Monster Television Reviews! Marvel’s Agent Carter (ABC)!

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Image: Collider
             Image: Collider

Marvel surely left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. went on mid-season break in December with one of the biggest cliffhangers that I’ve ever encountered. However, they redeemed themselves by giving a beloved character her very own show that picks up right after we last see her in Captain America: The First Avenger and the few, and far between, flashbacks to the SSR days during this seasons Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

That’s right fellow Monsters, Agent Carter has got her very own show on ABC, and it’s promising, so far, to take us on a wild ride.

I was first introduced to Agent Margaret “Peggy” Carter when Steve Rogers had recently been sent to Camp Lehigh to begin his career in the United States Army, and soon after becoming legendary hero Captain America. It was very quickly after her introduction in Captain America: The First Avenger that I loved character: she’s witty, smart, cunning, and not afraid to make her way in a man’s world.

Needless to say, when I found out that Agent Carter was getting her own television show, I couldn’t have been happier.

Working from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) alone, which is all I have to go on as I’ve not read any of the comics as of yet, after World War II is over, Agent Carter continues to work within the Strategic Scientific Reserve, or SSR. Although, Peggy may have traded in her olive green military uniform for that of formal office attire, she quickly decides to don the cloak of espionage as she aims to clear the name of her acquaintance from the war, Howard Stark. Alongside Stark’s lovable Butler, Edwin Jarvis, Peggy begins unraveling a mystery around a robbery that could lead to very bad things.

Image: ABC Network
    Image: ABC Network

One thing that Agent Carter shows the viewer is that being a woman in the 1940s wasn’t the greatest, and we see that with Peggy’s current position within the SSR: being treated more as a secretary than an agent. But Peggy is bound and determined to make a name for herself within the male dominated office in which she spends her working hours. Those of us who saw Captain America: TFA know just what Carter is capable of, but the agents she works with at the New York branch of the SSR treat her as just a secretary, not letting her in on cases she is more than capable of handling on her own.

To date, there are only three episodes of Agent Carter that have been seen by the nation, and the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division* (S.H.I.E.L.D.) is nowhere on the horizon. I do not know where the writers and directors plan to take the show, but I hope we see the formation of this branch of international security form within this show.

Unfortunately, it is also unknown as to whether or not Agent Carter will be a short lived mini-series, or a series that can be picked up for subsequent seasons, but currently IMDB has five more episodes slated between now and March, when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to their regular line-up.

Peggy Carter is once again played by the beautiful Hayley Atwell, and she is joined by Dominic Cooper to recreate their previous roles from the large screen. Joining them on the small screen is James D’Arcy as Jarvis, Chad Michael Murray as Agent Jack Thompson, Enver Gjokaj as Agent Daniel Sousa, and Lyndsy Fonseca as Angie. Together, they make Agent Carter a must watch for the winter break between new episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Intrigued by Jenna’s review? Go check out Marvel’s Agent Carter Tuesday 9/8c on ABC and leave us your thoughts in the comments below! 

*S.H.I.E.L.D. has gone by three different names since Marvel began writing about it. The first was Supreme Headquarters International Espionate Lawenforcement Division; the second was Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate; and finally Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division. The MCU uses the newest as the official name.

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