Spoiler Warning: This post contains major plot points to this week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode. If you haven’t watched the episode yet and don’t want spoiled, turn away.
Before you get started reading my breakdown of some of this episode’s bigger moments, I encourage you to head on over and read through Matt’s review of “Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire” here.
Uncle Eli/The Darkhold
It’s not too far into the episode until we see Agent Coulson speaking to Eli Morrow, the uncle of Robbie and Gabe Reyes. If you’re not familiar with Robbie’s run as Ghost Rider in the comics, Eli was a Satanic serial killer who murdered over 30 people before being killed by police. Because of his time as a Satanist, Eli’s spirit is the Ghost Rider spirit that possesses Robbie.
And that’s where the show’s changing this all up. After Coulson is unable to get much information out of Morrow, he and Mack leave the prison only to see Robbie pulling in the parking lot only for a kick-ass “Hell Charger vs. Lola” car chase to break out. Coulson and Mack are able to subdue Robbie and use him to get information out his uncle.
Eli tells Robbie to his co-workers were working on a failed experiment, the one that turned them into the ghosts. He then tells Robbie about a book they used during the experiment and warns him that it’s very dangerous.
The Darkhold is mentioned again near the end of the episode when Agent Coulson pulls a picture of it up on his tablet before telling the crew what their next mission is: to find the book. In the same dialogue between Coulson and his team, he namedrops both HYDRA and Nicky Fury, saying it’ll be a challenge since neither of those parties were able to find the book.
If your curiosity surrounding The Darkhold is peaked, check out this article on the book, written by MCU Exchange’s very own Butch Chalkley.
Hellfire vs. Ghost Rider
Last week’s episode showed a terrorist group known as “The Watchdogs” hunting down and killing Inhumans. This week’s show kicked off with Daisy breaking into an apartment Simmons and Fitz were looking at renting, and asking Simmons for some help finding out how The Watchdogs are able to find the locations of every Inhuman as that’s supposed to be classified government information.
Daisy and Simmons are able to track down James, a.k.a. Hellfire, from last season and warn him about the group that’s killing all of the Inhumans. He tells them that he wants to meet after he’s done with his job which, conveniently enough, is at a fireworks stand. When they meet at the storage unit James told them to meet at, it’s revealed that James set up an ambush and has been working with The Watchdogs all along.
As Hellfire is about to kill Daisy and Simmons, he’s stopped by none other than Robbie Reyes, who turns into the Ghost Rider for a bad-ass fight scene between him and Hellfire. The fight ends with the two, who are both on fire, falling into the fireworks warehouse and lighting everything on fire. Ghost Rider pulls and incapacitated Hellfire from the burning wreckage using his new-found weapon: a chain.
The Gang’s All Here
As I said above, the episode wraps up with Coulson telling his crew that they’ll be working on tracking down The Darkhold. With Ghost Rider and Daisy both on the plane and agreeing to work with S.H.I.E.L.D., although they don’t entirely have a choice with both being wanted vigilantes, it appears the whole crew is back together. Agent May is alive, and apparently quite healthy, so I’m a bit excited to see everyone back together.
Personally, I’m excited to see Ghost Rider working alongside Coulson & Co. What are your thoughts? Are you excited for Daisy to be back aboard Zephyr One? How about that completely badass fight between Hellfire and Ghost Rider? Let me know what you thought of the episode in the comments below.