- Episode: Meet the Boss (S04E02)
- Review: ★★★★☆
I admit, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been one those shows that has had to rebuild itself year after year (thanks Captain America movies). With the advent of Civil War, S.H.I.E.L.D. is now recruiting enhanced beings and having to bend to the will of the Sacovia Accords. After last the episode, Ghost Rider has become somewhat of a mystery to the show. It’s the main focus of Quake’s path for the moment. She doesn’t really go up against the Spirit of Vengeance so well, but it ends up building the bond between Quake and the Ghost. I’m just relieved that the Ghost Rider wasn’t a one shot episode. It will be cool to see where they take the character from here.
The show seems to take the whole Ghost thing seriously during the month of October. The story has sorted out being a ghost story of sorts and eventually will tie to the Ghost Rider. Now there seems to be a ton of back story to come from the “ghosts” had something happen to them and I haven’t figured out the ties to the actually Marvel Universe. So we will see where the writers take the show and it’s ghost villains. Fitz and Mac get a cool run-in with these Ghosts and our favorite Rider.
Now the title of the episode is Meet the Boss, so we finally get a look at Shield’s new director: Jeffery Mace. His appearance and approach is somewhat disturbing. Jeffery is blunt and honest, but for the most part a figure-head for S.H.I.E.L.D.. His intentions seem decent as he wants to re-establish them as a respectable agency again, but in his words that’s classified.
In the process of the story May has been affected by the ghosts, driving her a bit crazy. These events give us some of Jeffery’s true nature, it was a cool subplot. Coulson spends most of the episode doing a tour with Congress with the new base. He had a mention of Peggy Carter, which serves to remember that we don’t get an Agent Carter show anymore, but it was nice of him to drop the name.
The show has a strong start going for it. With Ghost Rider being nicely setup so far, it’ll be a hellish ride through the rest of the season. In the best way possible we mean.