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Agent Carter Episode 1 & 2 Quick Review

09 Jan

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, hope you all are doing well and what not. Time for a look back into the realm of television and today I’m going to give you my quick impressions of the season premiere of Marvel’s Agent Carter. Now I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time, ever since the Agent Carter One-Shot, I knew I wanted to see more of Hayley Atwell in this role and now we have this series, an eight episode show that will continue the adventures of Peggy Carter and will expand the MCU. So how does the first two episodes fare? Well read on and find out!

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The first two episodes entitled “Now is Not the End” and “Bridge and Tunnel” deals with Peggy Carter now being recruited by Howard Stark when the country believes that he is selling deadly weapons to their enemies. And since Stark’s most dangerous weapon falls into enemy hands, it’s down to Peggy to recover it, however, her undercover mission is threaten when her superiors at the Strategic Scientific Reserve, Chief Dooley and Agent Thompson are after the same weapon.

Story-wise the episodes was pretty good as it basically shows us Peggy Carter’s status in life, why she gets back into the field of action and what her main goal is. What I liked was that there was a solid balance between the story and action. I loved seeing how Peggy was still grieving over Steve and how she felt like she didn’t have a purpose, that is until Howard comes back into play and offers her a mission. But even after she gets back into action, there are still drama and losses in her life that can’t be avoided. This mission presents new dangers and adventures for Peggy now along with her companion Edwin Jarvis and all this needs to be done while Peggy does her usual job at the S.S.R. It seems like Stark has people who wants his technology and have found a way to weaponize it, we don’t know who yet, but it does make you wonder who it is. Some of the best moments in the episodes are the small character moments either with Peggy on her own or when she’s undercover or talking to Jarvis or Daniel. There are also some connections to the first Captain America film, not over-the-top, but just enough to be relevant.

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As for the cast, they were great. Hayley Atwell was on fire as Peggy Carter. Besides still being one of the most gorgeous women to grace film and TV screens in recent times, she is a fine actress and adds a lot of fun, style and drama to a character that many fan have come to love already. This Peggy is more vulnerable than before, however she is still just as badass as ever, kicking men’s asses, using witty remarks and using her incredible undercover skills to get what she wants. I appreciate how these episodes show how smart and resourceful Peggy can be and how missions require her to become a different person altogether which was fun to watch. Then there’s James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis, this guy is awesome. He is the butler of Howard Stark, left to be Peggy’s assistant in her endeavours. He is just as sharp and witty as Peggy, however he has a wife and a life he must maintain beyond his responsibilities with Peggy. Together with Peggy he has some great banter and some wonderful intimate moments too.

Enver Gjokaj as Daniel Sousa was also cool, he’s an agent also working at the S.S.R. and a war veteran. The guy gets an abuse from his co-workers, but doesn’t let it get him down and at times he defends Peggy when possible (even though she doesn’t require it). Gjokaj was one of my favourite parts of Dollhouse, so to see him again in another TV in a substantial role, he’s a good actor and his chemistry with Atwell is lovely. Shea Whigham is good as Roger Dooley, he’s the chief of the S.S.R. and he’s a gruff and serious kind of guy. Whigham is a great actor and I love seeing him in action and his character in this film is very similar in personality and style to Eli Thompson in Boardwalk Empire which was fun considering the time period. Dominic Cooper returning as Howard Stark was kick ass, Cooper has always been a joy to watch in this role and he once again does a fine job. I also liked Costa Ronin’s appearance as Anton Vanko, Chad Michael Murray did a good as Jack Thompson and Lyndsy Fonseca was a charming lady as Angie Martinelli.

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When it comes to the presentation is it nice. Visually the show is consistent with Captain America: The First Avenger and the Agent Carter Short with the muted colours, great lighting and good use of visual effects (I assume) to imitate the old 1940’s look. The action is nicely done with thrilling action scenes whether it involves hand-to-hand combat, car rides, chase sequences or explosions, it is very good, realistic and restrained considering the crazy amounts of items that the MCU have at their disposal. And the soundtrack by Christopher Lennertz is decent, it doesn’t have the same amount of charisma and style as the One-Shot, however it does have its moments.

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In conclusion Agent Carter is off to a very good start, the new adventures in the 1940’s are thrilling, mysterious and leave you wanting to know more. There is a great deal action and wonderful performances from Hayley Atwell and the rest of the cast. While some of the mysteries surrounding Howard Stark’s technology is a bit hard to follow and there’s nothing in this show that’s blown me away, again, the show has started off very strong and has potential to grow and become even better.

Rating: 8.5/10 (or 8/10 for both episodes)

So did you see the first two episodes of Agent Carter and if so what did you think? And how would you compare it to the Agent Carter One-Shot and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them below and I’ll see you on the next review, laters! 😀

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Posted by on January 9, 2015 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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4 responses to “Agent Carter Episode 1 & 2 Quick Review

  1. sidekickreviews

    January 15, 2015 at 4:50 am

    Hello there! Great to see you posting your thoughts on Agent Carter. I’ve finished watching episode 2 only yesterday or else I would have stopped by sooner to chat. Is this show airing on television in the UK or is it online only? Funny, since the two main characters are British. Speaking of, the interaction between Agent Carter and Jarvis is one of my favorite things about the show so far. I also like how Peggy must work undercover in her own agency, then doing her own spy stuff at night. The 1940’s setting is nice too, continuing from Cap 1.

    Enver Gjokaj as Daniel Sousa is another likeable character, I hope to see him get more involved in the story as the show goes on. He was one of the best parts of Dollhouse where his impersonations were funny and on the mark. Lyndsey Fonseca was in another spy show (Nikita) that I watched a little bit of, it’ll be cool to see her team up with Agent Carter later down the line.

    Everything about Agent Carter is working pretty good, it’s just that I haven’t totally fallen in love with the show yet. I hope as the main story arc and villain of the series is developed, I’ll become more invested. Of course the 2 hour premiere covered a lot of ground and there’s 6 more episodes to go, so I’m getting a little ahead of myself haha. 🙂

     
    • Hypersonic55

      January 15, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      At the moment there is no air date in the UK so I have to watch it online. And yeah the chemistry between Carter and Jarvis is great, I’m curious to see if that goes anywhere romantically, I know its strange to spectulate about Carter’s relationship status, but I am curious to know who she hookd up with. I do like the undercover stuck and hope there is more of that to come.

      There definitely needs to be more of Gjokaj, as you say he was one of the best aspects of Dollhouse and his acting skills need to be used here. Fonseca is pretty cool so far and I hope to see more of her too. And like you say Agent Carter isn’t a show that I love, it has a long way to go before it is must-watch TV, but so far it is definitely fun so far.

       
  2. sidekickreviews

    January 16, 2015 at 4:05 am

    The relationship between Carter and Jarvis is interesting, because she’s sort of the boss even though Jarvis doesn’t necessarily follow her directions. Jarvis mentioned his wife several times, I wonder if we’ll get to see her or if there’s a reason she’s off screen. I’ve heard some people say that Carter and Agent Sousa are a potential match.

     
    • Hypersonic55

      January 16, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      Oh yeah definitely that’s what makes them such a funny pair because one has more control than the other (Carter over Jarvis). I am curious now that you’ve mentioned the wife if we do ever get to see her or not. I’ve also heard about Carter and Sousa being a match and I could see that happening too, i’m curious to see how their relationship develops if they get more screen time together.

       

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