I won’t lie, I really like Agents of SHIELD. I am a huge Marvel fan, and just the fact that there is a show about SHIELD is enough to blow my mind. I honestly never saw this day coming. There is a bit of a problem for the show, though. Seems week after week, the ratings are dropping for this show. So what are they doing wrong, and what do they need to do right to turn this ratings drop trend around for them? Truth is, I have some pretty solid ideas.
First off, you call yourself Agents of SHIELD, yet it seems you get further and further away from the Marvel universe every week. I’m sorry, but you can’t expect to keep fans if you promised them a Marvel show, and every week, they end up getting a sci fi version of the X-Files. SHIELD is pretty much the police agency for the Marvel universe, so the fact that they are dealing VERY LITTLE with any heroes or super teams makes no sense. Don’t get me wrong, I know budget would not allow big cameos every week, but pull in some D-listers from the Marvel U. There are, LITERALLY, thousands of characters you could pull from. People liked the first few episodes because they had mutants, and bad guys, and opposition that FELT like it belonged in that world. Now, it feels more like a ensemble comedy, with each character trying to out-quirk the last. We didn’t tune in to watch the kooky cast of The Office in a Marvel show, and that is kind of what this feels like.
Another big problem is the character who grew into the lead. I am sorry, but NO ONE LIKES the Grant Ward character. He is dull and stiff, and seems like the kind of guy you would NEVER want to spend time with in real life. So why are they focusing on him so much? Give us Coulson being Coulson. Heck, even give us more of Skye (the woman is a blessing on the eyes), but enough with the sci fi gadgets and villains of the week. Give us a bad guy we can hate, and some good guys we want to root for.
it’s simple, yet you guys are missing the mark.
Also, how little Nick Fury shows up or is even mentioned is kind of silly. Nick Fury IS SHIELD. I know you can’t have Sam Jackson every week, but how about some voice recordings or something? Either way, giving us a Marvel show with nothing that hints are it being Marvel is a recipe to fail, and that is just what is happening.
Honestly, I expect more from Joss Whedon. Hate to go there, but someone has to. Might as well be me. The show needs an enemy anyway. I’ll take that title, if need be.