Sunday, 5 February 2017

TV Review No. 32 Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Ghost (S4, Ep1)

Strong Points:
Great camera work
Good acting throughout
Twists and turns
Ghost Rider
Ghosts
Back to Season 1 in terms of organisation gives us a nice insight into S.H.I.E.L.D....
Aida
Good CGI

Weak Points:
A tonne of new characters thrown at you - overwhelming
Would that guy really have a mini RPG?
Ghost Rider
...Although you'll sometimes want them to just get on with it!
Some words were missed when talking

In-depth Review:
It's back and darker than ever. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. picks up some time after season 3, with the team fragmented and in different positions of power, but not quite how you'd expect. For example, Simmon's has the most power out of all of them, being in the inner circle with the new Director (who we know pretty much nothing about besides that they are paranoid) and Daisy's not even with S.H.I.E.L.D. This is an interesting way to break up the team and allow for more separate story-lines, although hopefully, they will be able to interact more than their rainbow coloured key cards allow!

Talking of Daisy's, she's now gone through her nearly annual name change to Quake, an earthquake making, eye shadow wearing vigilante who's after Watch_Dog, the anti-inhuman group from the last series. Sick of losing people, she's decided to cut tie with everyone, except Yo-Yo it seems (does she just not care as much?!), going off the grid. This allows for some more Quakey martial arts which is great although is coming at a cost to Daisy, whose continued use of her powers has had an adverse effect on her bones - they're breaking. I'm interested to see how they'll take this and so far I see three options: she will stop using her powers for a while, she will use her powers but her bones will break just as she is winning a fight or they'll find a special object which will protect her with no adverse effects whatsoever.

Ghost Rider is the big newcomer to the series and is an addition which is starting to get in the territory of outsiders to the Marvel lore knowing who he is which is exciting. In terms of this incarnation, we didn't see too much overall except that he still has the flaming skull head a la Johnny Blaze and he now has a car which again, is interesting, as Ghost Rider is normally seen as a motorcyclist. Still, a flaming car is fun and I can't wait to see whether a Hellfire and Ghost Rider will have a firefight.

Aida is the last big plot arc I'll be talking about today and after just watching Ex Machina I'm intrigued to see where they take Aida. It was made very clear that Aida isn't true AI, more of a mimic, which rules out the old robot becomes self-aware and rogue storyline, which personally, I'm completely fine with. Next up on possible storylines would be for Fitz to gain affections to Aida and not allow her to protect the team in a mission (her primary purpose) or maybe it's something completely different, we just don't know.

The risks in camera work have increased this season as well, with the camera seeming to drop and roll just as much as the actors do when fighting. Personally, I think it worked really well and I'm interested to see what else they can do, especially with advancements in drones. The acting, as always was great all round, and again, it will be interesting to see how the newbies stack up to the seasoned cast.

The rest of the team are finding it hard to settle with the new Directors regime and it definitely is odd that Coulson is now just an agent, so hopefully we'll get some more information later on in the series as to why this has happened but as stated before, it has definitely shaken up the AoS format. And I'm still waiting for Bobbi and Hunters return to the series after Most Wanted was cut last year. And for Iron Man to do a fly by. A guy can dream, right?!

Conclusion: a welcome return to the series, with a darker tone, hopefully, this season will still have the 'soul' of the old ones. Looking forward to it.

Rating: 80%

Thanks for reading, Satamer.

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