A winning combination that has you hooked from the very beginning
We first met Agent Peggy Carter in Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger where she and Steve Rogers formed a very close relationship. Set during the Second World War, Ms Carter was an anomaly in a man’s world; straight, forthright and every bit as capable as her male counterparts; she became an indispensable part of the team. However, after Rogers plunged the Hydra craft into the ice and the war came to an end, she found herself working for the Strategic Scientific Reserve, where her talents are completely wasted and she is treated as little more than a secretary. That is until Howard Stark seeks her help in disproving the accusations of treason against him; teaming up with his butler, Jarvis, the pair from an unlikely crime busting alliance as Peggy tries to keep one step ahead of the SSR, criminals, assassins and the mysterious Leviathan…
The first season of Agent Carter runs at only eight episodes, and it is due to its limited run that the whole season works so well. Unlike, say, The Flash (23 episodes), which took a while to find its feet and get going, Agent Carter hits the ground running and barely lets up until its thrilling climax. To the creative team’s credit each episode is strong, there is a clear narrative running throughout the series, the characters are well defined and likeable and the chemistry that Hayley Atwell brings to the lead is outstanding. Even though there are outlandish ideas (Stark’s weaponry for example) juxtaposing them with the reality of a single woman in a male dominated workplace, adds a dose of natural comedy. There are also realistic fight scenes where a female protagonist can take down a much more powerful male adversary and the result is a winning combination that has you hooked from the very beginning.
That is really saying something, considering we know her eventual fate from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the creators have been very clever by adding peril to situations by revealing Peggy’s vulnerability towards those closest to her who, in a rare case for a Marvel series and a TV show, characters don’t always make it to the end credits!
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