Review of Marvel’s AGENT CARTER on ABC

by on June 1, 2015

in Entertainment, tv reviews

Marvel's Agent Carter

I just finished binge watching ABCs Agent Carter on my DVR. The first season was a quickie eight episode run, because if for nothing else, I suspect there was a mild lack of faith with the show, hoping it would be received well enough by viewers and Marvel fans. But I found myself enjoying the story.

“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. “

There were a few movie roles reprised, with Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter and Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark.  They are joined by James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis, Stark’s butler kind of guy, Chad Michael Murray, Enver Gjokaj, Lyndsy Fonseca, Bridget Regan, and Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire) as Roger Dooley.

Interestingly, they had a myriad of writers, directors, and producers for the eight episodes, so I could not put my finger on any one person to credit the show to. Yet oddly, they series came off with a consistent feel.

I did not expect much from the show. It takes place in an era with no cell phones. HTH can you get anything done without a cell phone? Nor did I have a lot of expectation of how they would portray a woman managing in the 40s, in this “man’s world.”

But I would like to think that I am a Marvel supporter and try to catch everything they put out. I was surprised when I stuck it out with Agents of SHIELD. Yes, it started out sucking, but two-thirds into the first season, it picked up and got good.

Hence, I finally got around to watching Agent Carter, as the responsible Marvel fan that I am. And like the one-shot they produced for the release of Iron Man 3 Blu-ray to the home market, this mini-series was just as fun.

{ Agent Carter One-Shot on Vimeo. }
{ On Amazon: Iron Man 3 (Blu-ray + DVD)  }

The story depicted the highly skilled secret agent Peggy Carter moonlighting at night to solve the case of Stark’s missing weapons, because, bluntly, she was relegated to serving coffee and taking lunch orders for the boys during the day at the SSR.

But this moonlighting also puts her at risk of being seen in some of the same circles and situations that the weapons thieves were suspected of.

Of course, along the way, Stark and his assistant, Jarvis, tend to keep a few things from her for one reason or another, for whatever stupid reason that they concoct.

This does not help her cause, with either her investigation or the SSR, considering that the SSR kept cleaning up her handi-work, not realizing it was her.

That’s all I’m going to say about the series, as an intro teaser to the overall story. But I liked the portrayal of the era, the development of the characters along the way, and the resolution of the story. I also enjoyed how they dealt with Carter’s ability to tackle the physical altercations she found herself in. She is resourceful. Like Jackie Chan movies where he used any item within reach to clock his adversaries.

I loved the bad guys in the series and I also enjoyed some cameos from other familiar characters from the first Captain America film. (I ain’t saying who because it is a nice touch and surprise.)

If it’s out there somewhere to watch on VOD or Amazon to rent or even buy, I do not think you will be disappointed at all in Agent Carter. Oh, and if you do catch it, you could consider it a catch up for the second season of the show. ABC renewed it.

On Amazon: { Marvel’s Agent Carter Season 1  }

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