I remember being 14 when Agent Carter premiered. I was stoked, because Captain America was my favorite Avenger (still is, tbh) and I was in love with Peggy Carter and the idea of a woman like her in the 40’s and 50’s. I was even more excited for this show mainly because the the era it was set in. I’m obsessed with the aesthetics and style of the 40’s and 50’s, and I couldn’t wait to watch a show about a badass female spy who fought alongside Captain America traipse around New York City & San Francisco?!?
Anyways, here is my review for the Agent Carter series!
About The Show:
Agent Carter (first premiered January 6th, 2015, on ABC, rated PG/PG13)
Notable cast– Hayley Atwell, Enver Gjokoj, James D’Arcy, Chad Michael Murray, Bridget Regan, Dominic Cooper, Reggie Austin, Lyndsy Fonseca, and Wynn Everett.
About the Show– Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell, reprising her role from the “Captain America” films) is an unstoppable secret agent for the Strategic Scientific Reserve, dedicated to fighting new atomic threats that have emerged after World War II. After working in New York, Peggy heads across the country to Los Angeles for her most dangerous assignment yet. As Peggy explores the bright lights of Hollywood and discovers new friends — and perhaps a new romance — a sinister threat emerges that could impact everyone she is sworn to protect.
I thought the plot of season 1 was enthralling! I loved the premise of Peggy having to rescue Stark’s reputation and retrieve his stolen works (which feels like the ultimate callback to the fact that most of Tony Stark’s problems stem from the fact that his work ends up in the wrong hands).
In season 2, Peggy goes to San Francisco, where she has to solve an intriguing murder mystery that leads through events entailing in dark matter and gamma rays, which was a weird but cool twist!
In season one, you are introduced to Daniel Sousa, who is played as a potential will-they-won’t-they love interest for Peggy. In season two, that tension really picks up when Peggy arrives in San Francisco and he has a long time girlfriend, and Peggy becomes involved with a scientist named Jason Wilkes, even though it’s evident to everyone around them that Sousa and Carter still have some lingering feelings towards each other.
The banter between Jarvis, Start, and Peggy was my favorite parts. I’m a sucker for good comedy in shows and movies, and I love characters that can play off of each other so smoothly.
I also loved Peggy and Angie together. I loved their friendship, especially when the show showed that they had ups and downs in their relationship, and that they could work through them.
LEAST FAVORITE MOMENTS?
The second-hand embarrassment that comes with love triangles, awkward fliting, and the rules of relationships society had to follow in the 40-50’s. I also was not a fan of the misogynistic men in Peggy’s life.
I thought the acting was fantastic, especially when people had to do their stunts. I love seeing Hayley Atwell in things, and I thought she was great in Agent Carter. Chad Michael Murray was great as well.
MUSIC & SOUNDTRACK
The music. Ugh, my heart and soul. So good! Very nostalgic and true to the era the show was set in. I need to see if I can find an official soundtrack for the show floating around on the internet somewhere.
In all honesty, probably not. I like the show, but it’s not up there with my favorites. I guess I like the idea of it more than I do of the actual show.
WHAT’S NEXT ON THE WATCHLIST?
Captain Marvel, Baby! Whoo!