What Is Aida Doing On 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'? The LMD Is Building A Brain

The Life Model Decoys on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. aren't exactly like the hosts on Westworld, but that doesn't make them anymore trustworthy. For better or for worse, robots aren't human. While Dr. Radcliffe strummed away on his guitar in the other room, Aida built a brain on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. using her new 3D printer gloves. What on Earth is she planning?

To be fair, they could be in on this together. However, it seems more likely that the Darkhold book had some affect on her after all. Having Aida, a non-human, read the book was a smart idea — but I can't imagine that there would be no consequences whatsoever. The brain could be for herself, to make her more human. It could be for the dark force held within the book itself. What if she's building a body for Darkhold? That would be horrifying. Aida might be a "shield" who can't kill humans, but that doesn't prevent her from creating something that can.

I'm honestly thrilled with this turn of events for Aida and the series. I was worried that S.H.I.E.L.D. was going to rely on old tropes and tempt Fitz away from Simmons with a pretty robot girl. This is so much more interesting that I'm ashamed for even thinking otherwise. It keeps the storylines connected. It also, by mixing science and mysticism, sets Aida apart from Ultron and 2001: A Space Odyssey's HAL and other evil 'bots. Whatever Aida is up to on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., that glowing brain is definitely a red flag.

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