Can S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Brilliance Trump HYDRA’s Magnificence? Lucy Lawless Previews the Season 2 Opener

When last we tuned into Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the titular organization had crumbled, its name disgraced, assets depleted. In the wake of a HYDRA-fueled onslaught, Nick Fury (guest star Samuel L. Jackson) resurfaced to appoint Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) as Director, so that he might rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D..

To do that, Coulson and his bruised team of agents will need the occasional helping hand — the first of which, as Season 2 opens this Tuesday (ABC, 9/8c), belongs to genre-TV queen Lucy Lawless.

Here, Lawless previews her S.H.I.E.L.D. visit, reveals a crush on Coulson and ponders the outcome of a clash between Agent Hartley and a certain Warrior Queen.

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Lucy Lawless grabs The Code before “Cate bloody Blanchett!”

It’s only taken her 27 years -but Lucy Lawless has finally made her first production in Australia, in ABC’s upcoming drama series, The Code.

Lawless is best known for her six years as Xena: Warrior Princess, now a project well down the list of resume credits, after it wrapped in 2001. With roles in Battlestar Galactica, Parks and Recreation, Spartacus, Veronica Mars, Burn Notice, Curb Your Enthusiasm, CSI: Miami, The L Word, Top of the Lake, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD -it’s clear Xena‘s global success was never at any risk of seeing her stereotyped.

“I should be so lucky to be stereotyped, because it means you were part of something successful. Xena was so good to me in terms of the fanbase, the house that it bought me and the husband and children that came with it. It was certainly a worthwhile trade-off and I’m not sorry,” she told TV Tonight.

“I’ve never been someone who controls their image at all. I don’t even look at photo approvals much or any of that sort of stuff. I don’t have much ‘control’ over my career. Or the times I did it failed because it’s not a natural part of who I am, so I just drift from what seems like the next cool, fun thing to do. And it’s worked out ok!”

That next cool thing was the six-hour political thriller by Playmaker Media, starring Ashley Zukerman and Dan Spielman. Set in Sydney, Canberra and Broken Hill it tells the story of two very different brothers who unearth information that those at the highest levels of political power will kill to keep secret.

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See the First Picture of Lucy Lawless in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Xena gets a new suit

Lucy Lawless has joined the season two cast of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Best known for her role as the Xena in the ’90s television hit Xena: Warrior Princess, Lawless will get to try her hand at something completely different, portraying veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Isabelle Hartley, who assists Director Coulson (Clark Gregg) with his unenviable task of rebuilding S.H.I.E.L.D into the formidable spy agency it once was.

No word yet on whether or not her character gets a vibranium chakram. One can only hope.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D premieres on September 23.

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‘Agents of SHIELD’ season 2 spoilers: The impact of Lucy Lawless

What role is Lucy Lawless going to ultimately play on “Agents of SHIELD” season 2? This is ultimately a question that many have wondered, even if they know the character named to be Isabelle Hartley.

Well, allow us to stoke that fire a little bit more now when it comes to scoop on the character. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, show executive producer Melissa Tancharoen confirms that Hartley does have a past with Clark Gregg’s leading man of Agent Coulson, but it is not of a romantic nature. There is something else between the two of them that will most likely become clear over time.

As for one other interesting piece of information to note, it doesn’t sound exactly like Hartley is necessarily fighting for the good guys when the show returns. Just take a look at Jed Whedon’s comment:

“When we meet her, she might not necessarily be on the right side of things.”

As much as we want to say “Hail Hydra” here in response to this, we don’t think we’re dipping back into that well again. What we will get from Lawless’ character is something that is at least most likely new to the TV franchise, though it may be very well rooted in the comics. That’s the great thing that comes with having countless decades of material out there to pull from; your options are pretty limitless when it comes to stories to tell. Even if you want to go for something completely original, you can still look to them as inspiration.

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Spoilers: Lucy Lawless Role Details Revealed

SAN DIEGO – As “Xena” and “Spartacus” fans already know, Lucy Lawless is a badass – so it should come as no surprise that the actress will be carrying on that tradition in her new role as Isabelle Hartley on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

“[She's] a SHIELD agent, longtime SHIELD agent, so she has a history with Coulson,” said S.H.I.E.L.D. co-creator Maurissa Tancheon while promoting Season 2 of the series at San Diego Comic-Con. “She’s great, she’s badass, she’s everything that we love [about] Lucy Lawless. We’ve been huge fans of hers and we worked with her on ‘Spartacus,’ so we’re just thrilled that she’s joining us.”

Added Tancheon’s partner-in-crime Jed Whedon: “She’ll fit right in.”

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