Well, this is how I as a watcher feel about the rest of this season, and what Marvel Animation has turned into. Really, no other image says it better. "The Avengers - Earth's Mightiest Heroes" had a rocky start, a brilliant middle, and a very disappointing end. While none of the episodes ever got as bad as "Powerless" again, the magic was flushed down the toilet and never quite came back.
Let me just say that I really enjoyed "Assault on 42," "Ultron Unlimited," "Emperor Stark," and the two Kree episodes. They were good episodes, but Loeb's mandates were already all over the series and even these episodes felt like a shadow of what they would have been. I liked them, but that intangible quality was long gone. For me shows like "Gargoyles," like "Spectacular Spider-Man," like "Batman the Animated Series," like "Avatar: The Last Airbender" have that quality. And, from "Gamma World" to "Secret Invasion," this show had it too. Everything else felt like an outline of what the rest of the season would have been like....
When asked if would reveal his plans for the future of "The Spectacular Spider-Man," Greg Weisman has said:
"I had many specific ideas, some of which would undoubtedly have changed over the course of production. But I'm just not too inclined to reveal them. It's not that I'm trying to torture you, it's just that there's no way I can do them justice in this format. I write "X" would have happened, and that one statement will get dissected across the internet. And any idea is only as good as its execution - which you'll now never get to see. It may sound stupid here, but I might have been able (with the help of Vic Cook and all my other many collaborators) to pull it off on the series and have everyone think I'm a genius. Or not. But at least it would have had a shot. I just don't feel like opening myself up to potential second-guessing based on raw notions as opposed to executed episodes."
And, after seeing the rest of the season, I cannot blame him for this stance anymore. There were a lot of great ideas in the second half of this season, but the executed episodes themselves were not great. Take the Winter Soldier and Red Skull episodes. The potential was all over those episodes. They could have been great, they should have been great. They were not great. They weren't awful, but they didn't approach the bar this show had raised.
Chris Yost is a great writer, but even his episodes suffered here. Did anyone care when Black Panther "died." Granted he was saved by an ass pull, but even when I thought he was dying, while the episode by itself was fine, the overarching narrative was in shambles and I could not be made to care, and I'm pretty sure that I as a viewer was supposed to. I don't blame Yost, my blame is placed elsewhere.
Did anyone else think that final episode with Galactus felt tacked on? They knew they weren't getting another season, so they decided to end things with a big climatic fight against the most powerful of foes. Don't get me wrong, in a vacuum I like this episode, but as part of the larger narrative, it should have been Surtur. I can't speak as to the motives behind the scenes, and while I know Chris Yost wrote the episode, I'd be curious to know if Galactus was suggested by someone higher up. Probably, that is how television works. And considering Jeph Loeb's apathy of things like continuity and story narratives, I would not be surprised if he suggested Galactus.
Believe it or not, for a long time I was enjoying this series more than "Young Justice." Don't get me wrong, YJ has better animation, better writing, and is the superior production in every tangible way. But while YJ had my mind, it did not have my heart. For a long time, "EMH" actually did even if it was a more lowbrow show. I enjoyed it more... in the same way I enjoy watching "Kill Bill" more than I enjoy watching, let's say "Schindler's List." But, this show destroyed all that. It was ruined by corporate politics, and as a whole I cannot now, with any intellectual honesty call it a great show anymore. Watching these last several episodes felt more like a chore than anything else. "Young Justice," wear your crown of current superhero animated series and wear it proudly and securely. Your competition doped up on blow and was found passed out on the men's room floor in a puddle of his own filth.
All things considered, I consider this cancellation of this show to be akin to putting Old Yeller out of his misery. He was a great dog, but then he got rabies and needed to be put down. Would anyone want to watch a whole other season of Jeph Loeb pissing all over a once great show? I most certainly would not.