We’ve got two more weeks before we get new episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so I thought we could take a step back and see how the show is fairing.
The first half of the season, while enjoyable, has progressed very slowly. That said, we have definitely gotten some payoff since it returned from the hiatus. The two episodes we’ve seen since the break have stepped up to the plate in a big way. The characters are finally finding their identities, both as individuals and as a team, and story connections are being made in way that is both satisfying and leads to more intriguing possibilities.
Since its return, I have gone from watching the show because I love Agent Coulson and the MCU to watching the show because I love the show.
I wonder, though, if they had picked up the pace sooner, would they have lost all of the viewers that they have. The numbers still clearly show that AoS is a success, but they also show almost consistent decline since the pilot.
It’s clear, now, that they were using the first half of the season to set up for the second half, but I’m not sure that was the best strategy.
So, how should the show win back it’s lost viewers? Bringing in special guests like Stan Lee and Jaime Alexander is a good start. Also, a lot of fans have been asking for more characters from the comics and AoS seems to be delivering that too. Bill Paxton’s role as John Garrett and the revelation that Mike Peterson will become Deathlok are doing wonders to appease the fanboys.
These are all well and good, but they won’t bring back the viewers in the long term unless the stories continue to be good. You can add as many characters as you want, but if nobody cares about them, nobody will pay attention to them.
What do you think? How would you bring back viewers?