‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season 4 Casts Mallory Jansen as First LMD
Much has naturally been made of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. introducing a new Ghost Rider, perhaps overshadowing another notable Marvel mainstay teased in Season 3's finale. To wit, Galavant star Mallory Janson has joined Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 in a key role, but is she our first Life Model Decoy?
Per TVLine, Jansen will take the robotic role of “AIDA,” previously observed as Dr. Radcliffe (John Hannah)’s personal A.I. in the closing scene of Season 3. The same scene saw Radcliffe gifting Aida with a new robotic form (hence casting Jansen); ostensibly the first of the LMD program (Life Model Decoy in the comics).
In the meantime, so reads the lengthy Season 4 synopsis:
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returns with a vengeance for the fourth exciting season in an all new time period, Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. ET. In the aftermath of their journey to another planet, Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the rest of the team were driven more than ever to put an end to the Hydra organization. Little did they know that they were up against the deadliest threat they’ve ever faced – an extremely powerful Inhuman, Hive, who was transported back from Maveth in the body of their worst enemy, Grant Ward. The team was able to thwart and kill Hive and take down Hydra, but they are all still mourning the death of fellow agent and Inhuman, Lincoln Campbell.
In light of the Sokovia Accords, and with Hydra obliterated, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been legitimatized again and no longer needs to operate in the shadows. Since the world presumes that Coulson is dead, the organization needed a new Director (Jason O’Mara) to be the face of the organization. Coulson finds himself back in the role as an agent and teamed with Mack (Henry Simmons), and together they are tasked with tracking down and confirming the presence of Enhanced people, aka Inhumans. They have been trying to track down and capture Daisy (Chloe Bennet), aka Quake, who has gone rogue in an attempt to atone for sins from the past. But with the world believing that Daisy is a dangerous outlaw who has taken down banks and bridges, the new Director has no qualms about taking her down for good. Agent May (Ming-Na Wen) is tasked with training specialist strike teams, and Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) have taken a big step forward in their relationship. But with Simmons’ new promotion as Special Advisor to the Director in Science and Technology, Fitz, as well as her former team members, finds it hard to confide in or trust her since she’s now the Director’s confidant.
Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna) will roar into the lives of Agent Coulson and the team as a junkyard mechanic who can turn on a dime into the terrifying Ghost Rider. Will Robbie be a friend or foe to S.H.I.E.L.D. – as well as the world, itself? Meanwhile, Fitz discovers that socially awkward genius and friend Dr. Radcliffe (John Hannah) has started putting the finishing touches on a new, secret invention.
Elsewhere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4, we know Jason O’Mara has joined in the role of our mysterious new director, supposedly a character with Marvel ties to the past. The new season was also said to skew darker in its new 10:00 P.M. timeslot, amusingly enough with equal-opportunity sideboob.
We’ll see for ourselves when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 premieres in its new timeslot on September 20, but what do we make of the newest addition?
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