Thursday, December 1, 2016

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D - Deals with Our Devils

Following the explosion in the lab, Coulson (Clark Gregg), Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), and Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna) find themselves out of phase with our reality and presumed dead. "Deals with Our Devils" is an interesting episode as nearly every scene is shown twice, first from the perspective of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents working the case, and second from the ghostly pals trying to figure out how to make contact. In the end it's the combination of two of the seasons new pieces, Aida (Mallory Jansen) and the Darkhold, which are put together to get Coulson and Fitz home. However, as we see in the epilogue, just because she's and android doesn't mean Aida will be immune to the book's dark influences. Has the team created an even bigger threat? While interesting, the set-up of the episode does mean we only get about half of much story as normal and eventually some of the retread scenes begin to drag. Eli Morrow (José Zúñiga) is still out there and his power continues to grow. Unwilling to abandon his vengeance, Ghost Rider leaves the "dead" Robbie and temporarily infects Mack (Henry Simmons), which would have been a more compelling plot twist had we been given any chance to believe this union was anything more than temporary. Given her own unrelated subplot (i.e. filler), Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) is called in to examine an Inhuman going through Terrigenesis. Connected to larger issues, the plot thread doesn't do much other than give Henstridge some more screentime and (as the show is wont to do) tease us in the vaguest way possible about something to come.

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