Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD has been much maligned over the years, with critics voicing no shortage of insults, and many hopeful Marvel fans giving up during the first season. And while the first three seasons of the show had a lot of ups and downs, it was last year, during their fourth season on the air that the show really seemed to hit a consistent stride. Not the Ghost Rider stuff (even though some of that was pretty cool), but the “Agents of HYDRA” arc that took place in the framework. It was a solid, well-paced, and entertaining run that was unfortunately not rewarded in the ratings, and almost culminated in cancelation. If the rumors are to be believed, home network ABC wanted to end AoS before it’s fifth season (or maybe even earlier), but big Daddy Disney stepped in and smacked them on the hand, thankfully.
Now here we are in the middle of the fifth season, which is easily the most beloved among critics, yet the ratings still aren’t there. The last episode clocked around 2.27 million viewers, which is their lowest number in six weeks. And it’s down from season four’s 2.33 average. This could be in part due to their move to Friday nights, but whatever the reason, the cancelation rumors are back and stronger than ever.
So, when ABC recently announced that the show would be going on an unexpected month-long hiatus following this Friday’s “Past Life” episode, many saw this as the writing being on the wall for Quake, May, FitzSimmons and the gang. But there is still no guarantee that we won’t see a sixth season, and this could simply be a shrewd move by ABC to schedule around NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage.
When the show does return on March 2, it will do so with its 99th episode, and they then have something big planned for #100 on March 9. Executive producer Jeph Loeb said “look, this is not going to come as a surprise to anyone that’s ever seen a 100th episode, that there will be a significant event, that’s all I can tell you. They gotta get home from space!” Our prediction is not all of the heroes are gonna make it out alive – the easy guess is that Deke (Jeff Ward) dies a hero and saves the team. He talks about self-preservation too much for it not to bite him. Hopefully, they stick to what’s been working – giving Daisy a green light to use her powers, and lots of Yo-Yo, whose increased role has been a welcome one.
The current future-space story should mostly wrap itself up this week during the season’s tenth episode “Past Life” – which airs this Friday at 9 pm on ABC.
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