What a hell of a cliffhanger to have before a three-week hiatus. And was the Samaritan who I thought it was?
Spoilers for “The Good Samaritan”
Let us start from the beginning… SHIELD raids Momentum Labs, but all they find are field agents left behind to guard the place have been killed and lots of missing equipment. Lucy and Eli raided the building and moved to a new facility to gain the power needed to complete the experiment. Fitz sets out to find where the two could have gone to generate the energy needed to fuel the machine.
Wanting to make sure Lucy can’t use Gabe to make Eli work for her, Daisy arrives at the Reyes’ house to pick up the younger brother and bring him to the Zephyr. Once on board with Robbie, Gabe excitedly assumes Robbie must be a secret agent. With all the late nights and blood on his clothing, Gabe was worried it was much worse (little does he know). For the moment, Daisy and Robbie go along with the lie. The important thing is Gabe is safe from Lucy.
The lie doesn’t hold up for long. Mace (after sending Simmons on a super-secret mission), along with a tac-team boards the Zephyr to take Quake and the mysterious flaming head guy into custody. Coulson calmly leads Mace on a tour of the plane while the team looks for the outlaws. Mack hides Gabe, Robbie, and Daisy in a containment unit underneath the plane making Gabe realize his brother is not telling him the truth. Robbie comes clean and we flash back to Robbie stealing his uncle Gabe’s Charger to go racing.
Gabe caught him and his older brother convinced him to come along. On their way to the races, a van pulled in front of them, opened the doors, and a man threw a Molotov cocktail at the Charger as he yelled “Fifth Street.” Robbie just barely high tailed it away from the van, but another car pulled up beside them as they are speeding away. The gang member inside the car started firing, spraying the brothers with bullets. The Charger spun out of control and flipped over, throwing Robbie from the vehicle. Stuck in the car, Gabe saw his brother laying a few feet from the car not moving. He thought Robbie was dead. “Because I was dead,” Robbie tells him.
Robbie asks what Gabe remembers after the accident. Gabe remembers the Good Samaritan who pulled Gabe from the car and walked over to check on Robbie. Then Robbie started to move and Gabe was relieved to see his brother alive. But Robbie explains as he was being thrown from the car, he prayed to anything and everything to spare his brother, that he “would give anything to save [Gabe].” After he hit the ground and died, a voice came to him and offered a chance to punish the people who hurt them. Robbie said yes. When he woke up, a figure was standing over him and gave Robbie his powers. And I promptly freaked the hell out…
More on that in a bit.
After Robbie comes clean to Gabe about being the Ghost Rider, Mace decides he has had enough of the charade. “I’ve been on the Zephyr enough to notice when the containment module is missing.” Mace orders the plane to be turned around as Fitz comes in looking for clearance to search out a possible lead on Lucy and Eli. Mace is willing to ignore a possibly dangerous situation because Coulson went behind his back on an off books mission.
Robbie freaks when he hears Eli’s name and starts to punch his way out of the containment module. Everyone is pretty sure the module will hold him right up to them moment when Robbie goes full Ghost Rider and busts open the doors. Mace throws himself at Ghost Rider to keep the hot head under control, but ol’ fireball gets the upper hand on the super strong Inhuman. While Ghost Rider doesn’t do any visible physical damage, his hits nearly knock the director out. Gabe manages to get through and Robbie reappears before he can do any real damage.
Fitz gets the clearance he needs (for the most part) to find an old Roxxon power plant he thinks Lucy and Eli could be held up at. Mace allows for the mission to continue and Robbie to help because he is the only one who can stop Lucy. “But who is going to stop you?” May questions Robbie. As the team lands at the power plant, the facility starts to generate energy. The experiment has begun. Daisy can’t hack the power plant’s network because it predates the internet. They have to do things the old fashion way. Fitz and Mack go to shut the plant down while Robbie and Coulson look for Eli. Mack and Fitz can’t shut the facility down due to something Eli did to the power circuits. Mack leaves to get the EMP generator used during “Uprising” from the Zephyr while Fitz holds the fort down.
Thru flashbacks we learn the Darkhold drove Joseph Bower insane. The book showed him and Lucy how to build a machine that could create a lump of carbon out of thin air. Eventually, they will be able to create life and other organic matters. But Joseph is not satisfied with the machine creating the matter from nothing. The Darkhold showed him how to build another machine that will inundate him with the power of creation, become a god.
Eli tried to stop Joseph and the mad scientists hired the gang bangers to kill Eli in retaliation. But Eli wasn’t trying to stop Joseph for the safety of everyone, he wanted the book and power to himself. He sabotaged the machine and trapped Lucy and the others as ghosts in the boxes. Then he nearly beat Joseph to death looking for the Darkhold. Now he has finished the machine with the help of the book.
Robbie learns the truth of his uncle’s betrayal from Lucy before he turned her to dust. Coulson finds Eli just as he is stepping into the machine. Coulson pulls the cables out of the machine and tries to detach the boxes, but it is too late. The machine emits energy, swallowing Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie who were still inside the plant. Eli walks out of the machine and is able to make a lump of carbon appear in his hands.
Questions, Thoughts and Theories:
First things first, that was Johnny Blaze who came to Robbie. It had to be, the tale-tale bullet hole to the head was the giveaway. In the comics, Johnny became Ghost Rider after he made a deal with Mephisto to save a friend who was like a father to him. After a lot of plot, Johnny thinks he has freed himself from the Spirit of Vengeance, but is shot in the head by a dying priest with a holy bullet and becomes Ghost Rider once again. Please tell me this is Marvels way of testing the waters for a Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider TV show (hopefully on Netflix)?
It is fascinating to see the differences between Robbie and Johnny as Ghost Rider. Johnny has the bullet wound, Robbie has the cracked skull. The flaming head on Johnny’s Rider is a much more controlled blaze, Robbie’s looks as if it burns hotter and more wild.
I know we are supposed to hate The Director because he is stepping on Coulson’s toes, but Mace was completely in the right when he first boarded the Zephyr. Up until he put saving his own ass above the mission and I felt Ghost Rider pummeling him was justified. If Coulson would have kept Mace in the loop, then he wouldn’t have been blindsided by Senator Nadeer.
Okay, so that twist with Eli was some BS that came out of nowhere right? For those of us who read the comics, or did some research into Robbie Reyes when it was announced he was coming to the show (like I did), we all know Eli was the bad guy in Robbie’s story. The twist was not completely out of character. How the twist came about was not so great. All this time we are led to believe he was looking to stop his colleagues from doing something dangerous and the whole time he is actually trying to gain the power himself? Talk about doing a 180. The twist was completely unearned in my opinion, but I’m happy the Ghosts are not the big bad for this arc. It will be interesting to see what Eli can do.
Henry Simmons talked to EW about where Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie may have disappeared to and his answer is disconcerting. He tells them “the way we see it is they are dead. In my mind, they’re gone, they’re dead, because that’s everything we’ve experienced so far.” Maybe they are in the Negative Zone, or wherever it is Wilkes went during Agent Carter when he became filled with Zero Matter?
Even though we are not getting an Agent Carter season three during the winter hiatus, there is still a connection to the events of season two. The Dark Force the agents encountered in the show has to be in the same family as the Darkhold, right? The producers did say there was a Doctor Strange connection at the beginning of that season. Also, Blackout from Agents of SHIELD season one “The Only Light in the Darkness,” his powers came from the Dark Force as well. Love how some strings are starting to come together.
Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about Simmons. I have a feeling she is dealing with a certain Senator’s brother. Fitz’s fear and frustration about not being able to find her was so sweet. Their argument in last week’s episode has left him worried about where they stand.
What did you think of last night’s Agents of SHIELD? Were you excited to see Johnny Blaze show and give Robbie his powers? Did you see the Eli twist coming despite the misdirection? What do you think happened to Coulson, Fitz, and Robbie? Talk to me in the comments section below.