Happy Wednesday loyal readers! Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns this week and next before taking another break for the holidays. This episode starts off directly where last week’s left off and we get thrown into the alternate dimension with Robbie, Coulson, and Fitz. They are attempting to figure out exactly what has happened to them and the best way to find their way out. It appears as though they are exploring the same world as their friends, still, but are unable to speak with them. Fitz, especially, is worried about the entire situation because of how Jemma will react to him being taken away. This is an obvious tie in to the release of Doctor Strange.
While the trio is attempting to find their way out of the dimension rift, Simmons is whisked away to see Senator Nadeer’s brother. He has been trapped inside of a cocoon for several months without a lead on how to help him come out of it. Simmons is able to crack the cocoon and speak with the man for only a second before being taken away again to avoid her learning too much.
With Robbie being locked away inside the alternate dimension, the Ghost Rider takes over Mack to try to still bring about the vengeance that he has been seeking since before he partnered up with Robbie. Daisy follows Mack and confronts him and the Ghost Rider is less than thrilled about her stepping in the way. Before the Ghost Rider can cause Daisy any harm, however, Robbie shows up. Even though he is still in the alternate dimension, the Ghost Rider can see him and talk to him. As Robbie is being dragged down to hell, he makes another deal with the Ghost Rider and promises to carry out all Ghost Riders scores as long as he lets Mack go. The deal is agreed upon and Robbie gets back the power of the Ghost Rider.
As the end of the episode approaches, the android Aida uses the Darkhold to open a portal and bring everyone back to the current dimension. As Fitz and Simmons are reunited at the end of the episode, Fitz takes it upon himself to yell at Director Mace for putting her in harms way. May and Coulson also have quite the chummy reunion wherein it appears that something more than friendship could be on the horizon for the two agents. Even though Aida is the hero of the day, no one has thought to check up on after her use of the Darkhold. We catch a glimpse of her creating an artificial brain for herself and I can only imagine that this will lead to trouble down the line with the amount of power that the Darkhold has. Likewise, Mack and Ghost Rider/Robbie make a deal to solve the last bit of vengeance that the Ghost Rider has on his to do list.
I thought this episode was incredibly well done and a perfect welcome back(for a short while) for the series. The tie in with Doctor Strange was subtle yet effective and seeing Fitz and Simmons as well as Coulson and May split up and seriously concerned about each other was nice to see. In the case of Fitz, especially, his love for Simmons is so strong that he will even go up against the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. himself to protect her. The idea that the Ghost Rider himself cannot or would not cross the dimensions to stay with Robbie was an interesting touch. A being as powerful as that exhibiting some sort of limitations makes it likely that if the need should ever arise, he can be defeated.
Seeing Aida creating a brain for herself and Mack and Robbie teaming up to continue Ghost Rider’s dirty work leads me to believe that the second half of the season is going to be full of action and suspense! I will be anxiously awaiting the second half of the season and am excited to see what next week’s episode holds.
-Catch Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC on Tuesdays at 9/8c!
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