I have no clever subtitle here. But Agent Carter is pretty good and you should watch it.
Here’s all you need to know about Marvel’s new ABC show Agent Carter if you’ve never heard of the character, the show, or perhaps Marvel before now:
- It’s set in 1946 New York City, or a back lot that does an excellent impression of 1946 NYC.
- Prior to 1946 Peggy Carter was a globe trotting, butt kicking, vital ally to Captain America (and the greater war effort) and now, like many women of the time, is shunted aside and expected to be a glorified secretary despite still carrying the title of ‘agent’.
- This won’t, of course, prevent her from fighting bad guys on top of moving milk trucks filled with a thousand devastating implosion bombs.
- Nor will it prevent her from delivering snappy one liners, clever banter, and decidedly unwooden dialogue.
- Much of this dialogue is delivered with and to a cast of actors who fit their roles like so many well-cast gloves. Well paced and marvelously creamy-sounding shoutouts to James D’Arcy and we’ve-missed-you Enver Gjokaj, especially.
- The whole thing looks like most of the Marvel movies from the past decade, especially the similar time frame original Captain America. This is a good thing, as it’s a well-executed look that doesn’t distract, nor become too bland.
- The whole thing also has the depth of any of those movies, which is completely fine because, again, no one over or under performs.
- While characters from all over the Marvel universe look to show up during this show’s eight week run, you don’t need to know a thing about any of them. A few well placed flashbacks make this story extremely accessible.
- IT’S TELLING ONE COHERENT STORY IN JUST EIGHT WEEKS OH HALLELUJAH SOMEONE IS MAKING TV THAT WON’T DISAPPOINT ME AFTER IT’S CLEAR THEY DON’T KNOW WHERE THEY’RE GOING AFTER TWO EPISODES.
This is what Gotham failed to be1 and what I hear Arrow and The Flash generally get right.
I won’t write much about Agent Carter, although an M.O. or two may be in order depending on how they handle their beats – but I expect to watch the entire run.
- Gotham was trying for something else, a washed out, more ambiguous, more Frank Miller look at its world, but it failed there too and wound up a too-serious version of this level of storytelling. ↵