Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – The Good Samaritan

by Alan Rapp on November 3, 2016

in Television Reviews 

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - The Good Samaritan

After weeks “The Good Samaritan” finally reveals the origin story for how Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna) became Ghost Rider. With a small cameo from the previous agent of vengeance (sorry, no Nic Cage) we witness Robbie make his deal with the Devil in mostly off-screen and completely underwhelming circumstances. It’s certainly not worth the wait. Just as disappointing is the episode’s twist make the ghostly scientist victims rather than the true evil behind the experiment (which raises all sorts of plot issues given their actions over the previous weeks). Adding to the tension is the new Director’s (Jason O’Mara) decision to try and bring Robbie and Daisy (Chloe Bennet) which puts him at odds with Coulson (Clark Gregg)… and the fate of the world.

On the plus side, Daisy at least feels more at home working with the team and the episode’s reveal of the true villain should focus the show more when it returns after it’s Fall break. Aside from Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), who is shipped off on some hush-hush assignment, it’s good to see the team finally all working together rather than split-up in disparate storylines. Ghost Rider continues to dominate the season, but the allure of the character has already begun to wane as there is only so far ABC is likely to allow the character go in prime-time television.

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