Friday, October 21, 2016

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire

"Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire" begins to weave the separate storylines of the show's Fourth Season together. Daisy (Chloe Bennet) reaches out to Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) for help finding the leak in S.H.I.E.L.D. which is supplying the Watchdogs the locations of Inhumans. Unwilling to let her injured former teammate follow the lead on her own, Simmons joins Daisy to warn an Inhuman in a move that backfires and almost gets both women killed. Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Mack (Henry Simmons) finally meet Robbie (Gabriel Luna) who agrees to help S.H.I.E.L.D. after learning his family's history is tied to the ghosts now loose in the world (of course it is, because in Marvel's TV super-hero shows apparently everything has to be three-degrees of Kevin Bacon or less).

By the end of the episode Daisy and Ghost Rider are both working for S.H.I.E.L.D., hopefully giving the episode a bit more focus. The episode's subplot involving a recuperating May (Ming-Na Wen) being taken care of by an android, while cute initially, drags on and is mostly filler (although it does lead for some possible ramifications for Simmons next week). The real purpose of "Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire" is to do some mop-up duty and try and get all the core characters back on the same page moving forward. Now that Daisy is back and Ghost Rider is working with S.H.I.E.L.D. I'm hoping the show will attempt to flesh-out the season's ghostly villains a bit more.

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