That's the issue with a lot of early-show defense I think. Fandom was excited, vibrant, and happy in 2011-2012 and that really bled over into perceptions of episodes. Removing the nostalgia goggles and our newfound excitement at the show and fandom back then takes a lot of the fondly remembered magic away; that was more associated with the fandom than the early show imo
Then there's the issue of the few still here and there that still only defend S1-2 because they're obsessed with Faust for some reason and don't like anything she didn't directly have a hand in. Those I think can't be reasoned with.