For fans of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the addition of Adrianne Palicki’s (John Wick) Bobbi Morse, a.k.a. Mockingbird, was a much needed breath of fresh air. Joining the cast in season 2, her character quickly became a fan favorite and added some comic book credibility to the show after struggling to gain traction in an uneven inaugural season. While markedly different from her comic book counterpart, Bobbi helped elevate the status of the team with her wit, her superspy prowess, and with her unrelenting fighting style.
The loss of the character midway through this last season was an emotional moment for fans of the show, and it was difficult to watch her final goodbye. With all the cast changes the last season, her loss hurt the most. The pain was alleviated somewhat with the announcement that she and co-star Nick Blood (Identicals) were set to headline their very own spinoff with Marvel’s Most Wanted. Sadly, the pilot was not picked up. Ever since that news came through, fans have held out for a triumphant return of Bobbi (and Hunter), but some newly revealed information makes that less likely than ever.
Deadline is reporting that Palicki has signed on as the female lead in a new live action sci-fi dramedy produced by Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) on FOX. Starring alongside MacFarlane and frequent MacFarlane voice actor Scott Grimes (American Dad), the new, as yet untitled, series follows the misadventures of a ragtag group of explorers on a mission in deep space. Palicki is said to star as the ex-wife and first officer of MacFarlane’s captain as the crew and her ship, the Orville, deal with conflicts both personal and galactic.
The news, while great for Palicki and all involved, should be the final nail in the coffin for Bobbi, at least for a while. FOX appears to have high hopes for the series, as it was given a 13 episode direct to series order, which makes it highly unlikely that the actress will be reprising her Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. role anytime soon. While the relatively short season order for the show may mean the actress will have some additional time on her hands, the best we can hope for as of now is that Bobbi returns for one or two episodes here and there.
Many might think that some Bobbi is better than no Bobbi, but given the way that we left her and Hunter — outed as agents and disavowed by S.H.I.E.L.D. — any appearance she might make would be difficult to make satisfactory in just a few episodes' time. While it might be fun to check on both Bobbi and Hunter at a later point, it would only serve as a painful reminder of what we lost, so perhaps what we once had is better left in the past.
Additionally, as mentioned above, their final moments on the show were highly emotional for fans of the series, and as difficult as it might have been to say goodbye, it did represent a satisfactory end to her arc, which would be hard to top should they bring her back, even in limited capacity. Perhaps, then, it’s best to remember her as we left her—planning her new life with Hunter, and searching for happiness on her new journey.
For now, at least we’ll still get to see Palicki on our television screens, and she could do far worse than join the cast of a Macfarlane helmed dramatic comedy. It might be a small comfort for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans — Bobbi was, after all, one of the best parts of the series — but at least we’ll know the actress isn’t too far away. Besides, with the upcoming addition of Ghost Rider on the ABC series, chances are we’ll hardly miss Bobbi at all. And hey, they can always try to bring back Hunter. In the meantime, we’ll keep you posted on any and all developments about Palicki’s new series as they develop.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 premieres Tuesday, September 20 @10pm on ABC.