‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season 2 Adds Kyle MacLachlan & Henry Simmons [Updated]

Published 8 months ago by , Updated August 7th, 2014 at 6:55 pm,

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[This post contains MILD SPOILERS for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S2.]


Marvel Studios has already added a handful of new players to the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cast for the show’s second season, with the most intriguing of the lot up to now being Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess, Spartacus: Blood and Sand). The series has just gained another TV show fan-favorite, in the Twin Peaks and Desperate Housewives alum Kyle MacLachlan (most recently on the fantasy drama dud Believe). The character he’s playing is also quite intriguing.

Earlier today io9 reported that MacLachlan will guest star in the second episode of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s new season, playing a role referred to as “The Doctor” (no, safe to say it’s not that “Doctor”… or that one, either). However, a separate report from TVLine states that MacLachlan’s role is a recurring one; not just that, but he’s really playing Skye’s (Chloe Bennet) mysterious father, who was glimpsed at the end of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season one finale (well, his hand was glimpsed, anyway).

The truth of Skye’s parentage (and why she’s classified as a 0-8-4 instead of a regular human) was among the big questions that were left unanswered by the time S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s first season had drawn to a close. Clearly, there’s going to be something amiss about MacLachlan’s character (even if he himself is human), which makes the actor – who has brought such memorably peculiar individuals as Dale Cooper to life before – all the more appropriate a choice to handle the job.

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Skye’s dad has bloody hands

Clark Gregg (a.k.a. Agent Phil Coulson) has indicated that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s second season will be more grounded than the first, as the focus will be on (a changed) Coulson and his team’s efforts to rebuild the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. As such, the stage ought to be set for a season that’s more over-arching in terms of its narrative structure, yet also focused on painting more complex portraits of the main players and the world of extraordinary powered individuals that must navigate.

Skye has (thankfully) gained more depth beyond the cutesy sarcastic archetype that she was at the beginning of the series. However, there’s still plenty of room for her and her peers to continue to develop – especially now that we’re going to dive deeper into Skye’s past. This may also reveal new dimensions of people like Agent May (Ming-Na Wen), among others who might have a connection to Skye’s history.

Indeed, judging by the details that’ve been released so far about new characters on season two, the world of S.H.I.E.L.D. (being, of course, a subsection of the larger Marvel Shared Universe) may become all the less black and white – and thus, all the more interesting – in the episodes ahead. Fingers cross it will, anyway.

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UPDATE: In related news, Marvel has confirmed that the S.H.I.E.L.D. cast will include Henry Simmons (NYPD Blue, Shark) in season two. Simmons, pictured above, will be playing Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie, based loosely on the comic book character of the same name – a “mechanic in his 30s allying himself with Coulson’s team.”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two premieres on ABC on September 23rd, 2014.

Source: TVLine, io9

Update Source: Marvel

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  1. Wwaaaahhh! I want good guy Agent Ward!!!

    • Wait, where the hell were you when Brandon Routh was cast as Ray Palmer in Arrow?

      Good to see you back.

  2. The doctor, sooo hes doctor Strange???

  3. Agent Ward may yet return in some sort of quest for redemption. That would be a long gestating character arc many would probably welcome.

    And the article clearly states it’s not THAT doctor. Dude.

    • Wellit actually says its safe to say it is not him, and i know it probably won’t be, its a joke though.

    • Ward should probably have been executed for treason or at the very least underneath a Supermax jail somewhere. He killed a few SHIELD agents and at the very least beat up some cops.

  4. Need more details about “Isabelle/Isabel Hartley”! Is Lucy Lawless playing Victoria Hand’s bereaved girlfriend looking to take revenge on Ward? Or is it a completely new character?

    • I want nothing more than for this to be true. Bringing in Lawless to play Hand’s ex would be perfect. And this show needs a queer character. Thus far the closest we have had was Hand who is dead, and gay for prison Justin Hammer.

    • ^THIS^ You know how you get ratings for this show? Have Lucy *XENA* Lawless playing a gay character. Queer women LOVE Lucy! It would make for an epic storyline! And most importantly get some much needed LGBTQ representation since viewers unfamiliar with the source material wouldn’t even know Hand is a lesbian. We always talk about more women and people of color, but it would be nice to get some gays in the MCU. Especially since Arrow is kicking ass in the queer representation department. Canary is one of the best bi characters on TV right now. They handled her relationships with Oli and Nyssa perfectly.

    • Well, probably, that’s Victoria’s Secret. (ba-dum psst)

  5. Has anyone else heard the rumors that Agents of shield will eventually have Agent Coulson be manipulated/transformed by the Kree blood infusion (t.a.h.i.t.i.) to eventually become Captain Marvel and join the Avengers in Avengers 3? Dont know how I feel about that. Sounds kinda cool, but idk

  6. That is a DAMN good cup of coffee, Agent Coulson!

    • Usually, we would be happy with some freeze-dried Taster’s Choice right, but he got us this gourmet $#!+ right here.

  7. Muad’Dib himself!

    • …the spice…

      • SHIELD will be unstoppable once it learns the Weirding Way.

  8. My worry is if it too “narrative” and not enough action/tension, then it will lose casual viewers and thus threaten renewal again.

    The last show, that I know of, that tried this attempt at a large story arc was Babylon 5 and that spent almost every year with the threat of cancellation, to the point that the 5 year arc was concluded by Season 4 as JMS was sure he wasn’t getting a fifth!

    Every other show, including this one, which has tried to introduce an arc has struggled to retain viewers and consequently been threatened with axing/axed!

    • Serialized TV is big right now. Look at Breaking Bad, Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Game of Thrones, Homeland, etc. None of them are or were in serious danger of cancellation. Hell, even most formulaic mystery shows like Castle and Hawaii Five-0 have serialized elements in them now. Audiences want them. Agents of SHIELD, for all the good the Captain America twist did the show, actually started to improve its first season when they started ditching the episodic formula and began spinning a more continuing narrative around the episode where Coulson was kidnapped and forced to relive his resurrection.

      • This is nothing new and producers have known for quite some time the only way to hold audiences long term is with some sort of continuing story arc running (even if it is in the background)

        ST:TNG while somewhat episodic did have ongoing plots.

        ST:DS9 was mostly episodic for the first couple seasons and was floundering until they added the dominion thread which really made that show great.

  9. MacLachlan could be Doctor Faustus, an old enemy of Cap, Peggy Carter and Sharon Carter. He even had conflicts with Daredevil and was an ally of the Red Skull. He also infiltrated Shield. It seems like a good fit with the Winter Soldier crossover, they could even bring MacLachlan/The Doctor in to testify for Bucky to pardon him in Cap 3, confessing to brainwashing him, like in the books. IMO

  10. They need more powers, superhuman personnel/adversaries.
    If the word HYDRA is said over and over again, I’m done.
    Refit Deathlok, the diving-suit look is a little buddy hack.
    The show should build a roster of MCU characters that can play out into Avengers 3.
    The New Warriors are a great example, the Runaways, Thunderbolts. She-Hulk, Namor…
    The biggest problem in finding adversaries is the fact that Doctor Doom is not available. The Leader (Hulk), Crossbones, Taskmaster, Baron Zemo, The Hood. All of these could have intros played out here. The super soldier program didn’t end with Rogers, There is Nomad, US Agent and Captain America (Isaiah Bradley), maybe more IDK. All of this could, should and must be covered in this show. The producers need to stop being modest with this kind of line up. Fast, cheap and easy is modern television, stop the trend. Make a serial that is worth returning to each episode. One relating to the other, like the source material. Keywords are – source material.

    • Doctor Doom IS available as it is a TV show and Marvel still own the TV rights to these characters… they just can’t use ‘the likeness’ of the character Doctor Doom in the films.

      For the same reasons, they could also cast Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker and have him pop up in a few episodes – as long as he doesn’t put on a Spiderman suit that resembles the one seen in the films, it would be OK. They could even have Agent Ward sharing a cell with Cletus Kasady or bring back Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus (as soon as the new re-boot establishes that the ‘look’ of Otto Octavius is different to Alfred Molina).

      But lets get back to Kyle MacLachlan as Doctor Doom – cos that would be incredible casting.