‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: Clark Gregg Says Season 2 Will Be ‘Darker’ and ‘Lo-Fi’

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Marvel Studios and ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was an experiment in multi-media synergy, so it didn’t come as a huge shock when the show’s first season started its dance in a rather clunky fashion. However, the second half of the season saw an uptick in quality, even before the tie-in with developments in Captain America: The Winter Soldier really kicked the series up a notch. Clark Gregg, who leads the show’s ensemble as Agent (?) Phil Coulson, is promising that this trend will continue, with the upcoming season two.

One of the complaints frequently voiced about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s first season is that, in the beginning, the show was geared too much towards replicating the formula for success from past series by co-creator Joss Whedon - giving rise to a television series that often bordered on being painfully homogenous at times. However, as show-runners Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon moved the series away from episodic territory into more serialized storytelling turf, the show began to resemble a more sophisticated and adult espionage adventure – one that still offers pulpy fun – and thus, justified its being renewed for a second season, from a creative perspective.

Gregg, who’s been out and about promoting his upcoming film Trust Me (which he wrote, directed, and starred in), told Collider that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s second season is going to continue moving in the same direction as the final third of season one:

 “It’s going to be lo-fi. You’re going back to basics. You’ve got to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. from the ground up in a much more dangerous world where your group is outlawed. So it feels like the early, Sean Connery James Bond with the brass knuckles and not afraid to knock somebody off.”

Sean Connery-era James Bond style antics still leaves plenty of room for humor and playfulness, of course. Reading into Gregg’s comments, it sounds as though Agents of S.H.I.E.LD.‘s second season will, tone-wise, be in keeping with the first season’s finale, “Beginning of the End”, striking closer to the mood and vibe of the Captain America sequel – which is pleasing news, all things considered. The continuation of the serialized narrative format would likewise be welcome, as this next season looks to provide the sort of intimate exploration of the aftermath of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s collapse that The Winter Soldier did not – in addition to diving even deeper into the series mythos, to answer some of those burning questions left over after season one.

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Gregg also touched on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s rough start and wavering in the ratings – which, as he fairly points out, can also be partly attributed to the way that the first season was aired – and why things will be for the better, when season two begins its run:

“I thought there were so many things stacked against us last year, and one of them was where the ABC television schedule would put us on for three episodes and then take us down for four weeks. Nobody could get a momentum going and when the show started to be on consistently and having story that carried over in an episodic way, that’s when things started to click. So the great thing about the announcement was, A., we’re moving to nine, where it can be a little darker, like I think Marvel needs to be. Then they’re going to show, I believe it’s ten ['Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' episodes], eight of ['Agent Carter'], then twelve [more 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' episodes]…For the most part, this is straight runs of our show, which is when I think it really works.”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two, as Gregg pointed out, is going to be split in half (approximately, anyway), with Marvel Studios and ABC’s newest collaboration – eight episodes of the Agent Carter spinoff featuring Hayley Atwell back reprising the eponymous role – filling in the break in-between. That means there will continuously be some TV show based in the Marvel Shared Cinematic Universe airing on Tuesday evenings, beginning this fall – something that we agree with Gregg, as far as that lineup playing to both shows’ advantage.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 will begin airing on ABC this fall.

Source: Collider

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  1. First
    Anyway it’ll be bad

    • do you lurk around waiting to be the first poster to be an ass?

      • We can call him…The First Ass.

        • Now wait a minute…aren’t you making a hasty “ass-sumption”?

    • i second that it will be bad and will be canceled after avengers 2 is released.
      the ratings were porous, similar shows with fantasy concepts such as LOST and PERSON
      OF INTEREST (living computer) sustained better ratings. in the comic book SHIELD was
      always either chasing super villians, hunting mutants and or having problems with
      HEROES methods. thats what this show should be about with the exception they can’t arrest mutants.

      • While This SHIELD is a bit more like recent incarnations, the setting in the MCU is that It’s back being a good secret organisation while the World thinks you’re nazi’s. Imho l, that’s a good thing!

  2. I never caught up on the season after the first few horrendous episodes, but I heard it got a lot better and plan to catch up when it shows up on Netflix. Darker and more adult is exactly what the show needs.

    • Agree 1015. So hopefully this means all new writers and director? That is what this show needs.

  3. Why don’t they just do a James Bond TV show? Yeah, that’s off topic, but it would work. If EON puts their foot down and one day stops making the films, they could easily do a Bond show.

    • I was actually telling my wife while watching “24″: how cool it would be if Bond showed up to help Jack! Then they can make a spin off…Hmm

    • @ACW 007 I think you could have a Bond series run concurrently with the movies. Let the big screen outings continue to tell original contemporary stories and have the TV show be a period piece faithfully adapting the Fleming novels.

  4. Darker? OK by me, I got a flashlight…bring on the show!

    • With all these puns you made, is it possible that you’re Brett Dalton?

  5. Could anyone see Clark Greg or chris Evans helping a marvel movie someday

    • i could see gregg doing it [based on how well his movie does] before evans, only because evans really didnt want to do 6 films, and he wants to move to directing, but i don’t think he would like the restrictions that mcu directors seem to be under. just my opinion.

  6. Season will have so many tie-ins with Guardians of the Galaxy thanks to the Kree being introduced that was experimented on in the show
    Maybe this will push Marvel to put Ms. Marvel as a phase 3 movie
    Yvonne Strahovski is by far the best option since Emily Blunt might be Kara Zor-El now which is fantastic

    • Perhaps the first half is addressing Skye-Blue Alien origins as well as serves as Guardians tie-in(s), while the second half is breadcrumbs that leads to Avenger 2: Age of Ultron.

      Coordination level: Marvel Cinematic Universe. They should use #ItsHardlyCoincidence as next promotional hashtag.

      Yvonne Strahovski as Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird ? And it’s not Mockingbird if there’s no Hawkeye. But putting Hawkeye on TV series will makes comparison between AOS and Arrow gone wild…

  7. Season one is terrible. Even with Thor and Cap tie-in. Even the finale is a disappoinment. Too much, too f***** much humour and cheesy one-liner. Made me think this was show for 5 years old.

    Hell now they know jokes and smart-ass does not work, they’re going to make it darker and more grounded…

    Hey wait, i like it light and humorous, i need lola and some HATE-FUUU !!! HAIL HYDRANTTT !!!

    • Your grammar is so horrible, it made this show look good.

      lol, I’m biased because I enjoy it SO PISS OFF

      • You have a different opinion than me, so go die in a fire.

    • No, humor is universal and good for the soul, whether you’re 5, 50, or 105.

      Needing everything to be dark and bleak and dreary and grim and serious is for whiny 15 year old emo internet hipsters. And DC fans. Which is somewhat redundant, but I wanted to cover my bases.

      Stand up, unclench your sphincter, find something to laugh at besides the mirror or that pathetic thing you refer to as a life, try to grow up a little bit and realize that real life gets a lot more serious than high school, the latest FPS, and CBMs… the rest of us are tired of one of you overly serious, pretentious losers snapping and becoming mass murderers every other week because your whole lives revolve around making fantasy and fiction into the bleakest, most serious and “realistic” forms of entertainment possible.

  8. I stuck with this show, watching every week a new episode was aired. I hated the first few episodes, although there were still some solid character-building episodes in the first half of the season. The second half of the season was better, but unlike most people, I felt the last two or three episodes really weren’t that great at all. I didn’t understand why so many people felt like the show redeemed itself with the finale, when there really wasn’t anything spectacular about it at all. Sure, it might have “right the ship,” but I felt like the pay-off wasn’t worth sticking with it for the entire season.

    I really hope the second season will be better. I don’t know if being moved to 9pm so it can be “darker”, or having a straight run of 10 or 12 episodes will help. But, again, I am willing to stick with it, just because I’m interested in where Marvel will take it and how they’re going to build their multi-platform live-action universe. I hope Agent Carter will be good as well, and I’m really looking forward to the Netflix series. Currently, this project and the Ant-Man project are the only ones that I’m really, really anxious about.

  9. The quality going up in the second half is a complete myth. The main complaint was that the show is simply bad and still is.

    A negative given Marvel have done so good on the big screen.

    I wanted the show to work. I even went back for a couple of later episodes based on the glowing reports here on the improvement in quality and storytelling only to find nothing of the sort.

    Personally I don’t think the show deserved a second season but given they have the opportunity I hope they do not squander it.

    The character Skye is the redeeming thing about the show. I hope they bring her into the movies.

  10. I want this show to be as good as Arrow. 2nd half was stronger and the finish was pretty good. How about some Marvel characters on the Marvel show?

    deathlocks costume compared to Deathstroke on Arrow was just flat out embarrassing.

    • I have to agree that Deathlock’s costume was bad. But felt that Deathstroke’s gear really limited Manu Bennett’s movements when he fought. He seemed a but slower than he could have been.

  11. Pretty sure season two’s penultimate or final episode will tie in with Age of Ultron.

  12. Why is it when something isn’t done right or there’s poor ratings or a bad version of a movie they tend to use the word “Darker” to redeem it. It doesn’t necessarily need to be “Darker” it just needs to have good storytelling and intriguing characters. The lack of Marvel characters and villains is whats hurting the show, generic characters just don’t cut it.

    • Because goofiness undermines drama, while “darker” usually improves the drama. Good drama = good show! Undermined drama = bad show

  13. Sounds good to me.

  14. I want to see what happens with Skye’s monster parents before the show gets canceled.

  15. I’d love for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D to incorporate the Project Gladiator story line into the show. That would be extremely dark and great television. Raina could be Dr.Calvin, and the show could cast Paul Allen (A.I.M spy), Barbara Morse (S.H.I.E.L.D recruit and undercover agent assigned to monitor Raina), and Ted Sallis as her Research Scientist.

    Tie Raina’s work into Skye’s parents origin and you’d have one extremely dark sub plot for season’s 2 & 3 before introducing Ka-Zar and the Savage lands in season 4 and 5. (Raina is a Hauk’ka Saurid in the comics, the Hauk’ka originate from the Savage lands)

  16. As a major plot line it would be awesome if the show used Nick Fury Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D vol 1 # 7 as the basis for season 2. The writers have already set it up perfectly with the end of season one.

  17. All of you naysayers can’t logically argue with ratings and stats. It ended up being one of the highest rated shows of the season for ABC. Also, its viewership pretty much stayed consistent after the pilot.

    Did some research and show that AoS had pretty decent ratings. Rotten Tomatoes, IGN, Den of Geek.com, and metacritic have all positively reviewed season 1 as a whole.

    Also, wiki had this to say

    “…it remained Tuesday’s top show among men 18–49, and overall was the No. 3 show among upscale young adults behind Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory. It also enjoys DVR recordings that, according to TV Guide, are “through the roof”.[10]”

    If you don’t like it that’s fine. But you are illogical to think that a show that actually does well would be cancelled by ABC.

    • Hate and Logic doesn’t exactly go hand in hand…

  18. One of the more fun shows on TV right now. I plan to buy it, warts and all, on DVD when it is released. Those of you who knock this show and rip it so frenetically are probably Agents of Panty-Shields!

  19. Good god please just cancel it… And Skye is annoying. I’d rather see Coulson get his past exploited.

    • The acting of some of the main characters was the biggest problem in the first season, in my opinion. No matter what story line they give her, the actress playing Skye is not very good. Everyone else improved, except her, even wooden Ward. As long as she is in the mix, the quality of the show will always be questionable. I hope she becomes a monster and is transformed into someone else.

  20. We are so sick & tired of the loud, lousy, annoying background music on all the network shows. Can anything be done about it?

  21. I didn’t like Agents of Shield at first either. I didn’t care about the handsome guy. I didn’t care who Skye fell in love with. It was all over the map trying to give everyone young and old, male and female, action lovers and romantic comedy fans a reason to watch the show. I love Whedeon. I watched the show because I like Coulson.

    I want something darker and more mature. I wouldn’t mind giving Coulson a love interest. He’s “Joe average”. Can’t the writers give an average Joe a break and a girl? How about Mae? Agent Dreamy can always find a dame.

    The comment regarding the Arrow is a good one. The costume for “Death” in Shield just sucked. I could make something better for Halloween.

    However, I like the idea that humans (who can be arrested and/or killed) want to use Alien tech to control the world. That’s typical evil bad guy stuff and should fit in the Marvel Universe. Superheroes fight the super-bad guy Aliens. Regular heroes fight humans. There can be a bit of overlap as new movies in the series are released.

    The tie-in to the latest Thor flick was lame. The tie-in to Capt. America was well thought out. It made me want to see the movie–which is the best Marvel film I’ve seen to date.

    The writers and the network have to figure out what they want. Remember ABC is owned by Disney: the studio that ruined John Carter and the Lone Ranger. They might do their best work with talking toys and dogs.

    Hang in there Agent (Director?) Coulson! Here’s hoping you get the bad guys and a hot girl.

  22. overall the show was decent and i hope that season 2 will be better without unnecessary stuff like ward-may fooling around

  23. Don’t care if it is going to be dark. It’s coming back and for that I am very, very happy.

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