‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season Four
Like soap operas with superheroes, comic book universes tend toward illogical plots. People die and come back to life. No one’s who they seem to be. Your best friend is a robot. Continuing this tradition, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. went through more than its share of illogical machinations in season four. Ghost Rider, not a traditional S.H.I.E.L.D. ally, infused the first half of the season with supernatural angst. It seems, however, that the demon dimension (as Joss Whedon would call it), has a kind of science in its sorcery. As I groused about during the season, season four’s mix of supernatural and science fiction seemed contrived and uncomfortable. While the Robbie Reyes character brought a lot of heat, that heat was tamed by a show that doused it with otherworldly water.
The misfit between Ghost Rider and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. created more than a dimensional rift; it created a fissure between the audience and the show. The introduction of the new character didn’t boost rating; indeed, they continued to decline. The second half plot with Aida, the Life Model Decoy (LMD), taking interdimensional inspiration from Ghost Rider’s uncle to wreak havoc on “this” world, also failed to create interest.
So, what is the Marvel television team doing wrong? I think the answer two-fold: straying too far from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and straying too far from Nick Fury.
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