18 February 2015

Agent Carter

You really don't need to be a fan of Marvel or super heroes in general to enjoy this fantastic show. Honestly, I am not a big fan of super heroes myself. I can watch them in a TV show or in a movie, but I haven't read more than 4 or 5 comics or books about them in my life (I have read a lot about Batman, but I don't consider him to be a super hero!). So, what about Agent Carter?

Agent Carter is a spin-off of Captain America set in a time a little bit after the end of World War II. If you saw Captain America: The First Avenger you will most definitely remember Peggy Carter, charismatic British officer working for American Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR) as an advisor. She worked on Project Rebirth, a project that gave "birth" to Captain American himself. As I said, the show is set after the WWII and Peggy is now a full member of SSR although... As a woman in late 1940s, she's been patronized by her colleagues and kind of demoted to a secretary, serving food and drinks for her colleagues. At the beginning of the show, she is contacted by Howard Stark (Iron Man's own father and one of the leaders in Project Rebirth) who has been accused of treason. Stark claims his innocence and asks Peggy to work for him as a double agent, to help him find his lost inventions and clear his name. That's when we can finally see Agent Carter's skills and that's what this show is all about.

Agent Peggy Carter on an undercover mission. She changed her hair color!

There's something about World War II and the period right after it. Agent Carter is no exception and I guarantee you will be charmed right away. Let me tell you, Peggy Carter herself is something special. She's extremely charismatic, intelligent and skilled. She can fight better than any of her colleagues (those bastards who take her for a waitress) and is more brave than any one of them (as proved in episode 5: The Iron Ceiling where she finally gets a field job and rejoins her comrades from 107th Regiment known as The Howling Commandos). You will love her right from the start, unless you have already been charmed by her during the first Captain America movie. Oh yes, she was mentioned a few times in Agents of SHIELD as well and made a brief appearance in one of the flashbacks concerning the obelisk.

Peggy is just... I don't know how to explain it, she just overshadows every single character in the show by her very appearance. She's witty, she's skilled, she is just incredibly dominant over everyone else and her SSR buddies just cannot see it. That is what makes her even greater in my eyes and that is what makes this show just super awesome.

Honestly, Agent Carter has become one of my favorite TV shows after only a few aired episodes (the show is currently only 7 episodes old) and I can't wait to see the next. It may have something to do with Hayley Atwell's charm (and accent!) but it's really about the whole setting and the idea behind the show. It's worth mentioning that season 1 will have only 8 episodes so you don't have to worry about "fillers", making it even more attractive. Enjoy this one as I have and have a great time watching Agent Carter!

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