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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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SOURCE: Marvel

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.