In a move that is unprecedented in the history of geek entertainment, Marvel and ABC appear to have listened to the complaints of fans and plan to air the next season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. without long and inexplicable breaks between new episodes. The first season was rife with such breaks, which were cited repeatedly by fans and critics as a major reason for the show's declining ratings and inability to build momentum. In an interview with Collider, Agent Coulson himself, Clark Gregg, addressed this and other issues, promising a darker and less interrupted version of the show for Season 2, which will air at 9PM instead of 8. The transcription comes from CosmicBookNews:
It's going to be lo-fi. You are going back to basics. You gotta rebuild SHIELD 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 brass knuckles and not afraid to knock somebody off.
I thought there were so many things stacked against us last year. One of them was trying to get a new show off the ground where the regular ABC television schedule would put us on for three episodes and then take us down for four weeks. Nobody could get a momentum going. When the show started to be on consistently and having story that carried over in an episodic way, that's when it started to click.
The great thing about the announcement was: A) we are moving to 9 [pm ET) where we can be a little darker like I think Marvel needs to be. And then they are going to show, I believe it's ten [episodes of Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D], eight of [Agent Carter], and then 12 of ours. There will be the odd gap when something preempts us - a ball game or something - for the most part, this is straight runs of our show, which is when I think it really works.
There are a couple things that I know that I get whispered to: It's a huge show globally. Huge in Brazil. Very big in Europe. Chloe Bennett just went to China to see some relatives and was mobbed and had no idea the show was quite that popular.
"That's absolutely remarkable," said Professor of Made Up Facts About Broadcasting History at the prestigious University of Phoenix, Thaddeus T. Puffinbottoms. "This is the first time a company has ever listened to the complaints of its fandom and corrected a problem. It's a huge departure from the normal procedure in the face of fan criticism."
What's the normal procedure?
"Well, a lot of companies like to ridicule the fans," Puffinbottoms explained. "Maybe send a fat, bearded excutive to sarcastically dismiss them on Tumblr. Blame social media. Act like your most devoted customers are a nuissance with a vendetta against your company. Maybe give them a condescending lesson in sequential art on Twitter. Pretty much anything other than actually addressing the concern. Doing that admits that you're capable of doing something imperfectly, which would be disastrous for a corporation."
"Because," Puffinbottoms answered, nodding his head.
Well, hopefully Marvel's bold new strategy pans out, as this could mark a refreshing new era of company to fanboy interaction. Then again, if it doesn't, Gregg may just be back on the internet calling the fans "losers" again. But at least they tried something different for once!