60 minutes

Agent Carter follows the story of Peggy Carter (Atwell). It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter 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 must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark, all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life – Steve Rogers. Reaper creators Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters serve as executive producers/showrunners, Captain America: The First Avenger‘s Steve McFeely & Christopher Marcus wrote the script and also executive produce, along with Marvel’s Jeph Loeb.
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by Lucy
Aug 21, 2017 2:42PM EDT
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At only 8 episodes, I’m amazed at how much plot and character development they got through, not to mention good attention to period details and a superb representation of women!

I did have some doubts about Agent Carter; was it going to be entirely focused on Peggy? Would it adhere to the 40’s period? Would it get lost in single episode ‘case fics’? I need have worried as the show got a really good balance going! Peggy Carter is first and foremost a complex main character, working as an agent, in what is almost entirely a men’s world, having to cover up her real job from anyone in the outside world and sort through her feelings about the war/Steve Rogers. It’s a great mix of emotions/conflicts to thread throughout the series and the show did a great job of balancing Peggy’s skill at her job with her more emotional reactions to what she sees and what she’s been through.

It’s a premise that works rather well, in 7 episodes (minus 1 for setting the scene, plot and characters up) Agent Carter manages to create a well thought out mystery/thriller with some unpredictable and gripping elements, it also includes a ton of character development for Peggy, Jarvis and also many of the recurring cast members. Thompson, one of Peggy’s fellow Agents, experiences severe PTSD during a mission, and once Peggy helps him through it, he develops into a much more rounded character - still with flaws - but we see how much he has grown over the course of the series. Sousa is another character who develops, and by the end of the series doesn’t let his disability define him.

The best part of season 2 was of course Peggy Carter herself. She’s still an excellent character with more intelligence, drive and guts than the rest of her work collegues, who this series respect her a lot more (hooray). Peggy also has a sensitivity and vulnerability, demonstrated this series through flashbacks of her life before the SSR and her developing relationships between the other characters. Her bantering/comedic friendship between herself and Mr Jarvis is still what holds the show together and I can easily see those two getting a spin off based on their super chemistry.

The other characters of Sousa, Thompson, Rose, Wilkes, Samberly and Ana Jarvis were all great. I loved Ana and her relationship with Jarvis and Peggy was fantastic. Not all characters had quite enough development this season, but they still all played their parts well and each had their own distinct personalities and diffferent reasons for wanting to help Peggy. Villian from season 1 Dottie Underwood returns briefly and combined with season 2′s villian Whitney Frost, there was anough danger and suspense to keep all the characters moving forwards to the end goal of keeping the city safe.

The plot was where this season fell down on, there was a secret council of old white men and a substance called ‘zero matter’ (a contradiction in itself) controlled by a physisit /actress Whitney Frost who wanted power because no one listened to her etc... it was a bit flimsy at times, and ‘invention ex machina’ was used to solve most problems. The entire season was set in LA/Hollywood but aside a few very direct references, it could have been any city in the US - some areas of the show felt a little under utilised, but considering it was only 10 episodes long, I’ll make some allowances.

Overall Agent Carter was a fun watch, but nearly as dazzling as it could have been. A bit of script tightening, and a little more plot and more of a focus on Peggy’s overall story (and that of her friends) might have just clinched a third season for the show. Either way I shall certainly miss having such a dynamic and interesting female character on the screen. Peggy Carter I am a huge fan of you ♥

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