Tuesday, October 21, 2014

TV REVIEW: "AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D." (Episode 5, Season 2)

EPISODE 5, SEASON 2- "A Hen in the Wolf House"
It seems we can get used to the notion of nobody being as they seem from now on. I don't know if that came from "Captain America: the Winter Soldier" to this show, and if that will carry over into everything else Marvel makes in this universe. But it seems to be a deep theme of this show right now. So far, it is working really well.
Tonight's episode introduced Bobbi Morse (Adrianna Palicki), a HYDRA agent who has come to Simmons' (Elizabeth Henstridge) headquarters to sniff out a mole for HYDRA. Simmons is high on stress because of this, but she is handling herself pretty well. Even though it seems that Bobbi Morse is at her every move. Director Coulson (Clark Gregg) knows how much danger Simmons is in right now, yet he seems completely un-phased when Simmons' life is threatened. Why would Coulson not be threatened? Something that has always been clear in this show is that Coulson finds his team to be members of his family. When S.H.I.E.L.D. was threatened by HYDRA,  that bond grew in ways we could barely understand. So why is Coulson barely react when Raina (Ruth Negga) threatens to alert HYDRA of Simmons undercover if Coulson doesn't allow Raina to deliver Skye (Chloe Bennett) to her mysterious father?
Because Bobbi Morse was actually another undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. sent to spy on HYDRA. In the comics, Bobbi Morse became Mockingbird, a superhero who was a member of the Avengers. She would also become a partner to Hawkeye. Once Simmons cover is blown, Morse breaks Simmons out the HYDRA base and brings her back to Coulson's new S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters. I have always had mixed feelings about Palicki as an actress. But I have to say that she does really good work as Bobbi Morse in this one episode and I excited to see how her characters moves on from here. She is not going by Mockingbird at all during this episode, and it seems that she is romantically involved with Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) at one point. I will be incredibly interested if Palicki ever appears in any of the movies, as Palicki has appeared in several films over the coarse of her career.
We also see more of Kyle MacLachlan's The Doctor, who is the father of Skye. It seems that he nearly desperate to connect back with Skye. We also learn that Skye is not her real name. This is all becoming incredibly fascinating, and it is beginning to send my geek Marvel mind into overdrive. It is hinted at that Skye maybe an alien, but what if she comes from another dimension? What if The Doctor is Mephisto or Dormammu or any of the other demons from the Marvel universe? I am overwhelmed by the possibilities that lay ahead of us.
I am also becoming intrigued by Ruth Negga this week. Her character is also becoming something that isn't a plastic cliché. It seems her loyalties fall with HYDRA and The Doctor, and it seems that those two loyalties are beginning to get her in trouble. I will be interested to see where her character goes from here and it seems Negga as an actress is becoming very capable. Another stand-out this week is Chloe Bennett as Skye, it seems getting a whiff of where she came from has caught her interest. Skye is ready to meet her dad, and since Coulson has been so distant recently, she needs a father figure more than ever. Skye is going to become more interesting in the future and I cannot wait to see how she materializes.
Things are getting crazy now, and I can't wait for next week. Especially since we get to see the first trailer for Age of Ultron appears next week. 

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