The watchability of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has ridden the line between a typical NBC procedural show and the potential for what it COULD be…and it’s ridden that line hard. There have been occasional flashes of brilliance. For example – The events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier having a literal effect on the shows story thread. Agent Coulson’s rival & would be girlfriend getting shot in the head. Or that one incredible – one take/one shot – fight scene with Chloe Bennet’s Daisy Johnson that comes close to rivaling “The Hallway Scene” from the Daredevil series on Netflix. These occasional ups, however, don’t absolve the show from being very unbalanced, and one, that is too loosely connected to the rest of the MCU. It’s a show that exists in the same sandbox as the films but seems to go out of its way to not impeded the movies in any way, what with seldom references and its use of heroes & villains which might as well be from Marvel’s D-List.
The inclusion of Ghostrider in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 had doubters and defectors turn their heads with a collective “oh, snap”, thinking for the first time, AOS would include an A-list comic hero and one that, after those terrible Nicholas Cage movies, needed a cinematic redemption. But no. This is not the version of Ghostrider that most fans would recognize. It’s neither the motorcycling riding Johnny Blaze or Danny Ketch… it’s Robbie Reyes, the CAR driving version of Ghostrider. (more…)