Friday, September 23, 2016

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Reaction: "The Ghost" (4x01)

Spoilers! Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. contains PG-13 level content.

"Everyone gets attached to something eventually."
It's been a long summer filled with shows of its own, but the time has finally come for us to return to Marvel's world of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! Welcome back to a world full of (In)humans, state-of-the-art technology, and... ghosts?! Let's get started!

My Favorite Moments

★ Can I just say... everything? This was a really solid season premiere and one of my favorites of the show thus far. The bar has been raised even higher this season, both in quality and danger, and I'm so excited to see where we're headed.

★ Seeing the team again. Every time an old favorite came on screen, I inwardly cheered. (Granted, they're all split up, but we'll get to that later.)

★ Ghost Rider. I mean, everything about him was perfect. At first I was terrified, and then I actually kind of... liked him? (Loved him? Too soon?) His conversation with Daisy about only killing people who deserved it gave me major flashbacks to Frank Castle in Daredevil. I think AOS is taking a step in the right direction with this nuanced villain. (is he a villain, though? Let's go with antihero.)

★ Can we talk about AIDA for a sec?

Listen: I'm really creeped out, but I'm also astonished. Mallory Jansen, who some of you might recognize from Galavant or Young & Hungry, deserves major props for the role. I actually believed she was a replicated human. Kudos.

Both AIDA and the technology involved in her creation are a major, major step for the MCU, and I'm 99.9% convinced that at least parts of it will bleed over into the movies. Life model decoys are a huge comic plot line and an incredibly convenient plot device. It's just brilliant, I tell you.

★ I'm really happy that Fitzsimmons are still together and committed to each other, though it looks like that might be changing soon. (Which I'm not at all thrilled about!)

Me to Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen--(source)

★ Yo-Yo's inclusion in this episode, especially her role in helping Daisy, was my favorite. I was really hoping she'd be back since she's one of my favorite characters from last season. At first I thought she might be Bobbi Morse, but I'm glad it was one of the Secret Warriors. (Fingers crossed Joey shows up soon too!) I also liked her flirtatious vibe with Mack. I ship it.

You had to know this gif was coming.--(source)

★ Everyone's character development was spot on. Coulson is once again an agent, which is interesting to see. Daisy is still relatable, Jemma's in a leadership role, and May still sticks her neck out for her team. Fitz and Mack are still themselves but more mature, and they've come so far from when Mack had to help Fitz through his memory loss.

Not only that, but I actually kind of like that everyone's not getting along all the time (as much as I also hate it). The tension between everyone at S.H.I.E.L.D. was palpable. This is definitely a new S.H.I.E.L.D., and I'm not sure at all what to expect.

★ Speaking of a new S.H.I.E.L.D., it's been speculated that AOS's move to the later time slot of 10 pm was so that they could show more adult content. I can definitely see that being true, at least from this episode. The violence was intense, though not much more intense than what we saw last season. But in general, the episode did have a darker edge to it. At this point, I like it. It'll be interesting to see if things get more gritty as time goes on. (Maybe ABC's Marvel show is taking notes from Netflix's Marvel shows...)

This is obviously the new relationship between AOS and the Netflix shows--(source)

★ The episode was well-written, well-plotted, well-acted, and well-paced. It was just really good.

Actual footage of me writing this post--(source)

My Least Favorite Moments

★ The fact that the team is apart is breaking my heart. (It's a poem.) But! I'm hoping things will be resolved eventually, and it is really interesting to see everyone scattered like this, so I actually do like it.

★ We're clearly delving into the paranormal here with the weird ghostly (ha, ironic) thing that possessed both a large group of men and one of our own team (!!!). It startled me a bit because I wasn't expecting it, but I'm morbidly looking forward to seeing where this leads. Does it count as a least favorite thing if I actually kind of liked it?

My favorite gif ever--(source)

★ There really wasn't much to dislike.

Favorite Quote

"So... You've got the devil inside you, too?" - Robbie Reyes



What did you think of "The Ghost"?


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