Having already added a number of new players to the upcoming second season of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD in recent memory, the studio is at it once again with a couple of major roles being filled. Kyle MacLachlan of Twin Peaks and Desperate Housewives will be joining the cast as Skye’s mysterious father and Henry Simmons (no relation to Agent Jemma Simmons) will be playing Agent Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie.
Earlier today a report came out by io9 that MacLachlan would be featured in the second episode of season two as a character described as “the doctor” (not Dr. Strange however). A few hours later a second report came out by TVLine stating that MacLachlan’s character would not be “the doctor” but instead would be an important, recurring character; Skye’s father. This would later be verified by Skye herself, Chloe Bennet, via Twitter.
Did you guys see the casting news about my poppa bear??? What do you think?
— Chloe Bennet (@ChloeBennet4) August 8, 2014
Skye’s parentage was a huge mystery that was never solved in season 1, to already get concrete information in regards to that plot line is a very good sign for things to come. Last time (and the only time) we saw Skye’s father he was clutching a photo of his daughter in a bloody fist. If that is any indication of the kind of guy he is, I’m a little frightened and excited to see what he can do. Also, please make him an Inhuman!
The second bit of casting news is not nearly as exciting as the first but still cause for celebration. Henry Simmons, veteran TV actor from the likes of NYPD Blue and Shark, will be playing Agent Alphonso Mackenzie. In the report he is described as “mechanic in his 30’s allying himself with Coulson’s team.” There is an Agent Mackenzie in the comics but expect it to be a loose adaptation of the character as he was never really all that significant. The inclusion of yet another comic character (alongside Bobbi Morse AKA Mockingbird and Kraken) can only be seen as a good thing and instill confidence that the sophomore season will up the ante in all aspects and be that much more connected to the larger MCU.
It is also a good sign that they are drafting veteran talent into their new team. The acting of the first season was up and down to say the least, especially in the first half, and adding seasoned actors can only add credibility and increase the overall level of the performances.
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