TV Club: A frantic Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. can’t quite catch its breath

It’s the speech we’ve known was coming all season long. Ever since the stinger in the season-three finale, when Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. first teased the arrival of Aida, the expectation was that this artificial intelligence wouldn’t settle for just being Holden Radcliffe’s errand girl. If you put a powerful A.I. on the shelf in the first act, you have to turn it against its creator in the last act. And so, after killing Radcliffe, shoving everyone into the Framework, and assuming personal control of the day-to-day functioning of this reality, Aida (sorry, “Ophelia”), the being once tasked with turning this digital realm into a better world, finally gives a monologue about the pain of being someone’s lesser sidekick. “Do you know how degrading it is to be kept in a closet? To be used? To be treated as a …

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