Ok…I did not see that coming.
Agents of Shield really delivered with “Laws Of Inferno Dynamics”, as it capped off the Eli/Ghost Rider arc, all the while building up to the next arc: LMD.
What I really appreciate about this episode was that it focused on characters instead of action. Because they could’ve easily went Michael Bay on everything and given us a visual spectacle. While instead, they gave us a more personal piece. From Fitz-Simmons trying to figure out Eli’s powers, and worrying about Daisy, to the reveals between Coulson and Mace, and of course the now full-on relationship between Mack and Elena, it was good stuff.
For me though, one of the best parts was the confrontation between Eli and Robbie right off the bat. Eli became truly multi-layered as he showed regret in what he did unintentionally to Robbie and Gabe. As well as showing the pain with the struggles he’s had to endure in his life. It made him more than a power hungry villain. And that reveal about his powers? An excellent twist on what we were seeing.
Another great turnaround was Mace, who went from “political animal” to fully suited up hero as he helped save the day, and bring Daisy back into the fold. Now yes, I still don’t fully trust him, but at least he’s making strides.
As for that ending…wow. I knew Ada was making a brain, but I thought it was for herself (and maybe she already gave herself one), but already making another full-on LMD…OF MAY!?!?!?!?! Oh which is already IN USE?!?!?!?! Dear gosh in heaven man! Forgot the Ultron reference, she’s gone full on Doctor Doom! Doombots for everybody!
Now, there were some small faults this episode. I wish Robbie got a better sendoff, instead of just being impaled, having two failed transformations, then sacrificing himself to “kill” Eli. Also, that Quake scene of her going up into the air? Yeah…why did she need to do that?
Now, onto some fun bits! Coulson knowing about “the last Ghost Rider”? Epic! And hopefully a tease that we WILL see the one and only Johnny Blaze in non Rider form! And Daisy noting that maybe her “comic book version” can run SHIELD? Very meta. Cause if you didn’t know, Daisy did become the head of Shield in the comics for a long time. Appointed by Nick Fury himself.
“Laws of Inferno Dynamics” really did cap off the first half of Shield in a great way. And with Ada now the focus of the backhalf, I expect great things once it returns in January.