By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
This episode was another big Watchdog one and I’m cool with that. We’ve dealt with Hydra, evil Inhumans, Hive, and now magical forces. It’s a nice change of pace, every once in a while, to watch the team deal with a non-powered enemy. In this case, we’ve gotten a tease of the corruption and intrigue from Senator Nadeer that originally made Hydra so compelling, only we’ve thus far left out the global conspiracy that has infiltrated SHIELD to its very core. That’s a good thing as it grounds the story a little more. I know it’s a show based on a comic book and there are superheroes and everything, but not every story has to involve a world-threatening event. Sometimes SHIELD just needs to stop a bunch of rednecks hellbent on making ‘Merica great again. Sometimes that’s good enough.
We got a nice Darkhold tease in this episode. Darkhold is a text in the Marvel Universe written by an ancient Eldar God that contains knowledge of magic. The main author of a text, Chthon, was earth’s original practitioner of black magic (in some Marvel sources, he is equivalent to the Devil). So this book is bad news and there’s probably no good reason why anyone would want to get their hands on it. This still feels like Doctor Strange tie-in, but I’m less convinced that the people we’ve seen are traveling on the astral plain. I don’t even have an opinion yet on what’s going on there. Hopefully, I’ll be able to give some more informed analysis after next week’s episode deals with the Darkhold.
Daisy’s story is starting to bore me. Thankfully, it looks like her “Rogue Agent” storyline that started last season has come to an end. I think the writers over-sold her role as an anti-hero and then wrote a story for her that was tamer than the teasers suggested. We heard from Director Mace that she was robbing banks and causing a panic amongst the general populace. Now, based on last week’s preview, it looks like she’s back with SHIELD. I wonder how the writers will walk back everything we’ve heard about Daisy up until now? Whatever they choose to do, I’m going to give them some leeway because I’m just glad Daisy’s rogue story is seemingly finished.
I don’t have much to say about it, but can you believe that fight between Hellfire and Ghost Rider? As soon as the shot slowed down and we saw Robbie’s hand reach out to grab the chain, I knew we were in for a treat. And I liked that the writers drew it out a little. I was expecting Ghost Rider to appear as soon as Robbie grabbed the chain, but they let Hellfire’s arrogance build a little before that big reveal. This was, for me, the best fight of the season thus far.
“Agent Phil Coulson, I’m from the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement Logistics Division.” Welcome back, SHIELD. We’ve missed you.
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