I finally got around to finishing the other Marvel television show on ABC. Agent Carter is a show starring Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter of the Strategic Scientific Reserve or simply, SSR. Set after the “death” of Captain America, season one of this series contains some clips and many references to the first Captain America movie. This show is very unique in that perhaps one of the greatest challenges to this show was having it set in the 1940s. I feel Marvel Studios did a great job with really capturing the feel and culture of that time period (I know I don’t know firsthand, but it was definitely believable).
One of the reasons I feel this show was good was because of how short it was. Many shows like Agents of Shield really don’t have a reason to be over twenty episodes long other than the studio trying to make more money. The convenient reason why this show is short is because they aired the show during the break in Agents of Shield, which is about two months or eight weeks. I think Agent Carter does a great job of providing a great television show and keeping the Agents of Shield viewers entertained while they wait for the second half of their season.
Before I go into spoilers, I’ll say that this show overall had a great story. I loved how Howard Stark was somewhat mysterious and made appearances every once in a while. I also liked the addition of Jarvis in the MCU. Now the show starts off pretty slow but as you get to episode four it picks up pretty good. You could really tell that the producers were trying to make up for the lack in a female-lead movie by making one of the major themes in this show the fact that Peggy is a woman and is able to do everything the other agents can do.
I personally enjoyed how this story connected to the movies in the MCU. As you know, the show revolves around capturing all of Howard Stark’s dangerous inventions and keeping them out of any untrustworthy hands (so basically everyone but Peggy!). I think the story was definitely better than the overarching Agents of Shield storyline because there is a clear beginning and end to this story while Agents of Shield seems to just be “filler” episodes to keep people satisfied between the Marvel movies.
The ending to this show was so good! I loved how the Agent Carter was seen as public enemy number one and she had to go “rogue” to get things done. The two villains, Dottie Underwood and Dr. Ivchenko were very good foes. Although again, it does seem like somewhat repetitive for Marvel to use mind control as a method of causing destruction. This can be seen in Avengers 1 and 2 and Agents of Shield. Just like in Marvel fashion, we saw a final scene with Dr. Ivchenka meeting Captain America villain Zola. It will be interesting to see if they both show up in season 2 along with Dottie who is still out somewhere. The only thing I wish they would have done with the show is have Stark and Carter start S.H.I.E.L.D. I think they still could have had a quality second season in the early days of S.H.I.E.L.D.