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– by David Kozlowski

One of the oldest jokes in Hollywood — and it applies to both TV and film — goes something like, “never work with kids or animals” — I think W.C. Fields said it first. The logic being that kids and animals are scene stealers and otherwise unpredictable… it’s also a sign that you’re show or movie has run out of ideas. The modern version of this aphorism, as it applies to the superhero genre, essentially replaces kids/animals with aliens.

From The Avengers to Justice League to last year’s Arrowverse TV cross-over, aliens are apparently the go-to of first, second, and last resort. ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — now entering its fifth season — is grasping for an audience, particularly since some of their best ideas, including Mockingbird and Inhumans, were unceremoniously taken away from them, are desperately searching for something, anything that provides a rudder, and also a shot at a sixth season. So why not aliens, right?

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I haven’t watched Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in a couple seasons. The show didn’t grab me in the same way that Daredevil, Legion, or the other Marvel shows on network and cable have. Part of the problem has been the show’s lack of identity, as it essentially reboots each season and the guest-stars are often more compelling than the main cast (see: Ghost Rider in Season 4).

In Season 5 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s heroes find themselves in space, wedged between the blue, alien Kree and… some kind of H.R. Giger-looking alien (probably more than one). It looks like this could be some dumb, silly fun with a lot of cool special effects — hard to judge the FX quality in this trailer, but the aliens, ships, and other CG visuals look… not bad?

The cast, led by Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), appear suitably freaked-out by their predicament — it’s not clear how they ended-up in space, but no one seems happy about it. The trailer ends with the message: “Escape The Impossible.” I’m no marketing whiz, but “escape” isn’t a verb I’d plug into the tagline of a struggling TV series. All said, going to space might be the best way for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to reignite fan interest in this series, so why not go all-in on the completely absurd?

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC on Friday, December 1, at 8:00 p.m.

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  • Wild Dreams

    You admit that you haven’t watched in a couple of seasons so I’ll give you a pass. The ratings are whatever but I suggest you catch up on it before you write another article on it like this. The show has improved drastically since it first started and has been better than a lot of the CW junk lately.

    • BC

      couldn’t agree more. i feel like season 3 was the best season so far and season 4 is right behind it. the show paid off if you stuck with it.

    • DubCheezy

      Exactly, the show has improved leaps and bounds over the first 2 seasons and I’m excited to have it back for a 5th. Whereas the CW stuff has just started to ham it up.

  • LordBuckofNasty

    I love when writers don’t understand or like the topic they are tasked with doing an aricle on so they resort to a condescending tone for the article. Just because you don’t like a certain show doesn’t mean you have to be demeaning of those who do like it. Honestly writers like this is why i stopped going to other movie sites like Joblo.

    That said I think you should come back to this show because its gotten so much better with each season. What you claim is its weakness (changing premise) is actually the best part about the show. Each half of the season is completely different yet still fits into the bigger story (kinda like comic book arcs). The guest stars have also been amazing and don’t take away from the main cast at all. Also do you think maybe they are going into space to maybe set up Infinity War which you know deals with space???

    • Wild Dreams

      Well said, I have zero issues if the writer doesn’t like the show because not all of us have the same tastes, but if you’re gonna do an article like this then at least be informed on what you are talking about because this comes off as blatant ignorance especially when he admits he hasn’t really watched the show in ages.

  • armyof100clowns

    Hmmm . . . are they taking a stab at The Brood?

  • Mad Barchetta

    David. Dude. I love ya, bud. But, if you haven’t watched AoS in a few seasons and have so much disdain for it that it comes across so clearly in the first paragraph that you’re mocking it, why the heck did someone ask you to write an article about it???

    First, I strongly suggest you get caught up with the show. I maintain that it is consistently the best written comics-based show on TV, with plotlines that are continually evolving in natural ways, that avoids retreading stories over and over (Reverse Flash/Zoom/Savatar, anyone?), and is well-ahead of the melodrama in masks that the Berlanti-verse is starting to devolve into. It has characters that have depth and complexity and who avoid making the same dumb mistakes over and over (Maybe I should mess with time again…?). And, as you noted, it continually changes things up to keep it fresh. As someone else noted, that is a strength and not a weakness.

    So, if you don’t like it, that’s fine. If you hate it, that’s fine. I don’t understand why, but that’s fine too. But for heaven’s sake, please don’t write an article about it with a clear condescending tone.

  • Rad4Cap

    ABC moved Agents to Friday?!?

    They’re trying to kill it.

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Film and Media Studies.