Holden Radcliffe is just getting started. In the mid-season premiere of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 4, the scientist revealed his true colors when he sent Aida to steal the Darkhold from Coulson. Now, in a new clip from “The Patriot,” he’s doubling down.
The clip opens with Radcliffe checking on Agent May, who he has sedated and strapped to a medical board. Aida 2.0 soon joins him, and he discusses May’s state with her. After all, May is mighty twitchy for someone who’s supposed to be unconscious.
Radcliffe’s conversation with Aida is telling. For one, he tells Aida, “I thought this scenario was supposed to keep her calm” — and even Aida has to admit that May’s reaction is “erratic.” That suggests that the device on her head is keeping her mind preoccupied; that is to say, it’s keeping her mind off her current situation.
Additionally, Radcliffe calls May “a poor woman” and hopes that they aren’t causing her “undue harm.” Since no one but Aida is present to hear this sentiment, he is more than likely telling the truth, and that implies that he doesn’t want to hurt anyone, even if he is willing to kidnap them and hold them hostage.
That idea is reemphasized when he chastises Aida for murdering S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in order to protect his secret. “The protection I appreciate; the homicide was a bridge to far,” he scolds her, to which she tells him that her programming “places his security above all others.” At that, he says he must recalibrate her settings to “something a little less lethal.” As badly as he wants the Darkhold, then, he may not be so willing to kill for it — yet.
What’s more, Aida refers to her deadly actions in first person. That means, then, that this is the same Aida who stormed the S.H.I.E.L.D. base and not another, newer version of the LMD. Since she is an android, Radcliffe was probably able to transfer her programming over into the new body he had prepared for her. Either way, it’s worth noting that Aida remembers everything she witnessed in her previous form.
Airing Tuesdays at 10 pm ET/PT on ABC, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Chloe Bennet as Daisy “Quake” Johnson, Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May, Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie and more.
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