When Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was first announced in 2012, it didn't take long for the Marvel cinematic tie-in to become a fan-favorite TV show to bitch about endlessly. However, long breaks between new episodes and a minor uptick in quality is causing some fans to grow tired of complaining about the show and proclaiming its imminent cancellation.
"I know S.H.I.E.L.D. comes back on the air tonight, but I dunno," Angus MacStickinbutt, a fanboy, told The Outhouse. "My heart's just not in it, you know?"
MacStickinbutt explained that, now that the show has had time to build characters and plotlines, he's almost starting to enjoy it - the death knell for a show that relies on the sweet tears of whiny fanboys to thrive. "It's kind of plateaued in the ratings, so I'm not so sure it'll be canceled before the end of the year anymore either," he added, frowning thoughtfully.
All around the internet, where fanboys dwell, the story is the same: a quiet murmur of begrudging satisfaction with the acceptable quality of the writing, along with a mild excitement at seeing where the story might be heading. For producers at ABC, it's a nightmare.
"We just put a lot of effort into redefining our goals for the show so that falling ratings are a good thing and rising ratings are bad," moaned a visibly distressed Disney/ABC Television Group President Anne Sweeney. "Do you know how much paperwork I'm going to have to make unpaid interns do to change our strategy again?"
Unfortunately, ABC may have no choice. Tonights episode will feature a guest appearance by Bill Paxton as Agent John Garrett, which is sure to spike interest. With plotlines converging toward the series finale in , Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. might even recapture some of the excitement of its pre-debut promise.
You might as well tune in tonight. You've got nothing better to do. Here's a preview from IGN: