Happy Wednesday readers! With next week being the winter finale of the show, it was time to go big or go home and S.H.I.E.L.D. definitely delivered! The episode starts off with both Coulson and Daisy inside of the Framework that Fitz put together to get a feel for the inner workings of the system. Coulson comes out of the Framework thinking that he has a good grasp on the concept when Fitz reveals to Coulson that Radcliffe’s version is leaps and bounds ahead of the one that Fitz has created. He warns that they should not underestimate Radcliffe as he has proven time and again that he has the ability to get what he wants by using his brain and Aida.
Coulson and the others try to discover where Mace has been taken and are led to Alaska. While in Alaska they are unable to find Mace himself, however, they do find his suit along with a wall of clues that lead Coulson and the others to a location in Russia that Coulson and May worked at together in the past. The team goes to Russia where they end up finding Mace, but Radcliffe is able to get away. Mace has been beaten to a bloody pulp but will survive his wounds. While recovering Mace from the facility, Anton Ivanov is seriously injured and knocked unconscious. After things settle down, we get a scene of Aida talking to the incapacitated form and telling him that he will be playing a big role in the next part of Radcliffe’s plan.
During the time rescuing Mace, we get flashbacks of Coulson and May in their Russian mission. It appears that they are tasked with getting an unnamed object from the facility and escape without being encountered by the enemy. However, in true S.H.I.E.L.D. fashion, the pair are discovered and have to fight a Russian team to get away. The pair escapes while the Russian team is almost all killed because of their failure to keep the device safe. The one who happens to survive to hold a grudge against Coulson to the present is none other than Anton. The scenes give the viewer a clearer understanding of exactly why Anton believes that Coulson is responsible for the death of his team.
When back at the base, Fitz and Simmons realize that something funny is going on with the timeline of everything that happened at the facility during the rescue of Mace. It is then that they notice deleted security camera footage and decide to check it out. It turns out that the Coulson, Mack, and Mace that have come back to the base are all LMD’s and unbeknownst to Fitz and Simmons, they have brought back the LMD May as well. The horror on the faces of Fitz and Simmons is prevalent when they realize exactly how bad off things are when over half of their team including the two leaders, Coulson and Mace, are already LMD’s who are programmed to work for Radcliffe.
This week’s episode was definitely a shocker. I knew that things were going to get worse before they got better but I was not expecting that Radcliffe would be able to sneak that many LMD’s into the S.H.I.E.L.D. base without someone noticing. Radcliffe and Aida have quite the hold on things and without their muscle to help, it will be quite the uphill battle for Fitz and Simmons to try to hold things together and get the others back. I am hoping that Coulson and the others will wake up wherever they are being held and fight their way out of Radcliffe’s clutches. I am ready for Radcliffe and Aida to finally get their comeuppance even though I am not sure how that will happen with them also having control of the Darkhold. The next episode is being directed by Jed Whedon, brother of Joss Whedon, so it is sure to be a good one. I am excited to see how the winter finale pans out and can only expect that things are going to get crazy next week!
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