By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
A Plot: Defeating the LMDs
This was hands down, the best episode of season 4 and one of the best of the series. From start to finish the episode was suspenseful with what felt like non-stop action. Finding out Fitz was an LMD was just as heartbreaking for me as it was for Simmons. Fitz has really transformed into a great supporting character. He’s become for Agents of SHIELD what Coulson was for the MCU films. Seeing him temporarily defeated, along with most of the others, was difficult to bear.
It was also fun to see Daisy come in and save the day. I’ve been questioning her role on the series since the Ghost Rider arc ended. She’s a fantastic lead character, so seeing her relegated to the background, only to come out when the story needed super powers, was frustrating. Having her take charge again really rejuvenated the character for me.
Finally, even robot May is someone (or something) you don’t want to mess with. I don’t know if it’s entirely logical that an LMD would go against its programming and kill the other LMDs, but I’m going to ignore that because it was a riveting scene. Thanks to robot May, there’s only Fitz and a team of Quakes to deal with.
Sidenote: I’ve been calling May a robot since this series began, so this twist and ending for her was fitting.
B Plot: Aida Takes Over
My feelings on Aida’s story have been up and down since this arc began. At first, I hated it because it felt like Age of Ultron redone on a much smaller scale. Then I liked it when it seemed like Radcliffe was really the big bad guy and Aida was merely a tool for him to wield against SHIELD. Now that Aida has turned on and killed Radcliffe, I’m wary of the story again. Thanks to this twist, there’s still a chance for this story to simply be a retelling of Age of Ultron. That doesn’t sit well with me, but there’s still time for the story to once again turn and grab my attention.
Speaking of the story turning and grabbing my attention, some things happened in the end that I never expected. Daisy and Simmons going into the framework was a surprise for me as was finding a fake world run by Hydra. I’ve been pretty vocal about how happy I am that the Hydra storyline ended, but I can live with this since it’s not really the return of Hydra. I can also live with the shocking return of Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, again because he’s not really back. These are all figments of everyone’s imagination. When this is over, Hydra will still be gone and Ward will still be dead and evaporated with his molecules still floating around in space. The story can go to some grandiose places from here because, in the end, it doesn’t really count. It’s fitting that the next episode is titled “What If?” because just like the Marvel comics of the same title, it’s all hypothetical from here.
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