If you’re like me and you’re still watching AoS, then chances are you’re invested into this show. For a show that started a bit shakey, AoS has really come into its own. AoS is not the show we thought we were going to get with Avengers cross overs, instead it had formed its own bases and is really excelling.
There are 2 things I look for in a season premier that makes it a success for me. The first one is it has to catch as up as an audience on what’s been happening since the finale of the last season and act as kind of a reminder as to what’s happening in the show. The second is that it sets up the season to come. This means new story plots and characters that will drive the story forward for the season.
This premier episode did both of those. I thought they did a fantastic job showing the changes in ranks in S.H.I.E.L.D. with Coulson now an agent. I really loved the back and forth between Mack and Coulson. I always thought their chemistry onscreen was great in previous seasons but I think we will see a new side to them with them now being partners.
Of course Daisy is on the run like teased at the end of last season. I’m really excited to see Quake play as a form of anti-hero this season and I really hope they keep with it for majority of the season. I thought her action scenes were done really well and I think they are going to have a lot of fun with her as a character.
I thought this episode also did a fantastic job setting up the new plot points for the season. As I’ve mentioned, anti-hero Daisy will play a big part in the season, but Ghost Rider is the character we are all drawn to. Ghost Rider was the big push for this season and I thought they nailed his introduction in this opening episode. The opening scene with him was great. They presented it in a way that as an audience we knew it was Ghost Rider but we didn’t actually get to see him until later in the episode. I thought his scene with Daisy was my favourite scene with him. We got to see his transformation between Robbie Reyes and the Ghost Rider. As an introduction, that scene made me want to learn more about this character and made me excited for his role in this season. I had a bit of background knowledge of Reyes before this season started so I was glad to see that they are taking his comic background and using his brother as his foil. I’m really interested to see how they play this out in this season.
However, the thing that has me both excited yet worried about this season was the AI bot made by Holden Radcliffe. It gave me the vibe of Ex Machina, a movie I loved. For that it has me excited. But my excited level is why I’m worried. Being a TV environment, I’m worried that they won’t be able to dive deep into it and it becomes a throw away plot that leads to nothing. It’s something we will just have to see how it plays out, but from what we’ve seen in this episode, I’m excited.
Overall, it was a great premier for season 4. It touched the two points that I want from a premier and for the most part really nailed it. I’m excited for next week’s episode and I hope we get to see more on the new director and embed ourselves further back into the MCU with AoS.