AOS – Season 4 – Ep. 8 “Law of Inferno Dynamics”: A Review

Posted: 12/09/2016 in Uncategorized


Besides having possibly the coolest episode title over, this winter finale didn’t quite hit the mark as regards the Rider/Eli Morrow (Jose Zuniga) conflict. There was an abundance of action, including the direct involvement of new S.H.I.E.L.D. director Jeffrey Mace (Jason O’Mara). What clinched the deal for the episode succeeding stratospheric-ally, however, was an unexpected end sequence that opens the field for a formidable remaining season upon its return from winter hiatus. My opening volley delivered, on to my review.

The assembly of Morrow’s army at an abandoned building sees him continue his quest  to create, though what he is actually creating is never fully developed other than the notion that it looks like a back room in a Tron movie. With this episode however, there is very a laying out of cards on the table as Coulson offers Mace something for something. His revealing that A.I.D.A. is in fact an android to the new director is a brokering move as Mace planned to use her skills for further missions. Mace’s admission that he found Aida attractive plays for laughs despite his indignation. This play on Coulson’s part, and push for Mace’s reason for his involvement with Senator Nadeer (Parminder Nagra), moves things forward plot wise in one neat, fell swoop. The question of Mace’s being a force for good gains some degree of satisfactory resolution. Though May questions Coulson’s action, the return is highly beneficial as Mace authorizes Coulson to form a strike them to engage Morrow and his crew. That this team includes Reyes/Ghost Rider (Gabriel Luna) and Daisy/Quake (Chloe Bennett) is huge. He does charge Coulson with keeping them out of camera sight however. We already know how this will play as most attempts to conceal facts form the media often do. The pronouncement that Mace is foremost a political animal yields to a good resolution to a lengthy story arc involving Daisy. A lot of good gets done with this run.

The strike team also includes Elena Rodriguez/YoYo (Natalia Cordova-Buckely) and Mac (Henry Simmons) and we finally get some emotional debris cleared with these two.  This sub plot went on a bit overlong so it was good to see matters move forward with the two. There is an undeniable chemistry between the two characters. YoYo tests well with AOS’ audience as evidenced by her imminent webisode series. The demonstration of her abilities is top notch, managing to appear different as the representation of speedsters on small screen has become an overfull market via CW. Her mirror image selves, as she runs, is a very cool visual.

Most importantly, Morrow’s motives gain due clarity this episode and illustrate the depth of his personal issues as his true motivation. The conflict between he and Robbie yields due revelations as he confronts his uncle for his part in his current state as the Rider and his brother Gabe’s (Lorenzo James Henrie) paralysis. That the Rider is essentially incapacitated in the bulk of the episode was probably meant to further a gravitas laden plot but it didn’t quite succeed in this respect as reaching Eli is foregone as he is well… just evil. Watching Robbie struggle against the plutonium shards piercing him got old fast. The notion of the Einstein-ian principle of matter being neither created or destroyed, even with the involvement of the magical Dark Hold, was quite brilliant. Coulson’s explaining Morrow’s folly and relegating him to the role of thief was superb.

The team battle sequences however succeeded, namely seeing Mace in the field along with Quake, Coulson, YoYo and Mac. The return to form as regards the team aspect of AOS was most welcome. While the showdown between Morrow and the Rider seemed anticlimactic, the Quake media sequence assuredly delivered, showing that Mace is indeed a political animal and a fairly brilliant one.

The coming together of the group was refreshing. The notion of May (Ming Na Wen) and Coulson moving forward romantically is not so much undermined by an end sequence as completely subverted via an amazing and mind blowing end sequence moment. The sequence is made all the more astounding considering Aida’s sacrificing herself for the team earlier, getting riddled with bullets and demonstrating that she has been programmed to feel the pain associated with injury and near death. AOS “Law of Inferno Dynamics” overall maintained the incandescent form it has established this season. AOS remains simply outstanding and well worth your time. 2017 seems very far away at the moment.


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