Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 9 Recap and Review
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., returned last week from winter break with the first episode in the LMD (Life Model Decoy) arc of season four. Before the break, the show said goodbye to Robbie Reyes’ ghost rider and his uncle Eli. In the final moments of the winter finale, AIDA killed Agent Nathanson and revealed an unconscious Agent May. Back at the S.H.I.E.L.D. base, Coulson and the LMD May hung out with the rest of the team.
In episode nine titled “Broken Promises”, AIDA makes a move to get the Darkhold, the Nadeer family has some issues, and the “true” or rather another enemy is revealed. Here are some highlights from the episode.
When Radcliffe, Fitz, and a few agents arrive at Radcliffe’s lab to wipe the android’s hard drive, they were in for a surprise when AIDA rebooted without their command and attacked them. The android, with the help of the Darkhold, removed the ability to feel pain and even gained the ability to know what regret feels like. Fitz got another shock when he discovered Nathanson’s body in another part of the lab after AIDA threw him through a glass door.
With the LMD May being her eyes and ears as well as the ability to hack smartphones and networks, AIDA had a big advantage over the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The android is able to get into the organization’s network and even take over one of the Quinjet to use it’s weapons system.
Alphonso Mckenzie, more commonly referred to as “Mack”, dropped some great lines throughout the episode referencing robot movies. He doesn’t have a hard time letting Radcliffe know exactly how he feels about the creation of AIDA. Things got even better when his lady love and Inhuman bad ass, Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez is called in to back to the team up. Even she has seen enough 80’s movies to know that building a robot is a bad idea.
Mack gets the win when he beheads AIDA with his shotgun ax before she can leave the base with the Darkhold at the end of the episode. He wins for the best line of the night too: “Roll credits.”
Undercover Gemma & Family with the Nadeers
While most of the team is battling AIDA, Daisy, Gemma, and Director Mace went after Senator Nadeer with the hope of rescuing her brother, an Inhuman they believe is being held against his will. Gemma went undercover in D.C. and used a decent Southern accent to get some information. The scene was reminiscent of Peggy Carter when she went undercover in Agent Carter taking on a Southern accent. It seems like the writers even gave a nod to the late S.H.I.E.L.D. founder with an exchange where Nadeer’s aide believes Gemma is a replacement for a woman name Margaret. Gemma responds by saying, “Nobody can replace Margaret.” After a fight with the aide that shows the scientist can hold her own, the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. trio head to the Nadeer’s location.
Senator Ellen Nadeer has whisked her brother Vijay away to one of their family’s properties claiming that it’s a place for him to recover. She served him breakfast and made jokes about their childhood, but it turns out it’s all a set up for the Watch Dogs to take him out. When she led her brother on a walk through the woods, the Watch Dogs approached and held Vijay at gunpoint. Vijay was able to convince his sister to call them off.
Things quickly went downhill when Daisy, Mace, and Gemma arrived. The Watch Dogs receive an order from someone only know as the superior to take out Vijay. He shows off his ability, which seemed to be speed as he dodged the attacks, leaving behind afterimage of his body. He takes down the Dogs and fired a bullet into the air, just as his sister walked into the room.
Gemma begs him to come with them back to S.H.I.E.L.D., and although Vijay doesn’t hate S.H.I.E.L.D. like his sister, he still decided to leave with her. Bad move on his part because aboard a fleeing helicopter Ellen apologized to her brother before shooting him. The siblings promised that if either of them became an Inhuman they would “do what needed to be done”. The Watch Dogs throw his body into the water below. But, this doesn’t seem to be the end for Vijay as his sinking body is encased in another husk.
The Watch Dogs throw his body into the water below. But, this doesn’t seem to be the end for Vijay as his sinking body is encased in another husk. Will he have new powers when he emerges from his second terrigenesis shell?
The “True” Enemy
Right after LMD May says that she is glad they know who their true enemy is, the scene changes to Dr. Radcliffe. The scientist is shown in his lab toasting a drink to AIDA. It turns out that he has another model of the android and was the one who wanted the Darkhold.
Final thoughts on last week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Overall, this was a good episode. I wasn’t too surprised to see that Radcliffe wasn’t to be trusted. From the moment he decided to join S.H.I.E.L.D. after working with Hive, there was an inkling that he wasn’t fully committed to the organization’s cause, at least not above his own. I think the writers did a great job trying to shift the audience’s opinion by having him get along with Fitz so well and helping the team in a big way when dealing with Eli Morrow. I almost forgot that I didn’t trust him.
Mack and Yo-Yo’s commentary and movie references made the episode for me. I mean who has “death by robot” written into their life insurance. Only Mack! I’m looking forward to seeing how the real May handles being held captive by Radcliffe next week. Can the poor woman get a break?
What did you think of “Broken Promises”?
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