TV REVIEW: Agents of SHIELD 2.5 “A Hen in the Wolf House”

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“A Hen in the Wolf House” serves a couple of different functions as it brings some of the lingering threads from previous episodes to a close and launches the show in a new direction for the rest of Season 2. I’m a bit late on the review for this one, so I’ll be offering just a few quick thoughts:

– Adrianne Palicki really shines as Bobbi Morse gets a kick-ass introduction into the MCU. The tension of her true allegiance is a little undercut if you’re familiar with the character from the comics, but Palicki’s coded and tense interactions with Simmons show why she’s such a valved asset to Coulson. Overall, the show did a great job introducing and handling the character and I hope that Coulson’s line about her joining the team means she’ll be a major part of the show as it moves forward.

– While I was very happy with the resolution of the Simmons plot, I’m a little less interested in what’s happening with Skye and her father right now. Kyle MacLachlan is certainly bringing a fair amount of intensity to the table with his performance, but his motivations are still too opaque for my tastes. His end-of-episode truce with Whitehall and Hydra certainly look to put SHIELD in a bad position, but I’m curious as to what the endgame is here.

– The Simmons and Fitz reunion definitely lived up to my expectations and gave Ian De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge plenty of great material. Their relationship is damaged at best, so we’ll see what happens with them moving forward, but I’m glad the duo are back together.

“A Hen in the Wolf House” is yet another strong outing for Agents of SHIELD. I’m glad the team is fully back together and that the show took its time getting everyone back together, so the reassembling of the team lands in a truly impactful way.

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