AGENT CARTER Looks Like It’s Going To Kick Ass
Last night was the sixth episode of Agents of SHIELD's second season and I have to say the show is still good. It's maintaining a campy tone side-by-side with a more serious tone that truly resembles some of the best seasons of Angel - and last night's episode saw bad guys getting turned to dust during fights, really making that connection stronger. It's been an incredible uptick in quality from the dismal first season, and while I think The Flash is very good, this show is managing its tone way better than that CW series (which oscillates between very campy and very dull sadness at whiplash speeds worthy of the Scarlet Speedster himself). You should watch both on Tuesday nights.
And in January you should watch Agent Carter, which looks really terrific. It's coming from the people at Marvel Studios as opposed to Marvel TV, so already there's a big quality difference. The first few episodes are directed by Louis D'Esposito, VP of Marvel Studios and director of the original Agent Carter short that got this started, the Russo Brothers (each taking an episode) and Joe Johnston. It's an eight episode 'event series' that comes on during SHIELD's hiatus and tells the story of the earliest days of the organization and of Peggy Carter, Captain America's girlfriend.
But she's more than that! As the Agent Carter short showed, Peggy is living in a man's world, and this series tackles that head-on. She's a feminist in the days before big time feminism, and she's kicking ass while she's fighting for equality. The synopsis:
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 releasing 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.
I love it. I love everything about this. I hope it's as good as the premise makes it sound - a premise that is coming head-on at the fact that we know SHIELD will one day be destroyed by its own Hydra infestation.
Here's the short trailer that premiered on Twitter:
#AgentCarter is coming to ABC Tuesdays this January. https://t.co/SjrLrVABgM— Agent Carter (@AgentCarterTV) October 29, 2014