Violet recaps Season 4 Episode 2 of Agents of SHIELD, titled Meet the New Boss, where we learn more about the new Director of SHIELD, and Daisy confronts Robbie Reyes (aka Ghost Rider)! Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts about the episode.
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Recap of Agents of SHIELD, Season 4 Episode 2: Meet the New Boss:
The episode opens with a ghost woman looking at a little boy sleeping in his bedroom. She disappears. The little boy is awoken to sounds coming from the living room, and goes out to investigate. He sees the ghost woman. His father comes out to see what’s going on, and the ghost woman appears and asks the man what he’s doing in her house. He tries to explain that he’s lived there for years, and it’s his house. The ghost woman flies into the man, and when the man looks at his son, his face looks demonic, like the faces May and others were seeing last episode.
Over at SHIELD HQ, FitzSimmons try to analyze the box they confiscated at the end of last episode. Mack comes in and reports about the father and son who saw the ghost woman. At first, he thought the father was suffering from hallucinations like the others, but he shows FitzSimmons the footage and they see the ghost woman.
Meanwhile, Coulson and May are waiting around to meet up with the new Director. After 2 hours of waiting, they finally are called in for their meeting. The Director seems understanding about Coulson’s actions regarding Daisy, and even says he’s impressed. However, he is concerned about PR for SHIELD when it comes to Daisy. Coulson says that it won’t be a problem. He then asks to speak to Coulson alone, and as May leaves, we see that she’s still seeing the demonic faces.
Fitz, Simmons, and Mack try to figure out how the ghost woman is incorporeal. Fitz points out that the alloy that the box is made of is very rare, and only made at 3 Momentum labs, which have been shut down for years — one of which is in Pasadena, California, where the father and son who saw the ghost woman live. Mack arranges for a quinjet for him and Fitz, as Simmons can’t come, since the Director needs her there for a tour.
Speaking of said tour, the Director asks Coulson to lead the tour. He reluctantly agrees.
May tells Piper to get the squad ready for training. While walking down the hall, she notices Coulson and the Director leading the tour. Suddenly, she sees the tour guests with demonic faces. May goes down to the containment room to talk to the man they brought in who was also seeing the faces. He says he sees the faces everywhere, and starts to go crazy, banging his head repeatedly against the glass. Simmons comes in and turns on some gas which knocks him out, but when she turns around to ask May what happened, she’s gone.
Mack and Fitz head out on the quinjet. They complain about all the extra paperwork.
Simmons arrives a bit late to the lab to address the tour guests. She nonverbally conveys to Coulson that there was a problem in the containment room, and he and the Director discretely take a look at the monitor to see what’s going on. The Director takes the group to see the inside of a quinjet.
Coulson finds May in the locker room, going through the lockers. She thinks the base has been infiltrated. Coulson realizes something is wrong with her. He tells her that they can go to the lab to check blood samples to see who’s been infected. She seems to agree. They pass through the room where Piper has assembled agents for training, but May begins seeing demonic faces on everyone and gets spooked. She starts fighting everyone, though Coulson tells them that she’s sick, and not to hurt her. She takes down everyone in the room. The Director walks in and she tries to fight him, but her blows glance right off of him, not affecting him at all. He makes the big reveal: he’s Inhuman. The Director then picks up May and slams her head against the wall, knocking her out.
The tour guests get a photo with the Director before leaving. He reminds them that everything they saw today was confidential. Coulson talks to the Director, trying to bring up what he thinks should be done about May. However, the Director doesn’t want to hear what Coulson has to say, because when it comes to Daisy and May, he can’t be objective. The Director says May’s treatment is classified.
We see that May is in a straightjacket on the quinjet with the departing tour guests, yelling, “Get away from me!” repeatedly.
Ghost Rider and Daisy
Robbie Reyes (aka Ghost Rider) goes to work at Canelo’s auto body shop. Daisy decides to drop by claiming to have car trouble, and pretending to Canelo that she’s known Robbie for years. Daisy shows off how much she knows about Robbie’s past and his family. Robbie threatens her, telling her to get lost. He fixes what was wrong with the car, but she uses her powers to break it again.
He wonders what she wants, and she brings up his kills. He says it was vengeance, and they got what they deserved. She tells him about the Watchdogs, who are hunting Inhumans. However, he says that he’s not an Inhuman, and that he sold his soul to the devil. She brings up his little brother, Gabe, which angers him. Canelo says he’s going out for awhile, and as soon as he’s gone, they begin to fight. Daisy uses her powers to throw a car at Robbie. He keeps coming at her and hits her in the forearm with a part that he tore off of a car. Then he punches her, knocking her out.
When she comes to, she is tied up. Robbie thinks that Daisy wants to die, that she has a death wish coming back after him. He goes through her things to try to find proof that she wants to die, which will then make his problem of her knowing who he is go away. Daisy tries to convince Robbie that he should be concerned about the Aryans and the Chinese working together, and the fact that someone is arming them. However, Robbie again insists that he’s not what she is. She mentions the weapon that was stolen from the Momentum Alternative Energy Lab in Pasadena, which catches Robbie’s interest. He tapes her mouth shut, and heads out. Daisy uses her powers to break free, though it hurts her, and runs and jumps onto the roof of Ghost Rider’s car. He drives erratically to shake her off, but it doesn’t work. He gets angry, causing the front of his car to begin to burst into flames, and Daisy is soon thrown off.
Momentum Alternative Energy Labs
The ghost woman goes to Momentum Alternative Energy Labs in Pasadena, and opens up a box like she was in. A man names Hugo materializes out of it. He is also incorporeal. Hugo thinks they were in the box for hours, but the woman reveals they’ve been in there for years.
Later, another man is let out of a box. The men start to turn on the woman, saying it was her fault for her obsession with a book. But she says the book can help them now. Then another man named Vincent is let out, and although they are able to see him, they can’t hear him. The woman, Lucy, says that her plan is to find the book and reverse what’s been done to them. The second man says they can take the boxes, but he’s going to destroy the place.
Mack and Fitz arrive at Momentum Labs and break into the room where we saw the incorporeal figures earlier. One of the men briefly shows himself, and Mack shoots at him, but it doesn’t do anything, and he disappears again. Fitz tells Mack that if the man comes back, don’t let him touch him, or he’ll go crazy. Fitz realizes that the man must have set the reactor to blow, and tries to shut it down. Just then, the man pushes Mack inside the reactor and locks him in.
The man says he won’t go back, and will kill them all first. Just then, Ghost Rider comes in and is able to grab the incorporeal man by the neck. Fitz tries to get Mack out of the reactor room, but the handle is stuck. However, Daisy comes in and is able to use her powers to set Mack free. Fitz goes to the computer and succeeds in turning the reactor off. Meanwhile, Ghost Rider disintegrates the incorporeal man. On his way out, he grabs a photo of Momentum Labs workers.
Back on the quinjet, Mack puts a splint on Daisy’s arm. Daisy says that Ghost Rider isn’t Inhuman, and that she doesn’t know what he is. She clarifies that she’s not running with anyone, but that Ghost Rider can’t be all bad, considering that he saved Fitz. Mack asks Daisy to come back with them. He also figures out that Yo-Yo has been giving Daisy the medicine she needs. Mack is upset about having been out there looking for her all this time. Fitz also gets upset about Daisy turning her back on them. Daisy says that she’s doing what she needs to do. she thanks him for the splint and leaves.
Her Thoughts on Agents of SHIELD, Season 4 Episode 2: Meet the New Boss
I’m not too sure about this new Director. Should he be trusted or not? Simmons doesn’t trust him, though she seems to think that he trusts her. Though I suppose if you’re given a lie detector test every day and always pass it, you would be considered pretty trustworthy! This new Director is played by Jason O’Mara, who many people know as the voice of Batman for movies in the DC animated universe, but to me, he’ll always be the dad from Terra Nova! At first, when May was fighting him and not getting anywhere, I thought he was a robot, considering the allusions that have been made to that development lately. But then it turns out he’s an Inhuman, which makes sense, I guess. But does he have ulterior motives, and if so, what are they? It seems like he’s not to be trusted based on the way we see he’s treating May at the end of the episode, but could it really just be that this is how an objective observer would treat her? I get that Coulson wouldn’t be able to be objective, but couldn’t the Director have just listened to what Coulson had to say? I really hope May gets better soon, and putting her in a straitjacket and shipping her off to who knows where doesn’t seem like a great solution. Though I may be judging too soon, so I’ll reserve final judgment until we see where she’s actually headed and what they plan to do with her.
As for Daisy, my heart went out to Mack and Fitz when I saw how hurt and betrayed that they felt by her. I’m wondering how Mack is going to bring this up to Yo-Yo and how this will affect their relationship. Daisy claimed to not be in league with Ghost Rider, but at the end of the episode, it looks like that’s exactly what’s happening. I’m not sure I’m on board with the Ghost Rider storyline yet, but as I mentioned before, at least the graphics look good! We’ll have to see where their path takes them as they discover what the connection is. Also, is Ghost Rider really something other than an Inhuman, or does he just think that he is? Will this distinction play into the storyline at all?
Although I don’t really like how the team has been split up and essentially demoted for the most part, I’m intrigued by this season so far and I’m curious to see where it goes.
His Thoughts on Agents of SHIELD, Season 4 Episode 2: Meet the New Boss