[SPOILERS for those not caught up on Agents of SH.I.E.L.D. ahead.]
The fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for many has been another improvement in quality and has continued to deliver on the promise that Ghost Rider would be a big part of the series. The Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna) version of the character has been a prominent member of this season's story, which has now become closely connected to the goals of S.H.I.E.L.D. Robbie's uncle Eli has successfully given himself the ability to form carbon based objects and potentially more, which means he is the biggest threat currently facing the once-again public spy organization.
Throughout the first seven episodes of this season, Robbie has had an uneasy alliance with S.H.I.E.L.D. but has learned to trust them for the most part. One of the reasons why is Daisy's relationship with them - but surprisingly enough, she has continued to distance herself and not re-joined the team that serves as her second family. With the looming threat of Eli, S.H.I.E.L.D. needs all the help it can get, which is why Coulson is pleading to use the biggest guns they've got in a new clip for the midseason finale.
Said new clip is from 'The Laws of Inferno Dynamics', the eighth episode of the season and the end of a short first half to S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4. In the clip, Coulson (Clark Gregg), May (Ming-Na Wen), and new director Jeffrey Mace (Jason O'Mara) discuss what their plan should be to put an end to Eli's plans. As the former director and long-time agent, Coulson makes the wise suggestion to bring in the most powerful assets they have: Daisy (Chloe Bennet), Robbie, and Yo-Yo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley).
S.H.I.E.L.D., Robbie, and Daisy have continued to work together throughout the first half of this season, no matter how little they all trust each other or want to work together in the first place. Robbie has repeatedly shown his value in fighting the supernatural, but after making a new deal with the Spirit of Vengeance, he could be pulled even further to the darkness and begin to lose his hold on his life. Daisy, meanwhile, continues to work with the mindset that she needs to distance herself from the ones she loves in order to protect them, but she cannot stop being the hero that she is and continues to work with them.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has followed the paths of many shows before it and has ended its previous midseason finales on major cliffhangers. Season 1 made it look as though Mike Peterson aka Deathlok (J. August Richards) had died. Season 2 midseason finale featured the death of Trip (B.J. Britt) and Daisy unlocking her Inhuman abilities. Season 3 featured the death of Grant Ward and the beginning of Hive's takeover of him. For related reasons, we anticipate 'The Law of Inferno Dynamics' leaving the show's characters in a similar tricky position - exactly what that is though, will be revealed in but a few days (from the time of writing this).
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 continues Tuesday, December 6 with ‘The Laws of Inferno Dynamics’ at 10pm on ABC.
Source: Marvel TV/ABC [via Television Promos]