REVIEW: Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D-Episode 5-A Hen in the Wolf House
Hahaha. Oh sorry I’m still laughing at Skye’s (Chloe Bennet) reaction to Coulson (Clark Gregg) telling her she might be an alien. It was priceless. But to be fair it’s called for considering there’s a high possibility Skye might be an alien, given that she’s already an 0-8-4 (object of unknown origin) and hasn’t descended into manic etching of strange symbols like deranged HYDRA villain Garrett (Bill Paxton) did last season or like Coulson (who’s still sane for now) did after they were all injected with an alien drug. Coulson suspects the alien DNA contained in the drug didn’t affect Skye because she already possesses the alien DNA. Intriguing to say the least!
Speaking of the strange symbols- the alien markings are etched on the much coveted and equally alien obelisk, an object that is at the center of this utterly engrossing battle of blackmail, and dangerous new alliances.
We finally see the sob story of the doe eyed and manipulative Raina (Ruth Negga) this week, with it implied she was a hungry poor child before being taken in by the last person you’d want to be your foster Daddy- “The Doctor/Skye’s father” ( Kyle MacLachlan) As ever Raina is playing all sides but at the end of last episode she landed herself in a sticky situation when Doctor Whitehall (Reed Diamond)- the cold and clinical 145-year-old new head of HYDRA-told Raina she had to bring him the obelisk that she took from him or he will kill her in 48 hours. With the clock ticking a desperate Raina turns to The Doctor for help, only he for him to reveal his true colours showing he has a fragile and lethal handle on his temper, almost strangling Raina, for the fact that she failed to bring him his daughter, Skye.
Never one to give up, Raina attempts to blackmail Coulson into helping her threatening to reveal Coulson’s agent Simmons’ (Elizabeth Henstridge) presence in HYDRA where she has been undercover. To her shock Coulson refuses to give up Skye despite the apparent threat to Simmons’ life. Classic Coulson has a plan though and gets Simmons’ out asking Agent Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Palicki), who has also been acting as a HYDRA mole, to help get her out. Meanwhile, Skye, listening to everything and having spoken to S.H.I.E.L.D traitor and prisoner, Ward (Brett Dalton), who has been itching to get the information about Skye’s father off his chest and finally divulges the news to her, gives in to her burning curiosity to find out where she came from and seeks out her father.
This episode was great in terms of seeing characters develop and revealing a different side to them. I have to admit I did feel a slither of sympathy for Raina, given that she always appears so in control (and always wearing fancy flowery dresses) to see her so desperate and at the mercy of two heartless villains and to learn she came from such miserable origins, is quite sad. Speaking of bad guys, we see a possible softer side to The Doctor, in that he, too, might be at the mercy of a inner evil or alien power beyond his control and that he just wants his daughter back, insinuated when Skye glimpses a photo of a young man and a baby (presumably her) when she searches the dingy flat thought to belong to her father.
All softness evaporates though when The Doctor, now thought of as a monster by Skye after she sees the butchered bodies of two of his victims, turns to Doctor Whitehall to make an alliance. And what happens when an unstable and super strong, possibly alien villain joins forces with the merciless and calculating Doctor? I don’t know but I can’t wait to find out!
Formidable fighter and stunningly beautiful agent Bobbi turns out to be Hunter’s much moaned about ex-wife with his reaction to discovering she has been working for Coulson being rather amusing. Fitz (Iain Caestecker) and Simmons have a awkward reunion, which was truly moving to watch, but it is great to have Simmons back in the team.
It seems most shows follow the typical and predictable formula of having one or two ultimate villains and layers of their minions to defeat but the important thing is how a show portrays and tells the story of how the “good” guys take down the villain and that’s what’s so gripping in S.H.I.E.L.D. It tells a predictable story in a remarkably unpredictable fashion.
Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D airs Fridays at 8pm on Channel 4.