Now we’re cooking with hellfire! “Meet the New Boss” continued the world building of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s fourth season, but managed to do so in a more compelling (though frantic) way than the season premiere. The strength of Ghost Rider’s addition to the series wasn’t just seeing a Spirit of Vengeance tear a swath across the road in fiery glory, even though that continues to be cool, but rather he opens up the pathway for the supernatural to start seeping into the show, and boy does it ever with this episode. “Meet the New Boss” begins on quite a creepy note as the ghost from our season premiere appears in a family’s living room in the middle of the night. Confused and hostile, the ghost jumps into the body of a worried father who sees his son as a monster before the show pans to the title card, leaving his fate unknown. Honestly, you can guess where this went from here, but I can appreciate the darker edge without necessarily showing the gory details here.
Speaking of Ghost Rider, we’re given a bit more insight into Robbie Reyes’ life as a mechanic, as he works to support his younger brother who also happens to be stalked by a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in the form of Daisy. The chemistry that everyone had in the car shop definitely had me wishing we’d get more of that, as it seemed very natural and would fit well into the Netflix-Marvel setting, even if it doesn’t take place in New York City proper. Gabriel Luna continues to do an admirable job as Reyes, though I wish his character was fleshed out a tad more than the gruff exterior he currently has; though I suppose that’s part of just getting to know him and the relationship with his brother as time goes on. The back and forth Daisy has with him goes a long way toward getting into his head, and manages to give us a better sense of Quake’s capabilities (both with her spy training and her powers) as she uses them quite frequently when the two throw down.