Welcome back, TV lovers! It’s a new season for primetime TV and we here at DG are happy to offer our recaps and opinions on our favorite weekly shows! Once Upon a Time kicked off its sixth season with Emma experiencing unusual tremors and premonitions. Meanwhile, the titular characters on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. adjust to a new world order following the events of Captain America: Civil War.
Once Upon a Time 6×01, “The Savior” (Brianna)
OUaT jumped right into introducing Aladdin and Jafar in the premiere’s opening. Well, re-introducing in Jafar’s case, for those of us who watched OUaT in Wonderland. Oded Fehr looks to be doing wonderfully in the recast role, but I’m much more interested in Aladdin’s title as a “savior” and what it has to do with Emma’s current state.
Emma starts to experience hand tremors and premonitory glimpses at a battle. The distraction nearly costs the gang an attempt to capture Mr. Hyde, who recognizes Emma’s symptoms. At his suggestion, she follows a red bird into the woods and meets a girl who helps Emma see the full vision: a vision of her death, the inevitable fate of a savior.
Elsewhere, Rumplestiltskin works on awakening Belle. Using the sands of Morpheus, he enters Belle’s dreamworld. The lord of dreams, Morpheus, greets Rumple and warns him about how he chooses to wake Belle. In dreams he recreates some of his more tender moments with Belle, hoping to get her to fall in love with him again. When they kiss, Belle’s awareness returns and she tells Rumple that, despite her feelings for him, nothing but trouble comes from their relationship. Morpheus joins the conversation and awakens Belle with True Love’s Kiss – because he is, in fact, Belle and Rumple’s unborn son. Not even out of the womb and he’s already got daddy issues.
Back in Storybrooke, Regina is already having problems with her Zelena, mostly about the deceased Robin Hood. Zelena, on the other hand, is upset that Regina separated herself from “The Evil Queen” and didn’t even tell her. Zelena takes her daughter and moves back to the farmhouse, but is surprised to find a guest waiting for her: the Evil Queen.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×01, “The Ghost”
As shown in the epilogue of last season’s finale, Daisy’s gone rogue, Coulson’s no longer Director, and Dr. Radcliffe (John Hannah) is developing a new artificial life form. The effects of The Sokovia Accords from CA: Civil War are obvious. The old gang has been split up to head different departments and keep them from trying to track down Daisy. There are new security clearances, and rules against agents fraternizing with the Inhumans in the field (cue sexual tension for Mack and Elena). During her vigilante justice spree, Daisy catches sight of a fiery figure dragging a member of the Aryan Brotherhood to his death. She investigates and faces off with Ghost Rider.
Meanwhile, Dr. Radcliffe introduces Aida (Mallory Jensen) to Fitz, who keeps the Life Model Decoy’s existence a secret from Jemma. His girlfriend is now the right hand of The Director and needs plausible deniability. Coulson and Mack follow a tip on Daisy that leads them to a mysterious shipment that drives people insane. Unbeknownst to them, Melinda May is afflicted as they take it and a surviving victim back to base. Its contents, a ghostly woman named Lucy, roams freely.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×02, “Meet the New Boss”
Jemma and Fitz work to analyze the container acquired in last week’s episode, which leads Mack and Fitz to exploring an abandoned energy lab. Lucy, the ghost introduced last week, also ends up there and releases several spectre-like comrades: former employees of Momentum Labs, imprisoned for years. While most of them try to track down the one responsible for their state, they also decide to torch the lab, with Mack and Fitz in it.
Meanwhile, the whole Playground base is abuzz: director Jeffrey Mace plans to bring S.H.I.E.L.D. back to the public eye as a legitimate agency, and holds a tour for government representatives. While Coulson is dragged along as the SSR/S.H.I.E.L.D. History Expert, Melinda keeps seeing ghostly faces on her coworkers and believes something has infiltrated the base. As she descends further into madness, it takes the literally Inhuman strength of director Mace to subdue her.
Despite their harrowing first encounter, Daisy can’t leave Robbie Reyes, AKA Ghost Rider, alone. She tracks him to his place of work and is surprised to discover that he isn’t an Inhuman. He supposedly sold his soul, and now metes out death to those who deserve it. The two face off again, and Reyes overpowers Daisy since she’s been pushing herself past her limits. He ties her up and looks for evidence that will justify him eliminating her as a loose end.
During their conversation, Robbie comes to a conclusion that he won’t share with Daisy, involving the local gang activity and the weapon from Momentum Labs. They cross paths with Mack and Fitz at the lab. Ghost Rider makes quick work of the not-so-dearly departed, then disappears. Daisy turns down an offer to return home, walking away once more from her S.H.I.E.L.D. family. The episode concludes with an unlikely partnership being struck between Daisy and Robbie, who thinks the missing link in the recent weird events is him.