I watched Bloodletters last night with a specific focus on what makes it feel different for some compared to The Last Word. While Sean & Stras have an extreme understanding of the rules I don't think it was the determining factor, though helpful in some instances.
This is my feeling based on observation, but certainly not necessarily fact, hopefully constructive as that is the intent. I'll try to keep it concise but I have a problem doing that, sorry!
I feel the inconsistent schedule recently has hurt The Last Word with this, but they're not 100% bought into/adjusted to how Blades is different from most other styles of games/shows they've been on. By that I mean John is DM'ing as he would for Bloodletters and the Last Word are playing like Neal/Adam/Steven are DM'ing.
Sean and Stras drive that show with out asking permission if they can do something. They have plans and are jumping at the bit to work towards it and share it. While The Last Word, in general, are seemingly waiting for John to lead them or give them something to do and participate in a story instead of living in that world with John there to assist and enforce rules where needed. Which leads to some of the disjointed, lack of flow at times and moments of awkward silence with everyone waiting for someone to say anything. I don't feel there's any problem with the cast or characters, they just need more time to adjust and be a little more eager to drive the action and story themselves. (at least If you want it to be more like Bloodletters) However, I don't know how much crew archetype is a contributing factor to goals and how to work towards them or for that matter the feel of the two shows overall.
With that said Blades is my favorite of the current line up and I'm able to watch live every week, but I can also see how other viewers are turned off from it feeling a little off from the norm or don't want to watch the learning process for the cast or maybe they need a loose cannon like Canter to be entertained and kept on their toes. Different strokes and all that, lots of fans love Nebula Jazz, but Dodgers' character is the only reason I've turned it on after week 1, overall it's not my cup of tea. But it's awesome that JP and Rollplay can offer a variety of styles, systems and themes.
Hopefully the new time slot helps those who want to watch live and maybe some new fans will stumble into it or give it another chance. So while I think the time slot change will help a lot, the show isn't gelling as quickly as shows in past, which is fine, it just needs some more time in oven for the players to get a good flow going. Getting back to a consistent schedule should help immensely.