The holidays are over, and while that means less in the way of eating, drinking and merriment, it means that our favorite shows are about to return to screens across the world! While we are looking forward to the return of some favorites, there is a new show in town that I am pretty darn excited about: Agent Carter.
This short series will be filling in the usual time slot for Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, and features Peggy Carter as she attempts to adjust to life after the war, and starts working with Howard Stark as a secret agent.
The show starts this Tuesday, and in anticipation of the two hour premiere, I have put together some of the clips, promo pics, posts and reviews so far. Enjoy!
It's 1946 and peace has dealt Peggy a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy finds herself stuck doing administrative work when she would rather be back out in the field; putting her vast skills into play and taking down the bad guys. But she is also trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life, Steve Rogers – aka Captain America.
When old acquaintance Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper, Marvel's "Captain America: The First Avenger”) finds himself being framed for unleashing his deadliest weapons to anyone willing to pony up the cash, he contacts Peggy - the only person he can trust - to track down those responsible, dispose of the weapons and clear his name. He empowers his butler, Edwin Jarvis (James D'Arcy, “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”), to be at her beck and call when needed to help assist her as she investigates and tracks down those responsible for selling these weapons of mass destruction. But Jarvis, who is a creature of habit and sticks to a rigid daily routine, is going to have to make some major life changes if he’s going to be able to keep up with Peggy.
If caught going on these secret missions for Stark, Peggy could be targeted as a traitor and spend the rest of her days in prison – or worse. And as she delves deeper into her investigation, she may find that those she works for are not who they seem, and she might even begin to question whether Stark is as innocent as he claims.
The TV Spot
The First Clip
The following come from those in the biz who have watched the screener, and all of them sound pretty positive! While each review is too long to post in it's entirety, I have included the links for the full articles so you can peruse at your leisure.
David Weigand at SFGate: Gosh, “Marvel’s Agent Carter” is a heck of a lot of fun, and if that statement feels a bit old-fashioned, well, it fits the sprightly period piece about a female secret agent fighting bad guys and sexism just after World War II.
Merrill Barr at Forbes: All the rather heavy handed nods to social revolution aside, Agent Carter is an excellent, action packed series that’s also far superior to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in terms of building character dynamics from the first episode.
Jamie Lovett at Comicbook.com: The top-tier talent of writers and directors provides strong characters, which are played well by their actors, and fun, sometimes quite memorable, action sequences. There’s no need to wait for Captain Marvel, Agent Carter is the hero you’ve been waiting for.
Josh Bell at Las Vegas Weekly: One of the best things about Agent Carter is that it returns to the stylish, retro world of the Marvel universe in the 1940s, which the movies left behind when they transported Captain America to the present day. The vintage fashions, music and set design look good even on a reduced TV budget, and the show plays with the time period cleverly. ...Agent Carter should hopefully be able to avoid the wheel-spinning and filler storylines that have plagued Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and maybe even prove that Marvel TV shows can take their place alongside Marvel movies.
If all this hasn't whetted your appetite for Peggy Carter, how about some more food for thought? Agent Carter isn't just a simple shoot-em-up spy show, but a series (or, as it is being called, an eight-episode television event) with more to say about the time period and the social and political changes taking place.
For one thing, there is a distinctly feminist bent to the show, and not just because Hayley Atwell will be heading it up as a lipsticked badass. Her relationship with Jarvis (mentioned by one of the reviewers) turns the cliches about men and women on their head. The one shot already covered some of the frustration felt by many women who were forced out of their jobs and back home after the war ended, and her interactions with her roommate in the sneak peek show a clear side-story focusing on the expectations for Peggy's love life (or lack thereof). If you are interested in the feminist elements of the show, I wrote a full article which you can read here.
The Real Agent Carter
She's also not entirely fictional. I mean, yes, of course she is in the sense that there was never a real Peggy Carter running around (or a Captain America, or a Hulk, or...you know what I mean!), but there were plenty of women making an incredible difference during and after the war, including as secret agents. Catrina Dennis wrote this piece about Phyllis Latour Doyle, the real life Agent Carter, and it's fascinating!
The two-hour premiere is also worth some consideration. Marvel has been making some very careful decisions, and this is the only one that concerned me slightly. Read why here.
Finally, Marvel being Marvel, we may even get to see the generalissimo, Mr. Stan Lee himself! Matthew Chapman wrote this little piece about his cameo.
Personally, I can't wait to see all this come together, and I will admit to harboring a small hope that this "television event" could become something longer if it does well enough. I'm sure that it has been written to stand alone, but let's face it, this is Marvel we are talking about. I'm sure that if they wanted to expand it, they could.
Catch the two-hour premiere of Marvel's Agent Carter Tuesday, January 6th on ABC at 8/7c.