Agentsof SHIELD Recap May LMD

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fall Finale Recap: Double Jeopardy

The following recap, by the very definition of the word “recap,” contains massive spoilers from the fall finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

It’s no secret that I was far from the No. 1 fan of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Ghost Rider arc, which — and this is but one semi-nerdy person’s opinion — felt a bit shoehorned into this corner of the Marvel universe. It felt more in service of weaving in some Doctor Strange Easter eggs versus spinning a yarn organic to this particular team of heroes.

But coming out of Tuesday night’s fall finale, I am feeling more optimistic about the next stretch of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4.

With Eli Morrow on the loose and creating things out of carbon like, well, a mad man, “The Laws of Inferno Dynamics” set the stage for the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to ally with both Robbie Reyes (who of course boasts a very particular set of skills) and former team member Daisy. In addition to giving Ghost Rider and Quake his begrudging blessing, Director Mace also had this to swallow: Coulson disclosed that AIDA — the science whiz whom Jeffrey is “mildly attracted to” — is an android. (“Doesn’t anyone remember Ultron?!”)

Uncle Eli’s grand plan is to entrap a massive amount of quantum energy — and frighteningly adjacent to a very precarious plutonium trigger of sorts! — in the name of creating life after he destroys some. (If you came to this recap for well-relayed science terminology, you’re very much in the wrong place.) When the team locates Eli, Robbie makes the first approach, yet even his stone-cold, hot-headed self is no match for his uncle and randomly appearing carbon spikes. Fortunately, Robbie’s body cam offers Jemma and Fitz enough information for them to ascertain the potentially explosive situation at hand — one that could wipe out a serious chunk of Los Angeles if “matchstick” meets plutonium.

shield-yo-yoWith help from Aida and her “cat’s cradle”-type engineering, the team develops a supermagnet to position inside a room beneath the energy-filled cube that Eli created. For the team’s final offensive, it was all hands on deck — from Yo-Yo (busting out a bit of Quicksilver-like, gun-adjusting trickery) to Director Mace in his nifty Patriot armor, lobbing goons left and right as if they were sacks of M&Ms. Outfitted with new gauntlets, Quake meanwhile did her best to absorb the growing tremors caused by Eli’s creation of matter, until she couldn’t take it any more and had to dart outside for an explosing “release,” propelling her high into the sky.

When all was said and done, Yo-Yo’s dash into the room had planted another magnet on Eli, which immediately pinned the baddie to the floor. Robbie then overcame the many carbon spikes perforating his torso to break free and wrestle Eli into the cube, consuming them both in fire and shutting the cover on the plutonium trigger to set off a chain of reactions that… again, the rest is wholly lost on me. (Um, science!) But Robbie and Eli eventually vanished with a flash, as did the entire “fail safe” contraption, though Coulson later told Daisy he senses they have not seen the last of (a) Ghost Rider.

As the “team that trusts” decompressed from their latest saving of countless lives, Coulson and May got a bit cozy over a finally-opened bottle of whiskey, while Mace told Radcliffe that, thanks to Aida’s latest derring-do (during which she took a bullet and ably mimicked sensations of “pain”), the professor may proceed with his LMD program — but under S.H.I.E.L.D.’s oversight, in their labs. To that end, Mace sent Nathanson to Radcliffe’s lab to round up his research, though the agent found, to his detriment, a whole lot more. Accidentally triggering open a secret room, he was shocked by what he saw — until Aida sneaked up behind him and very politely snapped his neck. Inside said room was an unconscious Agent May, as we realize that the Melinda sipping Haig with Phil is actually Aida’s first handmade LMD! “I’m right where I belong,” LMayD smiled, clinking glasses with her colleague.

Elsewhere in the episode:

* Mack sent Elena (who is getting her own hiatus web series) mixed signals again and again, especially when he spoke up against her being used to retrieve the plutonium from Eli’s contraption. Elena finally confronted Mack about their many talks and dinners that lead to, well, nothing, only to have her complaint interrupted by an impetuous kiss from “Turtleman.”

* Confronted by Coulson about kowtowing to the metahuman-hating Senator Nadeer, Mace explained that she had leverage over S.H.I.E.L.D., in the form of photos showing them in cahoots with “domestic terrorist” Quake and “murderer” Robbie Reyes.

* When Daisy landed on a public street following her aforementioned “release,” Director Mace covered for her by touting Quake as a hero who had been covertly working for S.H.I.E.L.D. this whole time. As such, she was (involuntarily) “welcomed” back to the team, lanyard and all.

What did you think of “The Laws of Inferno Dynamics,” and Season 4A as a whole? And are you excited for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: LMD?


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31 Comments
  1. TvPeong says:

    I was worried when May and Coulson talked about opening that drink. I just knew something was going to happen to one of them.

  2. steven says:

    I’m glad that we don’t have to wait until March for the show to come back.

  3. Stacey says:

    Really enjoying this season so far. Glad Daisy is back, and AIDA’s SL looks intriguing, looking forward to it! And yay for Mack and Elena!

  4. laurelnev says:

    SHIELD is one of my fav shows on the air now, and this season only strengthened that! The Robbie/GR arc turned out to be quite entertaining, and I also do not think we’ve seen the last of Ghost Rider.

    But I’m going to have to rewatch that ending. How long has May been locked away? Since her own “reboot”? Does that explain why May’s been acting a little off lately? Or was FauxMay#2 created AFTER Aida read the Darkhold?

    And WHY is it always May they clone and replace? First there was the May Mask, and now we have MayBot. Is it because May is the most badass of them all?

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      May got swapped when Mace sent her over, alone, to get Aida, while rest of team fought Eli. Aida was making her brain last week. .

    • Ben says:

      I feel as though SHIELD is on creative highs too. Perhaps it’s because I don’t watch the movies at all, but the Ghost Rider arc has felt the least shoehorned of all the crossovers to me. Plus, I feel really invested in every one of the series regulars right now.

      Time to add Yo-Yo to the series regular list, though.

  5. Tiffany says:

    When did May become RoboMay

  6. Joey Padron says:

    The Ghost Rider arc was so good. Glad the team and Robbie stopped Eli. Happy Mack and Elena kissed. Glad Daisy is back with Shield. Surprised what Aida is doing! Now they’ll will have to deal with her. Can’t wait for new episodes in January, glad the break for the show won’t be longer like it used to be!

  7. Jessica says:

    Reaaaaalllllly prefer Coulson and May stay platonic.

    I’m gonna miss Robbie!

  8. Cynthia says:

    I’m bummed. I taped the show but for that time slot…. there was nothing being taped. I have to wait for this season to show up on Netflix.
    That’s never happened with my cable before.

  9. Nathan Everett says:

    This show can do no wrong. Finally they kiss. Poor may

  10. Luis Roman says:

    I wondered whether there was something too “miraculous” with May’s recovery. Poor Coulson can’t catch a break!

  11. Billy meacham says:

    It’s be interesting if marvel somehow does a ghost rider spin off of sorts on Netflix.

  12. nobody says:

    It seems Aida is protecting Agent May, so her “protecting” is now to make a duplicate of her to keep the real May safe. An odd method of protecting someone I know… I wonder why the “phase shifted” objects are only people. Does this mean that the new Bot May cannot be “phase shifted” ?

  13. Dominique says:

    i have been very pleasantly surprised by AoS this season. after two pretty mediocre years, they’ve been on fire again, and yes, i do believe in part because of ghost rider. so i truly hope we haven’t seen the last of robbie, i liked seeing gabriel luna on the show.
    a little diappointed with aida going evil cause, well, who didn’t see that coming.
    i still don’t trust mace though.

    • i don’t know what to think of mace as well.

      For comeone who keeps emphasising, a team that trusts is a team that triumphs. is it too good to be true?

      He truly smiles handsomely though

  14. Phil says:

    Had no idea about the Slingshot web-series, so thanks for letting me know. Now if only we could also get Joey back, that would be great.

  15. Franky says:

    Why did daisy launch herself so high in the air.?