TV REVIEW: Agent Carter Pilot & Ep.2 Time and Tide

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Agent Carter is the perfect mix of sass, action and humour and feels like the missing piece of the current MCU puzzle.  It helps to fill in the gaps and gives us Marvel’s first project with a female lead and that makes it very important.

Years before Agent Coulson and his S.H.I.E.L.D. team swore to protect those who cannot protect themselves from threats they cannot conceive, there was Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell, Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”), who pledged the same oath but lived in a different time when women weren’t recognized as being as smart or as tough as their male counterparts.

But no one should ever underestimate Peggy.

Words cannot express just how utterly wonderful the Agent Carter TV show is.  I sat down and watched both the pilot and the second episode last night and I actually cried a little by the end due to how much I loved it.  And I’m not a cryer.

I had been so looking forward to Marvel’s first project with a female lead and Agent Carter does not disappoint.  We already know that Peggy kicks ass but now she gets her own show to do it.  If you follow Hayley Atwell on Twitter then you’ll know that she’s been a one women wrecking ball during the shooting of the show, and there is certainly a lot of action.  From stapling someone’s face to full-on fisty-cuffs on the roof of a moving milk truck (all in a skirt and heels I might add), Peggy is a real force of nature.  It’s absolutely fantastic to see a female hero taking the lead in the MCU and boy does Peggy take the lead.

Without giving too much away. the plot for the first 2 episodes involves Howard being brought before congress to be accused of selling weaponry to the enemy (think Iron Man 2).  He absconds and the SSR are sent to hunt him down.  He asks Peggy for her help in proving that he didn’t sell a volatile chemical weapon to the Germans and clearing his name before he makes himself scarce.  The pilot begins in 1946 after WWII and Peggy is trying to hold her own at SSR.  There a very sweet opening moment where she’s thinking about Steve and that’s OK because the reminiscing isn’t over done and it fits perfectly into the show.  Peggy is mourning for Steve but she doesn’t let it cloud her judgement or effect her work.  Dominic Cooper is in the first episode as Howard Stark which is an excellent edition and helps to tie the show in to the first Captain America film as well as the rest of the MCU.  We also get to meet Jarvis in human form and he and Peggy have immediately cemented themselves as my new bromance.  They’re absolutely delightful together!

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Agent Carter is brilliantly written, beautifully shot and has lots of MCU tie-ins if you know what you’re looking for.  I’ll give you some clues: Roxxon, Vanko and Vitarays.

The most important thing about Agent Carter is that Peggy can completely hold her own in a very male dominated world.  It also shines a light on the role of women during that era.  It’s 1946 and the GI’s are all coming home after the war.  The show touches on the fact that after women essentially running the country whilst WWII has been raging, they are now losing their jobs as the men come home.  What do they do now?  Most women didn’t want to go back to being housewives and mothers and it’s great that Agent Cater touches on that.  But more than that, Peggy is the lead.  She’s the strong one, the force to be reckoned with.  She gets stuff done and she does it better and faster than the men in the show but without being too much.  She also uses other people’s sexism to her distinct advantage.  It’s the perfect mix.

I shall leave you all with the advice that you will need tissues, especially for the last bit of episode 2 when Jarvis is stitching up Peggy’s knee.  I won’t give it away but everything that Jarvis says to Peggy is absolutely true and is the perfect explanation about why Agent Carter is just so important.

Now, please excuse me whilst I go and continue to cry with happiness in the corner.   

Rating: 5/5

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