Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2×05 Review: “A Hen in the Wolf House”
There were a lot of things going on in this week’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., not that this is bad, but it did seem a lot to cram into one episode. I honestly don’t know where to start. There were three main things that I do want to point out that were probably the most important elements to the episode.
Firstly, it was nice to see more of Simmons this week, even better was to see her leave her undercover assignment with HYDRA and return to the fold. I have to admit that her reunion with Fitz was something I was really looking forward to, but I was kind of disappointed. It seemed a bit lacklustre and forced. Not to mean that it wasn’t as important as it anything else in the episode, it just seemed off. This might be due to the reasons why Simmons left in the first place or Fitz’s compromised mental capacity – only future episodes will tell. FYI – best moment of the episode was Fitz checking out Mac. It was perfect.
Related to the Simmons storyline is Bobbi Morse, aka Mockingbird. When Adrianne Palicki was announced as joining AOS, I was more than thrilled. I love seeing additional characters being mixed into the fold, especially well-known ones. (I’d pay anything to have Hawkeye show up on AOS now that we’ve got Bobbi.) Palicki was excellent, and so badass! I am really glad the Wonder Woman pilot she did didn’t get picked up, because now we have her here. As an added bonus, we got the fun moment of her and Lance Hunter at the end of the episode. I have to admit, Hunter is really growing on me, and to see those two together. I am in love. I honestly can’t wait to see them on screen together again.
This week we also got a better look at the whole alien arc. There were so many moving pieces with this storyline: Skye, Coulson, Raina, Skye’s Dad, Ward, Whitehall… seriously. Don’t get me wrong, it was nice to see everything interconnected, but it really could of had it’s own episode, let alone it’s own series. I’m impressed with Marvel and what they are doing with it. Ultimately, Skye is now in the loop with the symbols that Coulson keeps drawing and has revealed it’s a map. Raina, badly attempted to blackmail Coulson for the 084, which I actually liked. It was nice to see a softer side of her, and how she really doesn’t want to hurt anyone, just wants answers (as well as trying to maintain self-preservation thanks to Whitehall). And then there’s Kyle MacLachlan, who is Skye’s dad. I’m not really sure how I feel about this, either it’s his acting or the character himself that rubs me the wrong way. At the end of the episode, he also joined forces with HYDRA, so there’s that also to factor in, now that he’s declared Coulson his enemy. I am really feeling bad for Phil; loads of pressure being dumped on him while he’s also slowly loosing his mind… talk about the short end of the stick.
In the end, this episode seems to be taking a lot of the pieces and attaching them back together. There is definitely cohesion being built back into the storyline. I really hope that it will continue going in this direction. I like having the gang together, and now with the added members, I am looking forward to S.H.I.E.L.D. being rebuilt properly.
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