Agents of SHIELD “Meet the New Boss” Review (Season 4 Episode 2)

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Meet the new boss

Agents of SHIELD was still very much in table-setting mode this week, with new plot elements still being introduced and set-up for the rest of the season. The unfortunate side effect is that it made for a slightly slower episode, but “Meet the New Boss” still offered plenty of exciting moments to keep me engaged in where things go from here.

Starting with the titular plot point, this episode introduced us to the new Director of SHIELD, played by Jason O’Mara. He’s definitely a different sort of figure than Coulson or Nick Fury before him, being exactly the sort of personable, friendly face that can bring SHIELD back to legitimacy. However, he’s also far more disconnected from the organization, which means he’s able to be a rather cold, decisive leader when he needs to be. There’s no telling if he’s an actual threat yet, but the reveal that he’s an Inhuman suggests there’s still plenty we don’t know about him.

Meanwhile, the rest of the team was preoccupied with the new ghost problem, with the spirit in the box escalating things rather quickly. I’ll be honest, though I’m happy the show is making quick strides with this story, it took some weird turns this week. The way things played out last time, the spirit seemed ancient and purely magical, but this week showed that the ghosts are somehow technologically influenced? It was odd to see a bunch of spirits arguing in a lab and working on computers, and it clashed with the hallucinations May was going through.

That said, May’s growing insanity is a great storyline on its own, allowing Ming-Na Wen to play the normally stoic character as far more erratic and crazed. And while I don’t have the first idea how all the ghost material is connected yet, seeing her strapped down and shipped off did a great job of driving home how detached and methodical the new Director can be.

Finally, we got to spend more time with Robbie this week, who continued to prove a fascinating addition to the cast. As is Daisy’s destructive way these days, she’s literally playing with fire, facing a man who could easily kill her but doesn’t want to because he knows she doesn’t really deserve the self-destruction she’s after. Even better, Robbie doesn’t have any sort of connection to Daisy yet, so he’s willing – and able – to cut through all of her bluster and call her out on her crap. The two have a fascinating relationship, and I can’t wait to see where it goes now that they’re actively working together.

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