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‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ recap 4×01 “The Ghost”

Season 4, Episode 1, “The Ghost”, Aired September 20, 2016

Welcome back! After months of waiting, we are back in action with our favorite Agents, Inhumans, scientists and a new (scary) face! Season 4 came back HOT and we are loving the new vibe. Let’s dive right in to the new, sexy, dark S.H.I.E.L.D. ya’ll!

First things first. WOW, things have changed! Like really, really changed. A few months have passed and during that time, the Sokovia Accords have been put into place. S.H.I.E.L.D. has gone legitimate again but that means that Coulson’s team is no longer, well, a team. The band has broken up. Simmons is the new Director’s right hand and out ranks May, which is super awkward. Fitz and Simmons are together, but Fitz has to hide things from her because the new Director subjects her to daily lie detector tests! Coulson and Mack are just field agents and no longer allowed to look for Daisy (or Quake as the public calls her). And Daisy has gone totally off the grid, hunting down the Watchdogs and causing a stir (and a mess) wherever she goes!

We get the sexier and edgier vibe right out the gate with a shot of Daisy slipping into her sassy black underwear, zipping up her leather jacket and sporting some on fleek goth makeup. She is tracking some bad dudes (skinheads in the pickup truck) and they are panicked but it’s not Daisy they are scared of, IT’S GHOST RIDER, blazing down the road with flaming wheels and a devilish roar. He takes out the skinheads and Daisy is unharmed but clearly intrigued and a little spooked.

Yo-Yo is back! Aside from her adorable flirtation with Mack, she is back to help the elusive Daisy. The Secret Warriors have to stick together after all. Now that she is on the run and using her powers more, our girl, Daisy is in need of some meds for her bones. Yo-Yo hooks her up with the pills and some intel on Coulson and his hunt for Quake. These two have a bond and it is great to see that they have stuck together. #sisterhood

Aida is creepy AF. The mad doctor Radcliffe built a lady bot and it’s super creepy. He built her to be a death decoy to protect agents from danger by taking their place. The problem is, he isn’t allowed to do things like that anymore. It’s a nice idea but its still way creepy and dangerous. And poor Fitz is put in a terrible position since his lady love is the new Director’s advisor. Fitz decides they can’t tell Simmons about Radcliffe’s creation. Also, was anyone else getting some serious Buffy-bot vibes?

What’s in the box? A ghost, I guess? And it made the dudes who opened it go crazy. May and her team of mini-Mays swoop in and take them out. The ghost thingy walks away but we find out that May is infected too. We still don’t really know what it is that infected her but she knows something is up. If it’s a ghost or something of that nature, this might be what brings Daisy back into the fold at S.H.I.E.L.D. and she can recruit Robbie Reyes to help. If anyone can handle a ghost, it should be Ghost Rider, right? Or maybe just call these guys.

Another takeaway from the premiere is that it’s much more violent and dark than we have seen in the past. Ghost Rider is a ruthless killer (all in the name of vengeance), ripping out spines and ramming folks into a cement walls with his car. All cool villain stuff, but what was so great about Ghost Rider was his alter ego. Robbie Reyes, the junkyard mechanic is such an intriguing character and I already love the dynamic between him and Daisy. Will Daisy be able to shake her “help the powered people” tendencies or will she see him for the threat that he is? Either way, this pairing is going to be awesome to watch. Quake certainly held her own against Ghost Rider but perhaps he was just holding back. He did have the chance to kill her, but didn’t. Jaded and detached Daisy is a great turn for the character and with her new attitude towards life, it’s hard to say how she will handle Ghost Rider in Season 4. Old Daisy would try to “save” him. New Daisy is a little too lost for that, so we will see how that goes down!

Everything is different and the tensions are high. This is a promising start to Season 4 and we can’t wait to see how Ghost Rider, a government run S.H.I.E.L.D. and the new vibe shake out.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesday at 10/9(c) on ABC.

(Featured Image: ABC/Jennifer Clasen)


Meg Bonney

Meg is a TV obsessed writer based in the Midwest. She is also the author of the award winning YA-Fantasy novel, EVERLY and tends to be overly caffeinated. Find her on Twitter to chat about TV, books and Bellamy Blake's freckles.

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