Friday, 17 February 2017

TV Review No. 33 Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Meet The New Boss (S4, Ep2)

Strong Points:
Pacing is up
Great fight sequences
Twists and turns
Ghosty not ghost people
Mack's outburst
'Why can't we go and investigate a well-lit room' line
Political commentary
The Director
Shotgun Axe

Weak Points:
Churning through plot points like there's no tomorrow
Effect of the ghost's powers can be confusing
Ghost Rider is variable

In-depth Review:
I'm going to be doing this review at the pace of this week's episode. Ready? New director good (Inhuman touch interesting), ghosts are fun but confusing at to just what they are, Mack had some of the best lines and parts of this episode including a shotgun axe, twists and turns with great acting and fight sequences, Ghost Rider is starting to get interesting. Phew, done. What? You want more? Well, I've run out of stuff to talk about, something which AoS could be in danger of doing if it doesn't put on the brakes. I know this sounds a bit hypocritical, I mean we're were asking AoS to bring the pace up only last season but it's all about finding the right balance. Now onto the elaborated review!

So we go to see the new director this episode and he is definitely an interesting character. All at once showing power and an uncomfortableness in his job, he is both paranoid for his agency and powerful enough to make him wearing a suit look funny. I also liked the way they introduced him being Inhuman, namely, they didn't make a big fuss about it, just letting us know by way of him not moving an inch when May punched him. Also, the political satire on the government was great.

The ghost people were a mixed bag this episode. The opening sequence with the 'monster under the bed' scenario worked really well and the tension created by the 'ghost' was great. Then she started to turn human-like, then not human, then human-like again and to be honest, it's all a bit confusing. They (there's more than one) seem to have been researchers who have been trapped inside boxes for years and turned supernatural. Not much else is known quite yet besides that they make for an interesting enemy - you can't touch them or you'll end up like May (who'll we'll get to later). Or at least you can't unless you're Ghost Rider.

Ghost Rider is definitely an interesting character, carrying awesome power but not wanting to use it, he is constantly in turmoil with himself. He seems to be fine with beating people up, but at the same time not, seems to want to fix himself and then change his mind and he just seems... off. It might just be me, but he just seems to be lacking a 'presence' at the moment, not that I'd say that to the spirit inside him that is.

Henry Simmons (Mack) has really, really improved since he was introduced in Season 2, turning from the engineer to a fully formed character with his own agenda. And it really shone through this episode, especially with his restrained outburst against Daisy. Also, his line about always investigating bad things in the dark was great.

May's not having the best time, is she? Lower rank than Simmons, better than all her team in the fighting department and under the effects of these ghost people. The gradual deterioration was great to see in this episode (although it would've been interesting to see it going over a couple of episodes) and all credits to Ming Na-Wen for having to act so at ends with her character, she did the insanity really well! Now, does she see the team as being infected or as completely different people?

Conclusion: overall I enjoyed this episode, although it does feel like we're midway through the season at the moment almost, so hopefully next weeks episode will give us time to settle.

Rating: 79%

Thanks for reading, Satamer.

P.S. when watching both episodes something has fallen in my lounge near to when the ghosts appear. Not great for my blood pressure.

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