As I mentioned in my February Favourites post on my main blog, I would be doing a review of Agent Carter and I thought there was no better time than the present.
For those of you who don’t know (and seriously how could you not know?!) Agent Carter is the Marvel spin-off from the Captain America films. Before the programme was aired this year there had been a lot of excited chatter about what to expect but most importantly, the chatter was fixed on the fact that the main protagonist would be Agent Peggy Carter, played by Hayley Atwell. Everyone was excited to finally have a Marvel related programme headlined by a female character; and if any of you are frequenters of tumblr you will know that many people are hoping this will pave the way for the Black Widow film.
I have to admit that I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this show as I hadn’t (and still haven’t) gotten round to watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I was hoping that it wold live up to my expectation and that the character writing wouldn’t fall flat on its face because sometimes the hype does get too much! But I have to say I was surprised with how well the writing had been done. Peggy Carter was written as a strong character with the ability to work things out for herself but it also showed that she needed help with some things and it showed the depth of her emotions whenever the topic was related to Steve Rogers, aka Captain America. The vulnerabilities and strengths shown in this 8 episode mini series told me that the writers and producers wanted to make this character as much like a real person as possible, and it was refreshing to see this sort of portrayal.
This series revolved around the disappearance of Howard Stark’s dangerous inventions and the American government’s belief that Stark had sold these to the American enemies therefore being labeled an enemy himself. The SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), of which Carter is a part, is tasked with finding these inventions and also finding Stark. This is where the story really gets going. Stark visits Carter in the night and asks her to help clear his name by finding the inventions and finding out who has stolen them and why they are setting it up to look like he is to blame. This is where Edwin Jarvis comes into play. Jarvis, played by James D’arcy, helps Carter out by showing her through Stark’s properties and letting her see where the theft had taken place. He also follows her on the majority of her covert operations to keep her safe but also to be of any assistance that he can. The relationship between the two characters is portrayed in a wonderful way and you can see them both becoming attached to each other without the hint of a romantic liaison, something which I must confess pleased me to no end!
Carter’s main reason for becoming this double agent stems from the lack of respect that she receives at the hands of her fellow SSR workers. They all see her as just a woman, who is no good for any of the field world that may arise in the job, despite her having worked with the American army during the second world war. She sees this as a chance to prove her worth to those who only see her as a coffee and lunch fetcher.
I, personally, thought that the story line through this series was perfectly done, giving you the right amount of action, deception, love, friendship and anguish. I was excited to watch every new episode that came out, and I found myself waiting with bated breath as I tried to figure out what was really happening but I can honestly say that I did not expect the ending that did happen. A few tears were shed and now I am hoping that news of a second series being commissioned for next year will be talked about soon as there is still so much that has been left unsaid.
Rating: 5/5 stars