My rating: 5 stars
This Marvel spin-off centers on Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), who was an active agent with the Stragegic Scientific Reserve during WWII. Now that the war is over, she finds herself relegated to little more than the office secretary, filing and taking lunch orders. When Howard Stark is accused of treason after many of his strategic inventions are stolen, he secretly recruits Peggy to find them, giving her the assistance of his butler, Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy). Balancing her day job in the SSR offices with her mission for Stark, Peggy gets to use all of her many skills to keep her precarious position.
The show got off to a great start, putting Peggy right in the action from the beginning. There was a bit of a hiccup in the middle of the first set of shows, but the show corrected course and ended with a terrific season finale. One of the things that makes this show so good is that it focuses on Peggy as a character first, and the action and adventure second. It’s got style and charisma, with an undercurrent of intrigue and action, and a cheeky wit that makes it ever so much fun to watch. It is a bit less heavy than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but not a lightweight show by any means. I’m hooked.
I may have found a new hero(ine) in Peggy Carter. She’s tough, strong-willed, witty, and a class act. She takes the “Okay, honey” attitude of her co-workers by responding with a wit that often leaves them scratching their heads. She can also stand up to Howard Stark, something not many people find easy to do. She doesn’t have super strength or a super weapon. Her superpower is that everyone tends to underestimate her because she is a woman. Big mistake.If she doesn’t take you down with a snarky comment, she is perfectly capable of doing it with a roundhouse right. Hayley Atwell plays her with just the right amount of sass and class. James D’Arcy is almost painfully sincere as Jarvis, and plays quite nicely with Atwell’s Peggy.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe keeps growing, and giving us more and more to cheer about. Agent Carter is certainly one of the bright spots in their television franchise.
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