Marvel and ABC’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ debuted huge at the start of this season (the highest rated drama debut in four years), thanks to its connection to massive hits like ‘Iron Man 3‘ and of course ‘The Avengers‘. However, in its second week, 30% of that initial audience tuned out and the show has continued to hemorrhage viewers ever since. With its ratings dropping every week, what is the cause? Boring plots? Poorly written characters? Lack of any actual super heroes?
No, apparently it’s because everyone is a “loser.” A frustrated Clark Gregg, a fan favorite after his turn as Agent Phil Coulson in the various Marvel movies, vented regarding anyone who’s dropped the series. “Those aren’t geeks. Those are losers. You start to have people like Deathlok showing up; You start to understand that a bunch of these different episodes were connected. A lot of the geeks that I respect most…are very excited about where we’re going. So I’m going to choose to work for them.”
Losers huh? I’m not on a sinking ship of a snooze-fest TV series that probably won’t even come back for a second season, but whose contract with said sinking ship may prevent me from getting back into the movies. Just sayin’.
He back-pedaled a bit after this, saying “I guess I don’t mean to say that people who have been frustrated by that discovery period are necessarily losers. I just think they should be, perhaps, a little more patient.”
More patient for what? Deathlok? Really? Some projects– TV shows, comics– need to find their footing, but ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ has been on long enough that creators should have acknowledged the show’s flaws and taken efforts to correct the series course. No matter how grand a conclusion you are building towards, if you build it on a series of hyper-mediocre hour-long episodes, is that really worth the pay-off? I predict more of a “I sat through all that for THIS?!” reaction… thinking back to sitting through all those episodes of ‘Heroes‘ and ‘Lost’ and thinking how many hours of my life I’d squandered on those shows, not just watching them, but reading articles about them and so forth. (I’d probably also say that about ‘Dexter’ except I watch it on DVD and haven’t seen the last season, although I know how it ends and… ugh.)
So, despite Mr. Gregg’s proclamations, I must kindly disagree. I’m not a loser for dropping this dud of a show. I’m winning back hours and hours of my life that I can spend watching ‘The Real Housewives of Anywhere’ and K-Pop videos on Youtube. Time MUCH better spent! #Winner!