Fitz Took Another Dark Turn On 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

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Fitz snarled that Daisy doesn't know him like she thinks at the end of Tuesday's new episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and honestly, maybe he's right. Is the Framework revealing the true nature of our heroes? I'm not sure I want to live in a world where Fitz is irrevocably dark and Grant Ward is redeemed, but here we are. While Mack and Coulson are down with the resistance, Fitz killed Agnes on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and is still quite devoted to Hydra and its Madame.

Not only did Fitz willingly shoot Aida/Ophelia's original, but he's adamant towards anyone claiming that he doesn't know himself and his true nature. He also seems pretty game to torture Radcliffe as well as Daisy, upon discovering that she is Inhuman. The only person who might be able to reach him is Simmons. It only makes sense that the kindest team member on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is going to be the hardest to break from this digital dream world. Honestly, if Ward wasn't such a big damn hero in the Framework, I would suggest that some lessons about male privilege are at play as well.

I'm not saying that I would be surprised if Fitz was harboring some serious anger and regret that the Framework was able to exploit in him. What do they say about the quiet ones? He has suffered a lot. It makes sense that this programming killed off Simmons. They may be soulmates, but loving each other has caused them a lot of pain. Just a handful of episodes ago, Fitz was convinced they were cursed. It's just a shame that an attempt to correct that pain ended in an evil world order and a trigger happy Leopold.

I did appreciate the fact that Ophelia, the Madame Hydra formerly known as Aida, got to explain her motives a bit in this episode. While drawing comparisons between "female" robots and objectifying women sometimes makes me wary, Aida's monologue was compelling and made some good points. Besides, in the Framework, she's as real as any of them.

Ophelia is as real as The Doctor, Fitz's evil persona. Fingers crossed that he snaps out of it soon enough, or is at least playing a long con. Exploring the darker side of your personality in an alternate universe is all well and good for a while, but eventually someone is going to get hurt on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — and I definitely don't want it to be at Fitz's expense.