Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Did Ghost Rider Live Up to the Hype?

Did Ghost Rider live up to the hype?
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***SPOILER ALERT: If you didn’t see the premiere, watch it On-Demand and then come back. 😉

The most anticipated season premiere of Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D premiered last night. (*Insert happy dance) Guys, we finally got to see the new character we’ve all been waiting for:

Ghost Rider.

Now, the only Ghost Rider I know is the Nicholas Cage version. And yeah I saw both movies (don’t know if that was a good thing or bad thing). Needless to say, I was looking for a Marvel Studios worthy version of this fiery character. As the season premiere approached, we were made aware that there was a deviation from the character we’re familiar with. The Hellcycle my friends is out. A haunted, black muscle car is in — a muscle car that can survive a freaking rocket launcher by the way!

So, did the season premiere do the famed and fiery Ghost Rider justice?

The way they introduced him was tactfully done. Instead of showing him in his full glory in the first five minutes, we got him in perfect cinematic doses. We don’t even see his face until further on into the show. The fiery skull doesn’t make an appearance until the epic showdown between him and Quake (aka Rogue Daisy).

There was no question, however, that he was a badass. Burning and ripping out spines in the first five minutes. Running over the truck driver chained up in his garage. Yup, he is NOT the person you want to cross.
But he has a human side too. Robbie Reyes, his human alter ego is quite conflicted. We see this first when he lets Quake live despite the fact he’s been killing everyone off so far. Even more telling evidence is finding out he has a disabled younger brother. Talk about a dynamic that’s ripe for good, TV conflict.

This Ghost Rider character does tote a fine line, though.

The same can also be said for the series in general. As one of my fellow S.H.I.E.L.D fans pointed out in a Facebook group, Marvel is trying to blend the science fiction part of the brand with the mystic one in this season. You can thank the upcoming Dr. Strange movie for that. We already got a taste of that with the mysterious “Raiders of the Lost Ark” box the bad guys opened. My hope is that this franchise doesn’t lean too far to the magical side of things. If the show uses too much of it to the point where the show stops making sense, fans will be completely turned off.
Will that happen? Well, we’re just going to have to watch and see!

Did you see last night’s premiere? What did you think of Ghost Rider?

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