Saturday, 10 January 2015

Agent Carter (Season 1) Premiere

In 1946, Peggy Carter is relegated to secretarial duties in the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR). When Howard Stark is accused of treason, he secretly recruits Peggy to clear his name with the help of his butler, Edwin Jarvis. 

Agent Carter is boldly using a clip from Captain America to intro the show; the program picks up in 1946 with Peggy Carter working as a spy for a covert agency in which the male dominated hierarchy doesn't take her seriously. After subsequent Marvel one shot short film and a couple of adrenaline-injecting guest spots on Agents of SHIELD they're transforming a supporting character on Captain America into the star of an ABC series. Which is extremely opportunistic, but unsurprisingly it turns out to be a pretty smart bet from Marvel. 
The period setting gives the show a glamour quotient but even the idea of butt kicking female hero is intense by the unashamed sexism of the time. Captain America's presence is still very much felt on the mid season drama, mainly through various pod cast airing during the show, still Carter does everything Captain America  can do but backwards and in heels! Hayley Atwell fully embodies the character, developing her as she becomes a little more interesting, a little bit more relatable. I really hope the writer will deepen her more and more over the season. In fact, the grief that she is personally going through about Steve Rogers is prominent and may gets stronger as you watch the episode unfold. We connect with her character as we can understand the emotional, psychological cost of that grief and the vulnerability that comes with having such a high stress job where she's undercover and double cover-up in her life as she's going against the SSR in the first two episodes. Plus Jarvis, played by James d'Arcy, must become the comic star of the show.   

Moreover, this series does a great job at balancing the action and the fun. The first hour of the premiere sets the scene and establishes the players in a very clean way and in the second hour we really get to see more of the shows humor. It has to keep this witty tone to counteract the darker parts that may come. Finally, the combination of Hayley Atwell and post WWII setting makes the new Marvel branded series considerably fun. The two hours premiere waves plenty of questions and answers relatively few of them. It's an entertaining show which already feels like a proper series and if it keep that up a second season should definitely comes easy next year.

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