. Fitz and Radcliffe have been running extensive tests to make sure those seven minutes of being dead didn’t do any permanent damage. Radcliffe has also been using May’s presence as an opportunity to test how well AIDA passes as human. It turns out, pretty well. Coulson and May are fooled, but Simmons sees right through it. She’s fascinated until Fitz reminds her that she has a lie detector test the next day. That should be interesting.The whole purpose of this episode was to get all the characters on the same team again and to get Ghost Rider to join S.H.I.E.L.D. Even though it was mostly setting up the agents’ big mission for the season, it also managed to be a fun hour of TV on its own. That’s due in large part to the presence of Ghost Rider. It was nice to have him back after a full episode without him last week. Daisy and Simmons also have such great chemistry; it was fun seeing them take on a solo mission together. And now we have a fiery skeleton who made a deal with the devil fighting a bunch of ghosts. I can’t think of a better story arc or the Halloween season. MCU News: Donald Glover’s Role, a Chris Stays On, & Ms. Marvel UpdatesJessica Jones Gets Another Round, Agent Coulson Returns & More MCU News last_img

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