Review – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Self-Control”

Hello everyone! We have finally reached the ending of the winter season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and this episode did not disappoint to set us up for the rest of the season! The episode starts off with the newly planted Coulson, Mack, and Mace LMDs following their programming to get rid of all Inhumans by working from within S.H.I.E.L.D. to eliminate them. Fitz and Simmons plan to work together to figure out the best way to get their colleagues back without alerting the LMDs to their presence. 

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Unfortunately, while Fitz and Simmons are in the storage room a LMD detector goes off and alerts the pair that one of the two of them are actually a LMD. The nonhuman turns out to be Fitz and Simmons is forced to kill the double and run away before Coulson and the others show up to figure out what happened. Meanwhile, Daisy has also figured out that something is amiss and the pair is able to reunite and come up with a plan to get away from the area to try to find their real friends. They deduce that the best way to get the others back is to enter the Framework through Fitz’s system and find all of their friends to convince them that they are not living their real lives.

While LMD Coulson tells the other agents in the facility that Daisy and Simmons are the ones who are really robotic, the two are able to get a few agents to believe that they are real people and help them escape. Along the way, the group runs into the LMD of May who has been given a pile of explosives to prevent Daisy and Simmons from escaping. However, LMD May decides that she is no longer going to follow Radcliffe’s order and lets Daisy and Simmons pass. Then, when LMD May is confronted by LMD Coulson she blows up the entire facility including all the robot versions of the agents.

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When inside the Zypher, Daisy and Simmons are plugged into the Framework under the watchful eyes of the other four agents with them, including Yo-Yo. They are determined to get the others back by any means necessary, but are only able to spend a short amount of time within the Framework before they will lose their own sense of self. In the Framework reality, Daisy is in a relationship with Grant Ward, Simmons is dead, Fitz has become a rich man, Coulson is an anti-Inhuman teacher, Mack’s daughter is still alive, and May works for Hydra.

During the course of the episode Aida has also rebelled against Radcliffe. She has been programmed to not only work with Radcliffe, but to also protect the Framework. It turns out that her drive to protect the Framework is stronger than her will to work with Radcliffe as she cuts Radcliffe’s wrists and throws him back into the Framework where he has been most of the episode. The episode then ends with Aida cutting off Anton’s head and building a robotic body for his mind to take control of. 

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This episode was another great showing for S.H.I.E.L.D. I am interested in how much different the world is within the Framework and how the characters that we have grown to know and love have changed. Besides that, as Simmons is dead in the Framework does that also mean that she was unable to enter the world? I am not entirely sure what being dead in the Framework means for someone entering it from the outside but I would assume either Simmons is going to be spit back out by the system or in a box in the ground when the next episode starts. On top of that, I am also excited to see Brett Dalton back as Agent Ward. As twisted as his character became, he was one of the original cast members that I enjoyed most so seeing him back is a welcome surprise! Considering that Daisy got a text stating that they have a job coming up and May is working for Hydra, I can only imagine that May, Daisy, and Ward are all working for Hydra. If that is the case, that will throw things for a loop as S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra are completely different entities in their beliefs and goals. If the three are not working together, May could become the hardest to reach as being a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent would automatically put Daisy on May’s list of enemies. Either way, I cannot wait to see what the rest of the season holds!

-Megan_Highwind has left the party.

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