By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episodes of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
In the midst of prison riots and political debates, we got to see some new character development for Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider. In the comics, Gabe Reyes is confined to a wheelchair because his mother fell while pregnant and he was born with no motor function in the lower half of his body. The series departed from that in this episode and made both Gabe and Robbie the target of a drive-by shooting. Robbie walked away seemingly unscathed (although this may be how his flaming alter-ego came to be), but Gabe did not and now he’ll never walk again. While sometimes writers alter things in a book-to-screen adaption simply to change things up a bit, this seems more significant. Right before Robbie lit up Santino Noguera, the man whose gang shot Gabe, Santino said they weren’t random targets. This gives Robbie more to do than just punish the occasional bad guy. He not only has a new purpose for himself of finding out who wanted him and his brother shot, but the audience now has a new interest in the character. I was wondering where the Ghost Rider story could go and now I see some great spin-off potential.
I want it to be known now that I do not trust the new Director one bit. We found out in this episode that he’s hiding something about the day the UN was bombed in Vienna (a nice little Captain America: Civil War reference), and he’s about to conspire with Senator Nadeer against Coulson and the team. How this all plays out is anybody’s guess. I don’t think Coulson would ever become the Director of SHIELD again, but that doesn’t mean Jeffrey Mace is long for the role either. But anything can happen. Maybe there’s a perfectly good explanation for what happened in Vienna, and maybe he’ll end up working against Nadeer. After all, Mace has no idea about her role with the Watchdogs; he thinks it’s all just a political game. Still, things aren’t looking good for Jeffrey Mace right now.
I’m really ready to wrap up the story of Daisy now. We’re now into the fourth season of Daisy/Skye and the lost soul trope and it’s getting boring. It doesn’t have to be that way, but there are just so many more interesting things happening right now with Ghost Rider, the Watchdogs, and Jeffrey Mace that I just can’t get into a storyline involving Daisy that I thought had been resolved and then resolved again and then resolved again. I get that she’s mourning the loss of Lincoln, and it’s good that the writers are putting that in the story, but can’t they think of another way to do it. I sometimes feel like they don’t know what to do with Daisy so they move her back a few steps to the point where we found her at the beginning of the season on her own just like we met her in season one. That’s not a great treatment for a character who could be so much more interesting.
One new thing we learned this week is there are Watchdogs being recruited in prison. It’s not the most shocking twist in the history of television, but it’s one more step towards building up an epic fight between the Watchdogs and the Inhumans.
George Stephanopoulos referred to Jeffrey Mace as “the Patriot,” which is the name of Mace’s character in the Marvel Universe going back to 1941.
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