Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., S2 Ep05 – A Hen in the Wolf House

In the fifth episode of its second season, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is still going strong. “A Hen in the Wolf House,” an episode aptly titled for the plights that both Simmons and Raina go through respectively, brings fans of the series some brand new revelations and an awesome new character.

Let’s begin with that new character. She was quite the bad-ass. Adrianne Palicki joins the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Bobbi Morse, a.k.a. Mockingbird. Some might recall that Palicki was supposed to play the titular role in The CW’s Wonder Woman TV series, but unfortunately for her, that series was never picked up. Taking on the role of Mockingbird, a Marvel character that has been in existence since the early 70s, is a nice substitute and Palicki really owns the role.

Mockingbird on Agents of SHIELD

Bobbi Morse, a.k.a. Mockingbird

Bobbi Morse is introduced in this episode as working for HYDRA. When HYDRA begins to suspect there is a mole within its ranks, Morse is required to lead a party searching for anyone who may be working against them. Agent Simmons, Coulson’s mole in HYDRA, has good reason to be scared as Bobbi is fierce and ruthless. Fortunately for Simmons, after Raina outs Simmons to HYDRA, Bobbi is revealed to have been working with S.H.I.E.L.D. all along and rescues Simmons, whipping out her iconic battle staves to take down any opposing HYRDA forces.

I’ll admit, even knowing who Palicki was playing and knowing Mockingbird is a Marvel Comics superhero, I half expected the writers of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to leave Bobbi as a bad guy just to throw us off and shake things up. I’m happy they didn’t and I’m glad to see Coulson has a new awesome member of his team.

The scene that led up to the reveal that Bobbie wasn’t working with HYDRA was intense. Raina, who was having her life threatened by Whitehall to bring the Obelisk to him, was having some dinner with Coulson. She needed the Obelisk from Skye’s father, but the only way he would allow that was if she brought Skye to him, hence the dinner meeting with Coulson. She thought she had an ace up her sleeve, threatening to out Simmons to HYDRA not knowing Coulson had another mole within the organization. The HYDRA escape scene was fun to watch, but I’m a little surprised and disappointed that Simmons’ stint with the evil organization was so shirt-lived.

“A Hen in the Wolf House” gave us a closer look at Skye’s father. It’s evident that he has superior strength and anger issues. Raina seems to have a very good reason to fear him. Actor Kyle MacLachlan portrays the character very well as his emotions are erratic ranging from anger to even shame. He seems to be ashamed of the “monster” that he is or has become. Fortunately, after seeing what her father is capable of, Skye doesn’t seem to have an interest in rekindling a father-daughter relationship and is even more determined to help Coulson bring him down. This will be much harder now since the episode concludes with Skye’s father allying himself with Daniel Whitehall of HYDRA.

I was glad to see Coulson finally reveal the truth about his condition to Skye. Their relationship seemed a bit on the fritz when Coulson ordered her to stop asking so many questions. Including Skye in on his secret is good for both of them as it gives Coulson someone other than May to confide in and Skye doesn’t have to feel like she’s being lied to or betrayed. Also, Coulson bringing up the theory that Skye may be of alien origin was kind of funny, but doubtful considering how the show glossed right over the idea.

Overall, “A Hen in the Wolf House” was another solid addition to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s strong second season. The characters continue to grow and the stakes continue to raise higher. Agent Simmons could have and should have remained a mole amongst HYDRA for longer in order to milk some more stories out of that situation, but I am glad she’s back with her team. Hopefully, with Simmons back, Fitz can recover from his condition faster and we’ll be able to see the two of them get back into their old Fitzsimmons shenanigans. The addition of Adrianne Palicki as Mockingbird brings some much needed fire into the series and Skye’s father is proving to be very menacing and proper successor to Bill Paxton’s John Garrett from season one.

Next week’s episode sees Skye demand Ward of more information regarding HYDRA, but how much can he be trusted. Check out the official promo for “A Fractured House” below. The episode will also include the “world broadcast premiere” of the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, which, of course, can already be viewed online. Feel free to let us know what you thought about “A Hen in the Wolf House” in the comments.