In the season 3 finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Dr. Holden Radcliffe (John Hannah) was shown experimenting with an old and forgotten S.H.I.E.L.D. file. Even with some speculation surrounding whether or not the Koenig brothers were Life Model Decoys (LMDs for short), that appears not be the case with the tease of the robotic replicants coming to season 4. Radcliffe was gearing up to release Aida, his artificial intelligence, into her new body before the screen cut away, leaving viewers to wonder who the robot would be.
With speculation running how the existence of LMDs could bring old characters back into the fold, word was quiet on the robotic front for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. After a few months of waiting, it looks like Aida has finally found a host.
TV Line is reporting that Mallory Jansen has been cast in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Aida, the first Life Model Decoy. Jansen is coming off of her run with fellow ABC property Galavant, and ABC has found a way to keep her on the network. This is not an uncommon practice for ABC or other networks, but Jansen is now the latest name to be added to the growing cast for season 4.
No other details about how Aida will be used have been revealed just yet, but how she fits into the larger story of the season will be answered in the coming weeks. The inclusion of LMDs continues the between season shift that has been happening with the show since season 3 came to an end. It is no secret that the show lost quite a few cast members throughout last season, including four series regulars. They are in need of more characters and Jansen's casting continues to show that.
The introduction of LMDs is a very bold move for the show as it only further complicates whether or not someone is dead from here on out. They could very well kill off a character at the end of an episode and then reveal further down the line that it was merely an LMD and bring them back once again. Then again, there is no promise that the LMD technology is being used for S.H.I.E.L.D., unless Radcliffe has officially joined the organization in between the time jump. Hopefully the writers have a great story in place to tie together robots, spirits, and aliens together, otherwise this could take the series back down in terms of overall quality.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 premieres Tuesday, September 20 @10pm on ABC.
Source: TV Line