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I know everyone has ideas that would make this show better but I do enjoy it. It's been getting much better since the episode T.R.A.C.K.S.
However, I think the key way to improve it is to merge it further with the Movieverse. Right now, it feels too distant sometimes. It doesn't look like the films either. (Much more TVish photography.) A shorter season might help as people have suggested. That way, there'd be more money for each episode. But I get why they did it the way they did.
Old TV models go for long seasons and syndication to make their money. But, let's be honest, even if AoS is meant to stand on its own could it ever? If the show was really great, would you watch it three years from now? Is it too niche for the mainstream, even yet?
I'm not saying Marvel should only make the show for fans. Clearly, the show is designed to bring in new fans. A gateway drug if you will.
Since the hunt for The Clairvoyant became the running plot thread through AoS, the show has been getting significantly better every week. The cliffhangers feel more comic bookish, too, more so than a villain of the week model. And real stakes are now being integrated into the story. This makes for great drama.
But I think, to make it over the top good, Marvel needs to have more crossover with the films and less padding. It would be AMAZING to see some of the major film characters actually cross paths with the series characters. Even if Capt. America just ran through a wall next to Fitz or someone. Better yet, if the AoS actually affected the plots of the films (or seemed to) then I think it would really shore up some of the viewership that is actually fading. The most recent episode, Turn, Turn, Turn, the one with the most tie-in to the films yet, with the biggest plot twist yet, the most "Holy Poopcicles!" moment yet, is also the lowest rated episode to date.
It's too bad because AoS is far from the worst thing on TV at the moment. It's actually pretty good. Plus, it has all that Marvel cache.
I think that Marvel needs to really up the show's integration with the movie plots if it wants to keep using AoS as a gateway to their film franchises. When everyone is tired of the Marvel Movies, and that's only a matter of when, AoS, in its current incarnation will be the last thing anyone will care about.
Then you'll find AoS DVDs in the dollar bin of your closest Value Village.
Let me know what you think in the comments. (I work in a vacuum and desperately need some nerd talk.)