- Episode: Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire (S04E04)
- Review: ★★★★☆
You gotta love the title, Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire. Or in comic terms, TEAM-UP! Ghost Rider: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., how does that sound? Truth be told it was bound to happen. The “Fire” episode is the bridge to bring Ghost Rider on board and to bring Daisy back. I wasn’t sure I would enjoy this version of Ghost Rider and I couldn’t figure out how it would work itself into S.H.I.E.L.D., but they’ve done it while prepping for what comes next in the cinematic universe.
Well of course, Marvel has a new movie coming out. Doctor Strange releases in theaters Nov. 4th. The latest episodes have been gearing S.H.I.E.L.D. toward the magic side of the Marvel Universe. Now the best part of this weeks episode is that we get see how much of bad ass Ghost Rider actually happens to be. There’s a sweet car chase scene and nice battle with the Inhuman James (he is the guy that can charge of objects like Gambit more or less).
Like any other S.H.I.E.L.D. episode there are plenty of threads running at the same time. Fitz and Simmons are looking for a place to hang their hat. This becomes the way our two agents become tied together with an old friend. We get to see Simmons use her new found leadership powers in action. Fitz has been spending his time with healing Agent May with her near death experience. He has also been leaning toward the spy side of things by keeping details from Simmons. The character Holden Radcliff has actually put together/invented what might actually end up being the LMD of Shield. Life Model Decoys, or life-like androids, were something that the comics have used quite a bit. Nick Fury used it more than once to avoid assassination. It’ll be interesting to see if they develop this usage in the show.
Finally, every show like Shield needs a bad guy to drive its story. The show can’t really seem to decide where it wants to go from here. The Inhuman thing is played out, but they had used them to put the X-Men/Mutant concept in the background. The show is continuing to utilize the Watchdogs concept. For the record, the Watchdogs originated in the Captain American comics in the 80’s. They are a right-wing terrorist group that seem like a bunch of thugs, but they have seemed more equipped as of late.
Hopefully our writers give us more of a clue as to who is pulling the Watchdogs strings. Or will the rest of the season be more magical driven for the focus? Or both? The show is getting plenty right with the introduction of Ghost Rider and the utilization of our favorite characters, but now we need them to pull everything together for a tighter focus.