TV Club: Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: “Aftershocks”

It’s been three months since we last checked in on Coulson’s crew, and things sure have gotten bleak for this group. Trip is dead, Skye is in quarantine, and everyone is tossing around the blame, making “Aftershocks” quite the dour installment of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s an episode that shows just how different this show is from Agent Carter, but also highlights what the two series could learn from each other.

After the colorful, cheeky retro fun of Agent Carter, it’s hard not to notice just how bland S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s visual design and scripting are. “Aftershocks” is an overwhelmingly gray episode, and it had me pining for the vibrant costuming and décor of Peggy’s time period. There’s no reason for S.H.I.E.L.D. to be so drab, and even gritty superhero …

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