So a bit of positive news, it seems Agents of SHIELD is looking more likely to be renewed. Or at least one USA Today Article suggests it should be. There is less to the article than I’d hoped but hey, that’s kind of a plus. I really feel like there is room for Agents AND the new Inhumans show. Frankly, I’m way less interested in The Inhumans show. I’ll still watch but it just interests me less.
Anyway, I kind of wonder how long this Framework plot line is going to last. I feel like the What If Scenario we have going on is going to drag a bit if the plan is to run for the remaining 8 episodes. Not to mention it means no Yo-yo at all except maybe in the end when they get free and it kind of abandons the plot line with The Superior being turned into a pseudo LMD and wanting to kill Coulson. Also it leaves the plot with Nadir cocooning up in the ocean going nowhere.
Basically, there’s too many loose ends for 8 episodes of “How do we escape The Matrix?”
On a side note before getting into spoilers, there has been a lot of pretty heavy underlying commentary these last few episodes on the state of the world. Effectively using Hydra as a metaphor for the whole Alt-right mess. Like how Simmons comments that “They are all Nazis” last episode and Fitz this episode uses the phrase “Make Society Great Again.”
Anyway, onto the Spoiler Section…
There were a few sub plots wrapped up here, which is nice. It’s good to see the plot moving forward a bit. There was also a new sort of villain introduced, though it’s not super clear how long he’ll end up lasting. He’s effectively the leader of the Watchdogs, I guess. This also gave us some background for the motivations of The Watchdogs as well as a bit of insight on Agent Coulson in the bigger picture world, since he is supposed to be dead and all.
More importantly, we got the return of Agent Koenig, as well as Agent Koenig, and the introduction of Agent Koenig and another character, also named Koenig. In addition to the kooky twins, triplets, whatever joke, I really enjoy Koenig when he shows up because he feels sort of like a 4th wall “Voice of the Fans” sort of fanboy, which makes for even more good jokes. His presents definitely made this episode a good one, but I’ll get more detail on that with…
The Spoiler Zone!
The core story of this episode, as the title “The Patriot” suggests, is about Director Mace, and his background, and his secrets. It’s an alright episode with some pretty important plot elements weaved into it. Quite a bit of decent action going on throughout the episode, while the over arching LMD plot takes a bit of a backseat to everything.
Spoiler synopsis and notes beyond.
Yet another break has ended, and we get a return of the Agents of SHIELD. The show picks right up where the previous episode left off, only now under the LMD banner. LMD stands for Life Model Decoy, aka the android robot known as Aida. When we previously left, Aida had absorbed some of the knowledge from the mysterious Darkhold book and effectively become a sentient crazy ala Ultron. She had also replaced Agent May with a May LMD.
We get a few new answers in this episode, we don’t get a lot of new questions, mostly just set up for the LMD plot line for the next few episodes or so. There’s not a whole ton of great action going on in this episode, but there’s a lot of good back and forth between the crew as they work through the events of the episode.
I’m still a little curious about where this little plot run will go. Aida doesn’t seem nearly malicious enough to really carry the villain role for a super long time Maybe she isn’t the villain though, with the return of the Watchdogs.
Anyway, onto the Spoiler Section!