The Chekhov’s Gun principle tells us that every dramatic element in a story must be necessary. And ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gave us much food for thought this week, with the revelation that Dr. Fitz’s Project Looking Glass is a nearly complete doohickie that will allow Aida, an AI stuck in android form, to inhabit a fabricated flesh-and-blood vessel. To be human… ish.
Which is “interesting” and all, but of far greater value to the larger S.H.I.E.L.D. narrative — especially if it gets renewed for Season 5 — is the prospect of Looking Glass eventually being co-opted by the good guys to bring back “home” with them a fallen hero who right now exists in the Framework as but a string of code.
Yes, the “mission” for Daisy, Jemma et al will be to stop power-hungry Aida from achieving her goal, but you have to think that before destroying the Looking Glass machine, there might be some discussion about first using it to, say, give Mack back his dearly departed daughter Hope, back in the real world. Or to have Agent “Trip” Triplett back on the team (or at least alive and well, given B.J. Britt’s brewing Fox pilot).
Or… to have Grant Ward assume yet another form, to live yet another life, this time as the charming, uncorrupted hero he appears to be in the Framework.
If the S.H.I.E.L.D. heroes decide to fire up Looking Glass for their own purposes — and supposing that they only have enough, I dunno, “fake skin goo” to give human form to one and only one person who now exists as only Framework code — who would you choose to “bring back to life”?