Agent Carter

It’s going to be a busy weekend and I’m early for my bus, so maybe I should write a quick review.

Mrs. Hatboy and I recently watched all eight entertaining episodes of Marvel’s Agent Carter on Netflix. It was really very nicely done.

Somewhere in between Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Daredevil in content and tone, this show follows Peggy Carter in her adventures after World War II ended and in the wake of Captain America’s disappearance. I thought they were going to overdo the poignancy of that, but – as always with Marvel these days – I was pleasantly surprised. There are a few sad moments where Carter goes through the process of giving up on ever finding Rogers, and Stark goes through a similar closure, but the creators mostly take it as read that we all know Cap is frozen until the Avengers need him.

So Carter doesn’t waste time mooning over him, and instead gets on with kicking arse and taking names. This is cast into contrast (I was going to say”stark contrast”) by the Captain America radio show we cross to from time to time, with its simpering female lead in constant need of rescue. Brilliant.

While the chauvinism and Carter’s heroic and ultimately fruitful battle against it is perhaps a little overdone for dramatic effect, I guess we ’70s-’80s-’90s babies have to realise we have no idea what gender inequality really is. Okay, because I don’t want to make this a sexism thing, there’s still plenty of gender inequality around, but what I mean is we have no real idea what it was like back then. World War II is really ancient history. Most of the people who were adults back then are … well, dead or dying, or at the very least senior citizens.

So, it’s a very well-handled arc as Carter earns respect. And the plots of each episode and the way they all come together – also well done. The tie-ins with Hydra, Stark, the Howling Commandos, and later Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D episodes is nothing short of brilliant. We all know where this world ends up in the mid ’00s, but the threats here are not diminished by that. And we know Carter survives because we saw her in The Winter Soldier, but there’s still tension there. We see the shape of things to come.

I’m not entirely sure where Red Skull’s doctor and budding Hydra Jarvis comes into it and starts to work. I seem to recall there was a Cinemasins ping about his timeline not making sense between the two Cap movies, but maybe Carter is here to solve that.

Have to quit. WordPress reached its word limit and I am typing blind.

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2 Responses to Agent Carter

  1. dreameling says:

    Agreed. This was a well-written, well-crafted, well-acted first season. Eagerly waiting for season 2.

    My personal favorite: Dottie the Psycho

    What’s “budding Hydra Jarvis”? Are you talking about the butler (Hydra????) or Zola becoming an AI?

    • stchucky says:

      Dottie the Black Widow school grad was neat. And yeah, I meant Zola in The Winter Soldier – I should have said “budding Hydra Ultron”, my bad.

      Jarvis was cool though.

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