The latest episode for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D focused on the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D - Jeffrey Mace (Jason O'Mara) who in the comics is known as the character "The Patriot" as well as "Captain America" for a period of time. Prior to the airing of the episode, the show had changed the character's comic book backstory and established him as an 'Inhuman' resulting in Mace earning the position of director. The episode also continued to expand the "L.M.D" (Life Model Decoy) story arc through the progression of Holden Radcliffe's (John Hannah) plan to obtain the 'Dark Hold'.
The episode was a hit and miss for me, it could've been because I was more interested in the L.M.D story arc rather than learning about Director Mace's hidden secret. Not to say that the episode was a disaster but I found myself wanting more scenes with Radcliffe and Aida (Mallory Jensen). Although I did enjoy the return of General Talbot (Adrian Pasdar) for the exploration of 'Project Patriot'. Through which we learnt that the new director was no 'Inhuman' or even a hero but someone who was in the right place at the right time and with through the use of a serum became the perfect candidate to front S.H.I.E.L.D. It was a relieve to find out that Mace wasn't an 'Inhuman' but more of a super-solider and the plot twist did win me back.
The exploration of complications to Radcliffe's plan to get his evil hands on the Dark Hold was fascinating to watch especially his conflict with Aida who I predict will turn on her maker as we draw closer to the season finale. An injured Agent May (Ming-Na Wen) regaining consciousness and going toe to toe with the Aida was a highlight for me and could potentially foreshadow a future fight between Life Model Decoy May and a Rogue Aida. Speaking of Aida whose dismantled head remains in the possession of S.H.I.E.L.D which doesn't come with good news as Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) is on a personal mission to redeem the android after last week's episode.
To wrap it up, the latest episode has it's moments with the continuation of ongoing story arcs, an impressive plot twist and some great character development but I wouldn't say it was the strongest episode. The follow up for the L.M.D story arc could have been explored a little more rather than being a side plot but it's understandable that the episode was dedicated to the 'Patriot' character to give O'Mara an opportunity to showcase his character a little more.
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