Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “The Laws of Inferno Dynamics” Review (Season 4 Episode 8)

The Spirit of Vengeance found a moment of retribution in the midseason finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., taking out the threat of Eli Morrow that has plagued the show for a shockingly brief eight episodes (that four week break really stretched things out). And while the question remains of whether we’ll see Robbie again later on in the season or on his own spin-off show – which is what this has all felt like set-up for, in some ways – there’s no denying that “Laws of Inferno Dynamics” was a fun episode, one that delivered satisfying conclusions, action scenes, and teases for what’s to come.

One of the greatest successes of this season has been the introduction of Robbie Reyes, with Gabriel Luna doing a phenomenal job portraying the character. This episode showcases pretty much every reason why, as we get plenty of Luna’s intensity, the stellar CG and action of the Ghost Rider, and further proof that he’s a hero willing to make the sacrifice play. Save for one last drive with the Hell Charger, this was a pretty much perfect end to the character’s time on the show. Wherever he pops up next, the immediate effect is that the show feels just the slight bit lesser in his absence.

That said, this episode proves that there’s plenty of potential to be mined from some of the show’s other recurring characters. For one thing, we finally got to see Mace in the field in a big way – rocking a superhero suit, no less – and he proved more than capable of swinging around that Inhuman strength. More impressive, though, was Yo-Yo, who once again showed what a fantastic character she is. From fleeing an exploding building to helping take down Big Bad Eli himself, Yo-Yo got to kick some serious butt tonight, as well as finally get together with Mack. I’m really hoping she finally gets a bigger role when the show returns.

As for what the team will be facing in the spring? Well, Aida’s exposure to the Darkhold has left her in an antagonist state, with the episode ending with her killing an agent and the reveal that May has been replace by an LMD. It’s an exciting storyline to follow, if only because Aida has so far been a surprisingly likable presence, and the pain Radcliffe allows her to feel hints at the vengeance she may be after. And after all of the supernatural hijinks this fall, a return to some classic spy plotlines like hidden agents and unseen threats is promising.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Let me know in the comments!