Over the past four seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. it has constantly being improving, especially in regards to how they do their storytelling, and this year’s midseason finale ‘The Laws of Inferno Dynamics’ was the best as in they neatly knitted up some of the season’s biggest questions while still introducing a new twist as they are prone to do.
We said goodbye to Ghost Rider and his hellish brand of revenge, as well as his problematic uncle, Eli Morrow. Morrow had planted a bomb and was harnessed energy from another dimension (like we saw Coulson, Fitz and Robbie get trapped in last week). And in the end, it is Eli’s family that ends him (with some help from S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Robbie transports himself, Eli and the bomb to another dimension. But Coulson suggests that this might not be the last we’ve heard of Robbie, and I quite like the idea of that too.
Out of all the new additions for season four, Robbie Reyes was by far my favorite, especially in the way that Gabriel Luna portrays him. He was badass, that’s certain, but he had an array of emotions that perfectly translated to the audience his constant struggle with the demon inside of him and his need for vengeance. I hope that the writers can find a way to bring Reyes back, even if it’s just cameo roles (like they did with Deathlok) because he would be a great asset to the team.
There has been an aura of distrust around the new director, Jeffrey Mace, for entire first half of the season, with good reason too. As it seemed as he was working with the Senator that was very much against Inhumans, and then there was the fact that he shipped Simmons off to some undisclosed location to try and find out who the man beneath cocoon was last week. But the team discover this week that he was blackmailed by the Senator who said she would divulge that Robbie was working with S.H.I.E.L.D. if Mace did not help her, but because Reyes was now zoomed to another dimension, she could no longer use that to blackmail him.
Mace also reformed the public image of Daisy by saying she’s the one who saved everyone from the Morrow’s bomb, and that she had been working with S.H.I.E.L.D. all along. Mace is smart, he knows how to play the public and the media, he is a politician. At the end of the episode, the team had begrudgingly began to trust Mace’s methods even if they didn’t always agree with it. I do think Mace is the better director of S.H.I.E.L.D though, just like Nick Fury he is not afraid to make tough decisions, and Coulson let his emotion s guide him perhaps too much when he was director. In the comics, Jeffrey Mace’s superhero name is Patriot, and he is sort of like a Captain America wannabe, and you can definitely get a sense of that in the way he wants to be seen as a hero.
As we discuss the closure of many hanging threads, we have to bring up the very much hanging one between Elena (Yoyo) and Mack. The chemistry between them has been palpable since Elena joined the show last season and the audience has been waiting with baited breath for them to get together. As far as we had garnered before this episode, they went out for dinner together but Mack was hesitant to embark on a relationship because agents are not suppose to fraternize (although come on, Lincoln and Daisy, Ward and Daisy, Bobbi and Hunter, I think we put this rule to rest) and Elena was tired of his hot and cold behaviour. This week, however, his concern for her got too much as he finnnnalllly kissed her. And the audience, sighed in relief. Let’s just couple up everyone on the team! I’m keen! I’m ready!
Then lastly, there is the twist. Last week, Aida read the Darkhold in order to create the portal to let Coulson and Fitz out of the other dimension and we saw her nefariously creating a brain, and this week we saw the fruit of her labor. At the very end of the episode when one of Mace’s men is sent to collect Aida and the rest of Radcliffe’s research from his lab, he stumbles upon May and Aida kills him. So it appears as if Aida has created a life model decoy version of May, who was busy celebrating Daisy’s return with the team, while the real May was bloodied and trapped. But what is Aida’s aim? Has she turned evil or is this her extreme way of protecting the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents?
We have to wait until the next half of the season to find out.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC on January 10th, 2017 at 10 p.m.