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Clark Gregg Questions Those Who Bailed on 'Agents of SHIELD,' Calling Them 'Losers'

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 3, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 3, 2014 |

According to the Salt Lake Tribune (via Blastr), on the set of Agents of SHIELD, Clark Gregg — who plays Agent Coulson, one of only two worthwhile characters in the series — called those who bailed on the show “losers.”

From the SLT:

Those aren’t geeks. Those are losers. You start to have people like Deathlok showing up; You start to understand that a bunch of these different episodes were connected. A lot of the geeks that I respect most…are very excited about where we’re going. So I’m going to choose to work for them.

I’m not sure that that’s the way to win back those, like myself, who bailed on the show. I mean, I appreciate that the series is finally going somewhere (if, in fact, it is), but they had months to figure there sh*t out. I know that I heard more than once one of the actors suggest we should stick around because it was about to get better (that suggestion was made, for instance, about the mid-season finale). I watched until that terrible mid-season finale, and it never did get better.

How long must we give a show before giving up? I haven’t heard anything from anyone else suggesting there’s a compelling reason to jump back in. This was a incredibly anticipated series, and because of its pedigree, and the talent involved, most of us gave it much, much longer than we would’ve with most other shows. And now we’re “losers” for lacking the patience to continue? (I will grant that Gregg likely made this statement with his tongue in his cheek, and a huge grin on his face, because he’s obviously a great guy who wouldn’t make the statement with any kind of maliciousness).

He also added this:

Gregg compared it to eating “the healthy stuff first” and saving “the dessert” for later. “We’re deep in dessert right now.”

Look man, even broccoli can taste good, if it’s prepared by the right chef, and this show had Joss freakin’ Whedon to serve the appetizer. You can’t save a bad meal and expect us to stick around. You have to expect that, if we’re served soggy fries, we’re going somewhere else to get our ice cream.

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