Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 Episode 2 “Meet the New Boss”

9 Overall Score
Writing: 9/10
Acting : 9/10
Pacing : 10/10

Plot driving action scenes|Cool Easter Egg ties to the MCU

A noticeable lack of Ghost Rider

 

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Season Four-Episode Two: “Meet the New Boss”

Written by: Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen,

Starring:

Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson
Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May
Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz
Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons
Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie
John Hannah as Holden Radcliffe
Gabriel Luna as Robbie Reyes / Ghost Rider
Jason O’Mara as Jeffrey Mace

TV show created by Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Joss Whedon
Based on the comic book series created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby 

 

Still reeling from the repercussions of last season’s ending, our once familiar team of agents find themselves separated and re-assigned. Coulson is no longer director, Fitz and Simmons are working R&D, Melinda May is back training new recruits, and Daisy aka Quake is now a fugitive In-Human, labeled a criminal, and hiding from the people who were once her friends. The Sakovia Accords, introduced into the MCU after the fallout of Captain America: Civil War, adds further pressure to an already combustible situation. Everyone’s path starts to converge as all parties descend onto Los Angles, seeking an elusive, possible urban legend who has been violently attacking and executing criminals in a seemingly supernatural manner. And finally, the mysterious new Director makes his appearance.

 

Episode 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.D. continues the great momentum that began the prior week. As Daisy becomes obsessed with stopping Robbie Reyes’ deadly vigilante attacks, her own death wish comes to the forefront. But it’s telling that the Ghost Rider spares her life during their (well executed!) fight. The Rider only punishes the truly guilty, so Daisy must now question how she really sees herself. It’s a great character moment that’s told through action, something this show was lacking in prior seasons. It also works to push Robbie forward too, as we begin to see him question  his motives and is at odds with his demonic self. He, in fact, refers to it as “not me”, making the separation of the Ghost Rider from himself evident. However, there is less of Ghost Rider/Robbie Reyes in this episode, and that is certainly felt. I guess they want to ration him, but making him part of the regular cast can only be good. I’m not saying the Rider needs to be an agent, but he could work well as a constant loose cannon.

Another highlight for me was also the reaction our science guru team is having toward the Ghost Rider, the mysterious box everyone is chasing, and the strange apparitions that appear and disappear. In a great bit, Fitz and Simmons are going back and forth with possible scientific explanations, when Mac stops them cold by simply stating. “What if it’s a ghost?” The MCU has yet to deal head on with the supernatural (something the upcoming Dr. Strange is sure to change) but planting these seeds is both smart and fun.

The part of this episode to probably get the most attention is the introduction of the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. In a surprisingly casual manner, Jason O’Mara makes his debut as “Jeffrey” the titular “New Boss”. In yet another action packed moment we also learn Jeffery is also an Inhuman, a detail that Coulson seems to already know. If you’re an old school Marvel zombie, or just do a little digging on-line, you will also find out that Jeffrey Pace (the Directors full name) is the real identity of The Patriot, a character that goes way back in MU lore. The guy even once wore the Captain America uniform during one of Steve Rogers’ many absences. It would be a waste (and atypical of the Easter egg loving MCU) to just use something like that with no long term reason.

So with two episodes in, Agents is finally starting to feel closer to the MCU without relying on any cameos or overly direct mentions regarding the films. Yes, the names Steve Rogers and Tony Stark are mentioned, but it seems like the creators have finally been allowed to start opening up the huge sandbox that is the Marvel Universe. Let’s hope this trend its following continues.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Monday nights on ABC. 

 

 

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