MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. “A Hen in the Wolf House” Review

As the second season continues to ramp up toward a consistent narrative stride, does it successfully maintain its own level of quality? Read on to find out.

The official description from ABC:

The team faces off against Hydra security chief Bobbi Morse. Elsewhere, Skye’s father seeks a reunion with his daughter.

What really strikes me about the sophomore run of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is that the creative has taken a concept that felt like unnecessary icing on an otherwise delicious treat and given it a purpose. And for our group of underground heroes the stakes remain high in an almost modern day interpretation of what the Howling Commandos went through in World War II. In other words our bludgeoned but not defeated organization fights on one victory at a time.

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In “A Hen in the Wolf House” we see growing points of interest finally intersect and in ways that should get people talking. Whether its the going ons at Hydra involving our undercover operative, Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), and the show’s icy iteration of Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki) or a father (Kyle MacLachlan) in search of his daughter there’s a lot that should be admired. And it’s gotten to the point that I wish that every fanboy or fangirl that initially dismissed this would come back just to see how much it’s improved because it clearly has.

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A lot got revealed last night which means our primary cast had plenty of meaty material to play with. To be frank this show only exists because of the devotion Clark Gregg inspired as Phil Coulson. And as the acting director S.H.I.E.L.D. it’s clear that the weight of not only the mystery of the carvings but the looming threat around his team weighs heavily on him, but the actor finds a way to be the agent we all loved in Iron Man. Meanwhile Chloe Bennet (Skye), Iain De Caestecker (Leo Fitz) and Brett Dalton (Grant Ward) each deliver performances that are worthwhile. But following a strong focus on Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) her role was downplayed, which to be honest was expected but also disappointing.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. offers a rousing episode with plenty of surprises along the way. And as monsters make their moves known our squad unites in a way that feels almost ready to combat an extinction level threat. And so “A Hen in the Wolf House” comes highly recommended.

  • + Hydra advances.
  • + Strong performances.
  • + Plenty of Mockingbird action.
  • + Director Coulson always has a plan.