Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Self-Control” Recap and Review
Last week, it was revealed that several high-ranking members of S.H.I.E.L.D. were replaced with life model decoys during the mission to recover May and Director Mace. This week’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was written and directed by Jed Whedon, making this his first time behind the camera for the series. It was action-packed and in my opinion one of the best episodes of the series. Here’s what went down.
Things kicked off with Fitz and Simmons trying to keep their cool in the face of discovering that their teammates are LMDs. While the others plan to gather all the inhumans and kill them, the two scientists tried to keep calm and think up a way out. When the pair went through a doorway, it set off LMD detectors. Things get tense as the couple went back and forth trying to figure out which one of them was the decoy. Jemma went as far as aiming a gun at Fitz and convincing him to cut his wrist to prove he’s human. When she approached to help stop the bleeding, he turned around a stabbed her in the leg. The LMD tried to scan her brain to duplicate it for another decoy but she killed him before he could. I tried not to feel for LMD Fitz, but his repetition of “Jemma, stop. It’s me.” while she stabbed him was tough. The scene showcased once again the talent of Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gave us another surprise when Aida tells Radcliffe that four decoys are in place with only two more left to be replaced, Daisy and Jemma. It turned out Daisy is herself and not a decoy as viewers were led to believe last week. Instead of meeting LMD Mack at Zephyr One to go “pick up” YoYo, the inhuman headed to the basement where she found multiple decoys of herself. When Mack came down to find her, she blended in among the group and knocked him out. After escaping and witnessing Coulson and Mace discovering the destroyed model of Fitz and killing agents, she ran into an emotional Jemma. We got another intense “are you an LMD?” stand-off before Daisy used her powers to prove she was herself.
In a move that surprised no one, Aida slit Radcliffe’s wrist and placed him in the Framework to die. She explained that he was the only risk to the Framework because he may later regret creating it and decide to change her parameters to destroy it. His flaw of self-control could prove to a problem. The android also created a new body for the injured Watchdog leader, Anton Ivanov despite his protest.
Back at S.H.I.E.L.D., Mace and Coulson told the other agents that Daisy and Jemma are LMDs and locked down the base. Coulson also reactivated May’s LMD, telling the her that she was the last line of defense. Before an all-out search could really begin, Jemma and Daisy released a tranquilizer-type gas to knock out all of the human agents. A bad ass fight scene with awesome lighting between LMD Mace and Daisy followed. After she defeated him using her skills and a taser rod, she used a supercharged vibration attack to destroy LMD Mack and knock out LMD Coulson.
Jemma used an antidote to wake up a few agents. They weren’t convinced that she wasn’t an LMD until LMD Mack’s head rolled into the room. The group headed to Zephyr One to start it up and await the pair. Before Daisy and Jemma could join the other agents, they ran into LMD May who was waiting for them with an explosive. She let them go and confronted Coulson’s LMD about the differences in their programming and her need to protect Coulson. Since he isn’t the real man, she had no problem setting off the bomb. As the Zephyr flies away from the fiery blast, YoYo helps Daisy and Jemma get into the Framework. The plan is to save their friends from the inside. In the virtual reality world, the lives of the agents looked very different. Daisy is dating Grant Ward, returning cast member Brett Dalton. Coulson is a teacher. Jemma is dead (if the headstone is real). Fitz is rich and May is in a position of leadership at the Triskelion.
Final thoughts on this week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
A episode! This may be one of my favorite episodes of the show. I was a big fan of Brett Dalton’s Ward and rode the roller we were thrown onto when he ended up being Hydra and then Hive before his death. I’m happy to see his return. It leaves me to wonder if he knew he would return last summer when I attended his and Elizabeth’s AOS panel at Awesome Con. The performances from Chloe Bennett (Daisy), Elizabeth and Iain were amazing. Nothing like an emotional Fitzsimmons scene and an LMD mentioning marriage to get my feelings going. Jed certainly needs to director more episodes. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ended the LMD arc in a strong way. I am bummed that we’ll have to wait until April for new episodes.
What did you think of “Self-Control”?
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