By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
Episode Written By
Drew Z. Greenberg
Radcliffe and Nadeer
I have to admit, I thought this was a fairly mundane episode until the end. There were some action sequences and some effort to move the story along, but much of it felt like filler. My feelings about this one may be due in part to the deflation I felt when we realized May’s escape was really just an elaborate computer simulation. In hindsight, it seemed obvious, but in the moment I was cheering for May. The whole sequence was a great example of just how evil and manipulative Radcliffe can be. One has to wonder what this psychological torture is doing to May’s mind and whether or not she’ll ever fully recover from this (ok, it’s a comic book television show; her mind will be fine).
The Radcliffe twist at the end was a stunner for me. We got the tease in the beginning that there was another LMD running around SHIELD headquarters, but I assumed it would be a SHIELD agent. I spend much of the episode thinking it might be Coulson, then Fitz seemed like the obvious answer. Even in that final scene between Fitz and Radcliffe, I thought Fitz might turn the gun on himself to show that he’s an LMD. Shooting Radcliffe was just as good, though. I can’t complain about that.
The final twist showing Radcliffe working with Senator Nadeer was also unexpected. This was an episode where the bad guys took the upper hand from the good guys, and that ending topped it off for me.
I feel like it’s been a while since we’ve gotten a Mack episode. This one didn’t focus on him, but we got some great insight into his character. We learned that he once had a daughter named Hope who only lived to be a week old. Mack has always seemed like a tragic figure underneath the muscles and wisecracks, and now we know why. I’ve been waiting for the writers to do something with the character for while, and now that they finally did it was a real punch to the gut.
Talbotism of the Episode
“You keep calling me reactive, Phil. Half the time I’m reacting to the steaming pile of fart pebbles you hand me.”
An Old Namedrop
While talking about the camera embedded in Aida’s head, Jemma mentioned Deathlok. He was mentioned a couple of times in season three, but we haven’t seen him since the season two episode “The Dirty Half Dozen.” As far as we know, Deathlok is still alive and actively working for SHIELD. Could this mention be a signal that we’ll get a return from that man whose story featured heavily in season one? I hope so.
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