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“A Hen in the Wolf House” – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Review

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 7:00 am by Amanda Andonian


Following from last week’s pursuit of the painting with the alien carvings on the back, this week’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. sees the return of Raina, as well as Simmons feeling the heat as a mole for Hydra. Raina is under the gun because Whitehall knows she has the obelisk and he wants it back. Since she gave to Skye’s father, Raina is in a bit of a bind. Attempting to appeal to his better nature, she begs the Doctor to lend her the obelisk back so she can get out from under the heel of Hydra, but since she still hasn’t delivered Skye to him, the Doctor basically throws her out. In desperation, Raina tries to extort Coulson for help, and that backfires on her too. Girl can’t catch a break!

On the downside, Raina’s little power play puts Simmons in danger of being discovered as the mole in Hydra. Fortunately for our favorite scientist, Coulson already had a plan for that type of eventuality, and she’s rescued by Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Palicki, who might might recognize from Friday Night Lights), another S.H.I.E.L.D. operative working within Hydra. The rescue scene was pretty bad-ass, even if some of the shots of Bobbi’s fighting were a little contrived. I like that May’s not going to be the only butt-kicking female on the show anymore, and S.H.I.E.L.D. has already done a great job of showing us what kind of character Bobbi is. I’m looking forward to seeing more of her in upcoming episodes.


I thought for sure that the show would drag out Simmons’ double-agent lifestyle much longer than it did, so I’m surprised that she’s already been extracted from Hydra. I suppose it makes sense; with so many new characters, it probably would have been difficult to weave in her storyline usefully and in an interesting way given how many other players there are right now. Moreover, how much information could she really give S.H.I.E.L.D. before getting caught anyway? I feel like it might’ve been more interesting if she’d been brainwashed or something before being rescued, but who knows! That might still be in the works. We don’t know exactly how long she was there for, after all.

Despite the whole saving Simmons from Hydra storyline, this episode is really about Skye and her relationship with Coulson and non-relationship with her father. It starts with Skye questioning Coulson’s honesty and ends with her getting to enter the inner circle. Now that she knows a little bit more about her father and the nature of the obelisk, I’m hoping that we’re done with her being the pain-in-the-ass rebel who doesn’t stick around long enough to even listen to her orders. One of my biggest issues with Skye is that she constantly goes off and does whatever she wants to do, and she does it again in this episode. Fortunately, it didn’t really amount to much in the end, but it still annoyed me.

In any case, it’s obvious that the whole Skye thing is going to turn into her struggling to decide what means more to her: the family that she’s earned with S.H.I.E.L.D. or her father. Coulson is clearly the surrogate father here; even the Doctor could see that! By the way, what a creeper, spying on his daughter via secret cameras. Unfortunately, Skye’s closeness with Coulson is only going to lead to problems down the line as the super jealous Doctor has decided to throw his lot in with Whitehall, just for the chance to kill Coulson. What else did you expect, man? Your daughter doesn’t even know who you are! Of course she’s gonna cry on Coulson’s shoulder.

Did you watch Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last night? What did you think? Now that we know from Skye that the carvings are a map, what do you think it’s a map to? Tell us in the comments!

“A Hen in the Wolf House” – B

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 2 Episode 5, “A Hen in the Wolf House,” aired on ABC October 21st, 2014.

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