Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Self Control” Review
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. LMD just doesn’t let up in the craziness you open yourself up to when the top operatives of S.H.I.E.L.D. have been replaced by LMDs. To some they might see this as another tearing down of S.H.I.E.L.D. from the inside out, but the way they have gone about this has been nothing short of thrilling. You don’t know what comes next and they are always willing this season to go to those dark places that they would have danced around before.
From the minute this episode began you could see where thy were taking this, and it could only have good results. Not only do you have four big players taken off the board and replaced with LMDs, you have Aida who continues to take this dark turn in acts that don’t show a bit of the humanity some would have thought she was opened to. So far they are playing a smart game. I think the only way this would have failed is if they tried to play into the predictability of guessing games and mysteries. Here right now everything is pretty much clear as in who is LMD, what their instructions are and the stakes in not taking them down as fast as possible. This wasn’t the time to play into the questioning of the LMDs being real either which was why it was cool to see that they were bold enough to peel that bandaid off from the start. It was touching as well considering what LMD May still had to go through in order to complete her acceptance of what she is.
What is so fun about LMD is that nothing is ever truly as it seems. When they said top four operatives that could have meant anyone and we fed into what we were allowed to see. From there the danger truly felt real as you couldn’t tell what anyone was capable of when it was time to act. Again we look at the airing of these episodes as bad, but this is what allows them the room to do the things they wouldn’t have taken a chance on before. The hurt, the pain, the loss, all of it is so much more believable and that is one thing we have needed from this show being what it is.
Aida at the moment is the most impressive character this season. It was never about feeling human as these stories tend to go, it was about the danger in what she would do when realizing her potential compared to humans. That was always the eventuality which I looked forward to with every sour interaction she has made every step of the way.
For character development, it is a good time to be Fitz and Simmons even if their current predicament is less than ideal. This is the time they have needed to shine that they couldn’t have gotten in any other situation. I mean the odds really are not in their favor despite the fact that they are dealing with machines. However it was the fear which consumed them that made their moments together pretty powerful. Fear makes you do some crazy things, though that was not something you could prepare yourself for when trust becomes such a big issue. What catches us off guard even then i how it became more than a shared moment between Fitz and Simmons. This other person shined very bright and it was a dynamic we
If anyone has doubted the seriousness they are taking with LMD, they surely should think twice now everything you thought you knew tossed out the window. With this one episode they pull us in through the action, and emotion that comes with no clear finish line seen other than what is going on in the moment. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Self Control” without a doubt raised the bar for what is possible with stories about machines. It can always be so much more than simply taking over the world.
Came as a bit of a shock to me that after this week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. the show is going on break till April 4th. You might find yourself as confused as me considering FOX has done the same thing with Gotham and Lucifer. Scheduling just isn’t what it used to be these days, though hopefully there is a good reason to the time they need to take off to get us through the last leg of this season.