Geeks are a funny breed. They can turn on something so quickly after they were extremely excited about it. A few weeks ago Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D was going to be the best thing ever: a weekly show firmly rooted in the Marvel Movie universe, but now after just three shows a lot geeks are calling it the worst thing ever. They are the reason Firefly got canceled.
Geeky shows tend to have slow starts. It is just a fact. Star Trek: The Next Generation wasn’t great until season 3. Deep Space Nine was the same way. That is not even counting all the Joss Whedon shows. Buffy and Angle both had slow starts, and Dollhouse wasn’t good until they decided to cancel it. Firefly had a great one season, but the first episode wasn’t that good and its ratings never recovered (starts to weep uncontrollably).
People just need a little patience with shows, especially shows in large universes that need some time to establish who they are, and what their reason for existing is. Nobody watched Breaking Bad at first because they didn’t get it, but thankfully AMC had nothing to run in its place, and Netflix got people interested in it again.
So no S.H.I.E.L.D has not been the best show ever in the last three weeks, but it isn’t that bad either, and I am willing to give it the time it needs to find itself. Because I don’t want to be one of the people that gets the next Firefly or Star Trek: The Next Generation canceled.