Marvel's Agent Carter Series Premiere Review: Girls Rule, Boys Drool

Marvel's Agent Carter S01E01 & S01E02: "Pilot" & "Bridge and Tunnel"

"Sometimes the best man for the job is a woman," declares the tagline for Marvel's Agent Carter, ABC's new eight-part series starring Hayley Atwell as her Captain America: The First Avenger character Peggy Carter. The show—which is subletting Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Tuesday-night timeslot while Coulson and the gang are on hiatus—is the first major project set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be headlined by a female character, and while that fact is slightly distressing to fans who've been clamoring for a Black Widow feature film, it's still a triumph in and of itself. Of course, it also puts a lot of pressure on a character like Peggy, who was introduced as a supporting player and love interest in the Captain America universe and is now the central focus of her own eight-hour miniseries. Is she, and by extension Atwell, up for the challenge?

In short, yes. Everything that made fans fall in love with Peggy in The First Avenger (and again in her Marvel One-Shot) is present in Agent Carter, Marvel's second foray into episodic television. She's intelligent, tough, resourceful, and capable, and she's always one step ahead of the men who populate her world. But even when Atwell delivers a line with perfect comedic timing (which happens constantly), or Peggy's excellent fighting skills are put on display (which is always fun to see), the show still has a few kinks to work out—namely, the men she's constantly having to prove herself to at the Strategic Scientific Reserve (S.S.R.).

The S.S.R. is a precursor to the modern S.H.I.E.L.D. as we know it, where Peggy executes covert missions in addition to doing administrative work (despite having the title of agent). And most of the guys in Peggy's immediate orbit—portrayed by Boardwalk Empire's Shea Whigham, One Tree Hill's Chad Michael Murray (who's apparently grown out of his squinting phase and actually maybe looks good in his '40s getup), and Kyle Bornheimer—are essentially buffoons. They're not written as inept, per se, but it seems awfully simple for Peggy (with the help of James D'Arcy's sometimes-unwilling Edwin Jarvis) to outsmart them. The main conflict? She's searching for a way to clear Howard Stark's (Dominic Cooper) name even as they try to prove he's sold his "bad babies"—his most dangerous creations—to the highest bidder.

It makes sense that Peggy is smarter, faster, and better at her job than most of the men she works with; it's her show, after all, and she's had firsthand experiences others have not. But if Agent Carter relies too heavily on its male cohort to underestimate Peggy at every turn, it will run the risk of unintentionally discrediting its heroine. The show is set in 1946, a time when women were still expected to be wives and mothers—and if they had jobs, to work only until they became wives and mothers. Even though many women stepped up and joined the workforce during World War II, once the fighting was over and the men returned from overseas, most of them couldn't wrap their macho heads around the idea that women might be equally capable—or, god forbid, more capable—of performing their jobs. That's exactly what's going on here, but if Agent Carter really wants to portray Peggy as the top agent at the S.S.R., I'd prefer to see the gents she's one-upping be painted as equals rather than stereotypical, condescending apes. That way, when she ultimately saves the day, her victory would be that much sweeter. Instead, it's two steps forward one step back in terms of earning the men's acceptance.

The secret weapon and saving grace of the Agent Carter's Y chromosome-carrying contingent is the always charming and exceptionally talented Enver Gjokaj (Dollhouse). Gjokaj plays Agent Daniel Sousa, a man who was injured during the war and who sticks up for Peggy even when she asks him not to. The actor has never given a bad performance in his life, and he isn't about to start with Agent Carter. The easy warmth he brings to the series is one of its many high points, and my only complaint is that I wish Marvel hadn't used him here, because a high-profile role in a future film would've made better use of his talents. He's definitely one of the brightest spots in an already bright series.

As of its two-episode premiere, Agent Carter is miles ahead of where Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was at the beginning of its tenure; Peggy Carter is a character with a strong and vibrant personality, and the series' opening shot, which featured Peggy as a pop of saturated color against a muted background, perfectly illustrated as much. Her appearance in The First Avenger and subsequent relationship with Captain America provides plenty of backstory, while his apparent death and the murder of her roommate, easily explain why she's reluctant to get close to anyone else, like waitress and best friend material Angie (Lyndsy Fonseca).

All of this is to say that the show wasted very little time introducing Peggy or building out her world, preferring to jump right in to the spy action—a welcome approach, considering it only has eight hours in which to tell its story. And neither of the first two episodes bothered to explain who Jarvis and Stark are, but it's not like that hurt the plot; if you know the history of the two characters or recognize other Marvel Easter Eggs, that's all well and good, but if you don't, it won't lessen your viewing experience. Agent Carter is as comfortable existing within the MCU as much as it is existing as a standalone story, which is just how it should be. Shows like Agent Carter shouldn't come with prerequisite viewing; instead, they should build on what already exists in a way that is exciting and fresh, while also remaining nonessential to the success of other projects. Thankfully, this one succeeds on all fronts.

It'd be easy to accuse Agent Carter's connections to Cap of weighing the show down, and at times the show might rely a little too heavily on his role in Peggy's life as a way of establishing pathos, but it's hard to deny that it makes for a fun viewing experience. The second episode of the premiere, "Bridge and Tunnel," even featured a radio program about the adventures of Captain America and a character named Betty Carver (hardy har), complete with sound effects created by punching meat instead of people and cracking crabs to simulate breaking bones. Overall, Agent Carter does a great job of capturing the look and feel of the world in 1946, which is key to its success, and both Peggy and the show have a clear objective: to clear Stark's name (what else is he hiding?) and recover the formula used to make nitramene, a dangerous explosive, from who or what the Leviathan is. In the end, though, it'll be the day-to-day action involving Peggy being Peggy that will keep viewers tuning in.



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– In my head, Fonseca is undercover as her Nikita character, who I'm assuming has just discovered time-travel. No one is going to convince me otherwise. Also, I really hope Angie doesn't turn out to be evil or something.

– This show is great for playing "Hey, it's that guy!" That was Bubbles from The Wire (Andre Royo) as club owner Spider Raymond, and Ray Wise as the owner of the factory. But the best cameo came from Super Troopers' Farva (Kevin Heffernan) as the asshole in the diner where Angie worked. I kept waiting for him to ask for a liter a cola.

– I was worried Agent Carter would make us suffer through a lot of Stark, but it looks like he'll remain mostly off-screen, which is probably a smart call. I don't think Cooper is all that great in large doses; he's more effective in brief scenes where he can recite a few quips and be done. And in pictures that don't require him to speak.

– Is it 1946 or 2015? Peggy used lady problems as an excuse to get out of work.

– Peggy STAPLED a guy in the face. I like Peggy.

– Would you listen to a Captain America adventure radio show today? What if it was a podcast? Marvel, please contact me because I have some ideas.


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Jan 13, 2015
When did "girl-power" turn into "slutting it up with bad guys"? Spice Girls and their faux-feminism has a lot to anwser for. Joss Whedon started the whole thing with Buffy and now seems to be back to his old tricks again. I want to see gender equality not wonder woman.
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Jan 13, 2015
Seriously this reminds me of Kevin Sorbo's self-masturbatory plotlines in most of Andromeda's episodes. It's cringy.
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Jan 13, 2015
Really enjoyed the first two episodes and looking forward to more!
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Jan 12, 2015
A average first episode got better in the second I agree with the reviewer that they better be careful with Peggy being overpowering to the men around her as they are a bit stereotypical. Reminded me of the same problem in Prime Suspect US version had and ultimate was one of reasons it was cancelled.I am sure the show in safe hands usually Joss Wheddon has a firm hand on development. Other good points are the cast are quality especially Agent Sousa , Jarvis and Sheriff Eli BOE are great.

Haley Atwell carries the film well my only gripe is the 40's music and the corny radio play this was a problem for the first Captain America with stereotypical britishness that why 2nd film did better. I like period drama 's fine but a fight scene with the corny radio play sort undermines the scene maybe just me . Also when is it possible that 60 percent of the cast speak this queens English nonsense I fought this was set in USA . Other then that a good debut I would love to see a TV series with Black Widow or Hawk-eye as they are not given much in the films .
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Jan 11, 2015
I think the universe finally heard my complains abouth the lack of interesting heroines. So thank you universe.
I love Peggy, damn she is awesome.
The male staff of SSR are annoying like hell.
I hope the series can keep up the pace. If it does I would be one grateful viewer.

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Jan 10, 2015
I normally come in on these and disagree with everybody because that's what I do, but I can't this time. I was so ready to have this be terrible, mostly because that one-shot was kind of awful by itself, but nope. Weirdly, this has more of a Whedonesque instantly appealing ensemble, clever writing and great acting. It's... actually pretty fantastic.

It may be early to say this, but... I think that cool as SHIELD got this season, this may be better already. Which, again, I would have put money against before the pilot. Gambling, am I right?

Also, I totally believe that guy would be Mickey Rourke's dad. He looks deranged in the sort of way that spawns a Mickey Rourke.
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Jan 10, 2015
A brilliant start to a series. I'd definitely watch a full season next year if they can keep up the charm.
This is much more enjoyable than Gotham as a prequel to a comic book universe. I really want to see the development from a back office boys' club to SHIELD.
I'm loving an intelligent female lead who has human connections to both male and female characters.
My one quibble was also mentioned in the article. It's not believable that a spy agency (outside of Get Smart) would be so oblivious to what she is doing. At the bare minimum, I want to see Agent Sousa figure out what's going on fairly quickly. I had expected him to 'lose' the photo of her from the nightclub.
The actor playing Jarvis is charming in his own right.
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Jan 09, 2015
This was much better than I would have guessed. They will still have to convince me that the story is going to be good enough, but the production is great. The cast is excellent, and the show looks much better than Agents of SHIELD did in season 1.

These episodes changed my thoughts from "Why make this at all?" to "Are people going to discover how good this show is before it's canceled?"
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Jan 09, 2015
In my head, Fonseca is undercover as her Nikita character, who I'm assuming has just discovered time-travel. No one is going to convince me otherwise.

Given how out-there Nikita eventually became, we were probably one season away from time travel by the time it was canned. So yes, it's Alexandra Udinov who used her billions to build a giant time-travelling vortex that took her to 1946. She did this to spite a boyfriend by erasing the events that led to his birth.
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Jan 09, 2015
I feel the same thing about the awesome Enver, but I think he hasn't quite been given the breaks to be considered a big enough name to carry a movie. As stupid as that is given his obvious charm and talent, most studios won't give him a chance. Like Nathan Fillion before him, I think this is Joss using his influence to get his own host of extraordinary people in wherever he can. I was actually waiting for him to turn up in SHIELD, but I'm happy to see him here, though I will always hold the hope that he turns super-heroic at some stage.
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Jan 09, 2015
Loved it. Quick pace. Great music. Nice to see flash backs of Steve.

Is it a coincidence that both Howard and Tony Stark's 'butlers' are called Jarvis? :-)
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Jan 09, 2015
It's a very nice touch that this Jarvis also sounds a lot like the Jarvis computer.
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Jan 10, 2015
I've heard that the actor playing Jarvis also voices the computer.
In story, Tony adored his father's butler who helped raise him and programmed his personality into his own computer.

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Jan 10, 2015
This actor is James D'Arcy. The voice of the computer is Paul Bettany.
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Jan 08, 2015
I didn't think I'd like it, and I was stunned the wife loved it. I'll be back.
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Jan 08, 2015
Pretty good start for the series..Hayley Atwell was absolutely amazing and the whole thing felt very reflective of the time period. Can't think of too many series that had a first 2 episodes that where far and away above this one.

Love her relationship with Jarvis already.

As for the whole on the nose feminine empowerment aspect..It didn't bother me at all. As much as it seems to have become a massive cause of debate over the internet i don't see why. The show is set within a time when everything they depicted was prevalent. That is the world she lived in.

As much as the men where shown as misogynistic, they were not stupid..
They solved the same things as Agent Carter did she just had a headstart or superior intel to them at certain points.

Loved the apperance of some cool character actors. My fav had to be Andre Royo (Bubbles) from The Wire.
This is also the best Chad Michael Murray i have seen since the early One tree Hill seasons.
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Jan 08, 2015
I loved it! Of course she is always ahead of those guys, except for Daniel and Jarvis they're complete moroons! They think they are going to solve everything just by having a penis! So I dont think the show is at risk of "unintentionally discrediting its heroine."
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Jan 08, 2015
Really good! Girl power! Maybe it's just me, but it's not at all hard to believe she's better than all the men in the office. You go girl.
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Jan 08, 2015
Agent Carter did in two episodes which Marvel's Agents of SHIELD took half a season to do: made me care about the characters. Peggy is awesome, no doubt, but I especially love the Battle Butler of Jarvis. Now I know where the Jarvis personality in Iron Man's AI came from. His implications that his yet-to-be-seen wife is 100 times more terrifying than a Nazi supersoldier had me in stitches, and I love how, even though he was essentially assigned to assist the woman who decked him in the face in their first meeting (seriously, Jarvis, did you really have to play up the creeper angle if you needed her help?) he does seem to genuinely care about her. The scene with Peggy mourning her friend and Jarvis discreetly consoling her spoke volumes to their partnership. I want more of the two of them together.

That being said, the REST of the men in Peggy's life (excluding Stark)... yeah, they're all idiots. Every stinking one of them. I know this is supposed to show Peggy as a strong woman in an era where every man thought the woman's place was in the kitchen, but these guys are supposed to be the best secret agents in the US, and they can't do anything useful. Johnny English is a better spy than these bozos. I get that they have tunnel vision (They think Howard Stark did it and are ignoring any evidence that could prove them wrong) but dismissing Carter altogether as "Cap's girlfriend" despite the fact that she singlehandedly took down the Red Skull's right hand man Whitehall makes them look even more stupid. Basically whatever Peggy says, the boys do the opposite. The only guy (besides Howard and Jarvis) who's actually nice to her is Joe, and I'm thinking he's holding a neon sign that says "Villainous Traitor." Thank you, Captain America and Agents of SHIELD, for constantly giving us the "helpful, nice, handsome guy turns out to be working with the Big Bad" trope so I've come to expect it on any original character not seen or mentioned in the comics.

Overall an entertaining 2 hours, 8.5 out of 10. (- .5 for the stupid men and another -1 for giving the actor who plays Leet no real lines when he's actually quite the hammy villain when he wants to be. I've seen "The Cape.")
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Jan 09, 2015
"but I especially love the Battle Butler of Jarvis. Now I know where the Jarvis personality in Iron Man's AI came from."

Ha, you noticed it too. :-)
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Jan 08, 2015
I have to say that i liked it a lot. It was catchy. Carter was a tough one...me liked..i am not sure about the butler yet...but for now i liked it. I hope she don't dwell about Captain America too much...he is in the ice...frozen for years ...we all know that....i normally don't like movies and series from that timeline, but it was nicely done all...for sure the 4 episode test worthy.
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Jan 08, 2015
So.. this was way more fun than Agents of SHIELD (which got better, but it took a while). I'm kind of glad it's only 8 episodes, so they can keep up the pace. Atwell is fantastic.
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Jan 08, 2015
It sort of felt very... 40's to me!

Loved the radio show! We used to have them down here when I was a kid and I used to listen to them while doing my homework in the kitchen's table. I got a hell of a flash back!

The action choreography was well done! (Take a hint Arrow!)

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Jan 09, 2015
Odd. I feel like Arrow is up there for action choreography (for the most part).
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Jan 11, 2015
You are very forgiving luv...
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Jan 08, 2015
What does everyone think about Angie's role in the series? I suppose the writers thought they needed to give Peggy someone to interact with outside of work - but I personally don't see the point or appeal of wasting time with such a character unless they plan to incorporate her into the fold later on as many have suggested. Since I'm assuming the series with have a romantic aspect to it I'm betting she'll become involved with one of Peggy's co-workers, most likely Chad Michael Murray, since Enver's character seems to be matched with Peggy.
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Jan 08, 2015
What an amazing pilot! Kinda happy it's only going to be 8 episodes, so they can keep this pace up. Hayley Atwell is the complete and total star of the whole thing. The fact that shes been tweeting about the injuries shes inflicted on the stuntmen so far only adds so my enjoyment. Super excited about next week already.
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Jan 08, 2015
This was more fun and entertaining than Agent of Shield. And the action choreography was mindblowing.
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Jan 09, 2015
I don't think it is more fun or entertaining than Shield. It is just different. ;-)
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Jan 08, 2015
Hmm, it was alright, it was alright, dawg; just like what Randy would say.
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Jan 08, 2015
Not completely sold yet; I had higher expectations for this show. I know it's set in 1946, but were they really that mysoginistic back then? Not sold on Jarvis either. Overall, jury still out.
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Jan 09, 2015
They definitely were that mysoginistic back then.

As a good example: Sandra Day O'Connor (who later went on to be the first female supreme court justice) graduated from Stanford Law School in 1952. She was ranked 3rd in her class, but since she was a woman couldn't get a job. 40 different law firms refused to even interview her because of her gender. She finally took an unpaid job sharing an office with a secretary.
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Jan 08, 2015
THAT misogynistic back then??? I'm going out on a limb and saying that's an accurate portrayal of many companies today.
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Jan 08, 2015
I work in a male-dominated field right now, and guys still act like that.
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Jan 08, 2015
You mean like all guys or just a few them? (even if there's one it's sad, but I'm curious!)

Honestly I believed that misogyny occurred only in few, isolated cases! It's 2015 for crying out loud!
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Jan 08, 2015
I'd say about 45% of the guys, with about 20% being obnoxious about it and the other 25% being more subtle. This includes hourly and management. This is for the mining industry.

When I was in the Navy Reserves, the percentages were higher, but with less being overt and more being subtle.
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Jan 08, 2015
I'm pretty sure that in loads of places they are still that misogynistic NOW. So yeah, that felt totally real to me
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Jan 08, 2015
Like most people I have been waiting for this show to start since it was announced. Finally it's here and I got to say it will certainly be a good fill in while waiting for Agents of SHIELD to return. That being said right now I can not put it on the same level as SHIELD is currently. More like how it started out witch I didn't mind at all but it wasn't outstanding like it has become ether. Carter feels more on that level. Perhaps it will iron itself out like SHIELD did and get better or perhaps after it is done somthing new will come about. I kind of like seeing SHIELD before it was SHIELD.
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Jan 08, 2015
Carter is an empowered and assertive woman living in a time when treatment of women had a long way to go and written in a time when women are still often represented poorly on the big and small screen. And she has a great rack.
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Jan 08, 2015
You had me at great rack.
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Jan 09, 2015
Nice to see that there are still semblances of the '40s around today. Like misogyny.
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May 28, 2016
A great rack makes me love women, not hate them. You don't know what misoginy is.
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Jan 08, 2015
I was excited after seeing the promo. I liked the hat, too.
However, the lead has me disappointed because she's unbelievable. A Brit working for an American agency just a year after WW 2? No way. Physically, her legs are not shapely as stated in the show. Given another year or two they'll be stovepipes and she'll be without ankles. Her wardrobe would never allow all the martial arts her double pulls off frequently. Her nightclub appearance was laughable. Showing up in that silvery dress almost exposing her double-d's was hilarious. No two ways about it, definitely a British matron's bosom and not suitable for spy work. The story itself was predictable with the baddies turning up where and when expected.
The next episode had better be much improved or...goodbye.
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Jan 09, 2015
A lot of what you are seeing is due to terrible costume design.

Some of it is just the 1940's, when clothes were designed to make busts bigger. They're probably also using 1940's underwear which adds even more cup size.

But some of it is just bad costuming. In the first scene her skirt ends at a wide point in the leg, giving the illusion that the entire leg is wide. Her legs look much better in the skirt from most of episode 2, which ends at the narrow knee joint.

The silver dress was also a terrible cut for her. The high waist, off the shoulder cut, and low neck all worked together to shrink the space between the bust line and the waist. It created an illusion that her bust line was just above the waist - which was completely unflattering. Again, she looked much better in episode two when she wore the blazers that elongated her figure.
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Jan 09, 2015
Thank you for taking the time and trouble to reply.
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Jan 08, 2015
What was 'matronly' about her double-d bosom?
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Jan 09, 2015
I just said they 'looked' like a British matron's breasts. In other words, much larger than would be expected on someone our heroines age.
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Jan 09, 2015
Her age wouldn't determine her breast size. Many women have naturally large breasts at a young age.
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Jan 08, 2015
So most of your complaints are based on the fact that an extremely talented and attractive woman has 'stovepipes' for legs and a 'matron's bosom'. Wow. Way to be a body shaming misogynist arsehole buddy!
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Jan 08, 2015
My comments were based on what I believe to be the target audience for this kind of TV and movies. The show runners obviously thought the lead should be 'hot.' I just felt they missed the mark. The actress you defend just isn't what 'tv' considers to be desireable.
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Jan 09, 2015
Have you seen Mad Men? Christina Hendricks has much bigger breasts and is extremely popular. You're definitely in the minority if you don't find Hayley Atwell attractive.
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Jan 09, 2015
Attractive facially, yes. The rest...not so much. Thanks again.
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Jan 08, 2015
Captain America visited an old Peggy in "The Winter Soldier" and she pretty much kept her figure after all the passing years. Even in her 90s she still looked pretty good.
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Jan 12, 2015
Could with a huge iron still LOL
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Jan 08, 2015
I feel I should point out I haven't read any of the Marvel comic books. All I know about Stark I've gleaned from the recent movies. Likewise Captain America.
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Jan 08, 2015
Two episodes in and I am absolutely smitten. I don't think I've ever taken to a show as quickly as I've take to Agent Carter. Hayley Atwell is brilliant in the role and now I'm only sorry that it's eight episodes long. Hopefully we'll get a second run with Agent Carter.
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Jan 08, 2015
It was fun watching Peggy Carter kicking ass! and Lyndsy Fonseca is a perfect fit for this show.
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Jan 08, 2015
This show reminds me the time I used to watch Nikita, I dont know if its because it has Lyndsy Fonseca in it or what.. But I like it ;)
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Jan 08, 2015
I like that they dont give to much backstory and go straight to the action. As an avid marvel fan i know most of that stuff anyway ^^
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Jan 07, 2015
That was a whirlwind of action and movement. No time to stop and breathe or you missed it!

"Fonseca is undercover as her Nikita character" - I know right?! LOL.
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Jan 07, 2015
Wow, pleasantly surprised! Much more interesting than AoS, to me. I had high hopes for AoS so I went into AC with lowered expectations, but happily the show seems much more polished and interesting right out of the gate! I agree with others that it's kind of frustrating that the men in the office seem like idiots but that is a common genre theme, just given a 40's flavor. And if you look at old comics like the WW comics, see how female heroines are treated by the men around them in those and what happens in Agent Carter is in line with that. However I can understand that it is frustrating for modern audiences to watch and maybe adaptations need to be made. The show Mad Men I think pulls off work place sexism accurately in the 60's and early 70's but AC is decades earlier and a different kind of show. People are tuning in for action and adventure. MM at least succeeded in not making it feel over the top, but a natural, organic part of the world. You got the picture without being hit over the head with it. I think if AC could follow that model it would be better.

In other notes though, I think that Jarvis and Sousa are great male characters and I look forward to seeing more of them. I love the rapport and chemistry Carter is building with Jarvis. I think they will make a great team, and I hope one day Sousa can get in on the action too. I even like Stark better than I did in the movies...he's growing on me, but any one playing Tony Stark's dad has big shoes to fill, which I know in Marvel-verse is supposed to be the opposite, but I can't help it. Trying to act up to RDJ levels of charisma and mania is no small feat.
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Jan 07, 2015
Oh yeah, and remember last year's Mob City? Well, maybe if it had looked and was written more like this, it wouldn't have been such a miserable chore to suffer through.
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Jan 07, 2015
Jarvis was the hero!!!!
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Jan 07, 2015
Yes indeed, the SSR idiots are the key problem in this otherwise fantastic show. I get what they're going for, but I just don't like any of them except limpy Joe (or whatever his name is and he feels like a plant to screw us in the end either by dying or turning traitor). If nobody in the SSR recognizes what an asset she was during the war and how that could translate to the post-war mission, it only speaks poorer of the SSR as a whole and that's a big problem watching this.

I really like the period setting, I wasn't expecting it to hold up but it carries on with Joe Johnston's styling for the first Captain America movie, to which this is essentially a sequel. Edwin Jarvis keeps it grounded well, he feels like a gentleman's gentleman from that era and it's fun to watch him play the sidekick role here.

BTW, the actor who plays Sousa (thanks, I forgot his forgettable character name, and impossible to spell actor name) was already in Marvel as a cop in The Avengers.
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Jan 08, 2015
I am ignoring his appearance there because it wasn't really a big enough role to matter, whereas here he's got a definite presence. We'll see, though. I still wouldn't bet against him appearing in another Marvel role down the line.
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Jan 07, 2015
Frustrations for me are simply the fact that all the men are dicks and Peggy has to play things careful - perfectly summing up the 40's - GOD do I feel sorry for all the chicks in that era. Definitely more going to happen with Angie... I kept expecting her to be Maria (Stark) to begin with, when I didn't know her name.
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Jan 07, 2015
Great fun. Exactly what I wanted. More please.
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Jan 07, 2015
That was probably the strongest pilot of the season. It was well done. Peggy as a character was fantastic, Atwell was pretty much born to play this role. It had great action, it was funny in parts and it thus far has a pretty good cast to back her up. I imagine that they are going to pull it up to a full time show for next season.
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Jan 07, 2015
I think they'll keep it as a mini-series. Its very expensive to do a 22 show season that's set entirely in the 40's. I'd rather one great story over a few shows than a meandering procedural with an inconsistent schedule as Agents was until the released of Winter Soldier.
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Jan 09, 2015
Just think of this as two seasons of Luther.
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Jan 07, 2015
Well I think they could easily push this to a 13 episode season. But I do agree with you on the cost. However, if it is a big enough hit for ABC I am sure they could pull off 22 episodes. You would just have to move production to a town that looks older, say Manchester, England where the NYC scenes in Captain America was filmed.
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Jan 07, 2015
I was impressed by Atwell, as well. Her performance was a combination of sophistication, power and talent - throughout the 2 installments! I wouldn't mind if the premiere was another 2hrs long! lolll
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Jan 07, 2015
I had heard some women friends who don't watch SHIELD say, "I'll try it because it's about a woman" and was curious about the ratings. Turns out it did better than SHIELD has so far this year. Maybe it got a crossover audience, which is good.

As for me, I enjoyed it. I was going to watch it all anyway, but the on-screen talent and writing will make it that much more fun. I might even miss it once it's done.
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Jan 07, 2015
I'm definitely gonna miss it when it's over.

Who knows? We might get more of Agent Carter in Jan 2016!
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Jan 07, 2015
I think this is way better the SHIELD, although I just got back into Shield (But makes me sleepy with the plot sometimes). The 2 hour premiere was awesome and I love her character. Everything is spot on...now for some tea with a splash of lemon!
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Jan 07, 2015
I’m impressed! I loved it! The air of mid 40’s, the cinematic camera work, the solid script, the strong performance, the exceptional music carpet, the thrilling action sequences of wonderful fight-choreography… what’s there not to like!!!
“Marvel’s Agent Carter” is another exemplary work of what good television can be!
Well Done ABC!
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Jan 07, 2015
I blame Democracy and Consumerism for the decline of Western Civilization-- and nothing screams decline like a comic book!
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Jan 07, 2015
Kaitlin, thanks for using "exceptional" as the adjective to describe Enver's talent. It's just so true. I'm not sure he'll ever have a role that will wow me the way his Dollhouse role(s) did but I do hope he gets enough opportunities in the future to prove me wrong. I also hope he's able to break out of his mild-manneredness of the first two episodes of this series. He does the quiet/meek/milquetoast thing just fine, I suppose, but he's capable of so much more. I've always thought he had great star potential and while he's not going to get that chance anytime soon (or possibly ever), at least he's still getting work and that ain't hay.

Let's not forget Ray Wise's current hilarious turn as Newsreaders' excellent Skip Reming, often the highlight of those episodes.

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Jan 07, 2015
OMG, that guy on the typewriter thingy made me remember fringe. Anyone? Damn I miss fringe.
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Jan 08, 2015
Yeah same! First thing I thought of, they totally stole that ;)
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Jan 08, 2015
Don't quote me on this but I think Fringe "borrowed" if from some 60's show... We would have to ask some 60's-70's TV buffs... Anyone?
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Jan 08, 2015
I'll think about it and see if I can remember anything.
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Jan 07, 2015
I miss Fringe too! I was sad when it ended but the ending was great!
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Jan 07, 2015
well, it will entertain for sure until agents of shield return and then Avengers 2 and Ant-Man ;)
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Jan 07, 2015
When did Peggy suddenly become good at martial arts?
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Jan 07, 2015
Since the content didn't focus on Captain America.
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Jan 07, 2015
She was always great at it! She is a Spy after all
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Jan 07, 2015
Enver Gjokaj was in The Avengers, and played a NYC cop. Wondering if Whedon's circle of trust re-cast him in this role for a bigger role in the Avergers world...could he be the same character? Was her somehow kept young with some kind of extraterrestrial object like Dollhouse alum Dichen Lachman was in Agents of SHIELD? That would be interesting and a nice nod to Dollhouse fans.
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Jan 07, 2015

I luuuuuuuuurved the first two episodes. Luuurved.

Hayley Atwell is a two fisted-force to be reckoned with, and one with a rather much more, shall we say, Rubenesque figure than I remembered from The First Avenger. Va-va-voom in that nightclub sequence!



I'm really looking forward to the next episode. If I must complain about something (and it's the internet, so I guess it's more or less mandatory) I was disappointed that a talented actor like James Frain (Leet Whatsisname) was stuck with essentially a non-speaking role, I can only hope that he'll crop up, voicebox intact, in some kind of extended flashback sequence.
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Jan 07, 2015
Pretty sure lady problems existed in the 40s too. And knowing my grandma, I don't see any reason not to think they were too shy to bring it up as an excuse to blow off work, either.
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Jan 07, 2015
Did the typewrite scenes remind anyone else of Fringe?

*sigh*

I miss that show.

Love this show though. Hayley was born to play Peggy.
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Jan 11, 2015
I thought of Fringe right away too!
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