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Saying Goodbye to Agent Carter and The Grinder

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Howdy ladies and gents, today I return to the world of blogging to talk about some TV news. Recently it was announced that both Marvel’s Agent Carter and The Grinder were recently cancelled and since they were shows that I really liked I just wanted to reflect on them and share my thoughts on their cancellation.

Agent Carter

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Agent Carter has always been a show not appreciated by many, but loved by a select few and in some cases it has even been preferred over Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. too. For me I liked season 1, but this year’s season 2 definitely changed things up and made the stories, tone and character development a heck of lot more interesting and engaging. Now I know that there weren’t a lot of fans of season 2 because of the focus on humour, the more light-hearted tone and a story that wasn’t in line with what took place last season, but some of those elements are what I thought made season 2 fun. This season really dove deeper into the relationship between Peggy and Jarvis and why it was important,the introduction of Dark Matter added an interesting supernatural element, the show covered themes of race, gender and the inner workings of Hollywood well, and finally for the most part Whitney Frost was a pretty solid villain with a good backstory and rise to power. Now good the humour have been toned down? Yes. Would better writing have fixed certain tonal shifts, Peggy’s love triangle and given Whitney Frost more to do beyond being a villain limited to one season? I would think so. And would a heavier focus on Dottie Underwood have made the show more interesting and given the show better continuity with last season? Probably. In the end we’ll never know, I guess the viewership wasn’t high enough and the content wasn’t what a lot of fans were looking for, but I had hoped Agent Carter would at least see a third season just to get some more stories, but I guess maybe some future comics, film flashbacks or a short could fill in the gaps.

The Grinder

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Ah The Grinder, tis a shame to see you go, but I guess you weren’t funny enough to stick around. For me I didn’t start this show until early side of March and then got addicted with the first few episodes. What I liked about The Grinder was its meta nature, sel-awareness and over-the-top style and humour, the show was very silly, but in a good way, and for at least the first have of the show, maybe up to around episode 15 the show was on fire, fairly consistent and introduced new scenarios that changed things up but kept the formula of the show intact. I think what happened with the show’s demise was a few of things like: 1) That those who weren’t sold on the first few episodes gave up without giving the show a proper chance. 2) I think the show went on for too long and could have been shortened with less repetition and filler episodes and tighter main narrative. And 3) I think the show ran out of steam about 2/3’s of the way into the show, with the latter stories being more a drag and some of the humour felt less funny and smartly written than in earlier episodes. Regardless of those issues I adored Rob Lowe and his charisma in the role of Dean Sanderson and what he brought to the “The Grinder” TV series inside of the show. Lowe and Fred Savage had good chemistry and I also enjoyed what Mary Elizabeth Ellis brought to the show as well.

It does suck that both of these shows have been axed considering how much fun they were and the potential they had to be more, but I guess that’s just the way things go in the ever-changing world of TV. I just want to say that it was a good time checking these shows out while they were airing and the memories won’t be forgotten. 🙂

So did you watch Agent Carter or The Grinder or both? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Media, Television

 

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What I’m Currently Watching #20

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to What I’m Currently Watching where I give you a tiny update on what TV-based stuff I’m watching and give mini reviews/impressions on them. This is the 20th week and after a week off I’m back to talk about some TV stuff again. With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! 😀 Oh and careful for spoilers and bad language below…

Agent Carter (Season 2) “Hollywood Ending”

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So after 10 episodes we’ve come to the end of season 2 of Agent Carter with Hollywood Ending” and it was pretty good, if a little predictable and disappointing considering the build up towards this finale, and while the show was technically given an ending, it was still left open for the possibility of a third season (though that may not happen due to Hayley Atwell’s commitment to ABC’s Conviction). So what happened? So Wilkes blew up and got rid of the Zero Matter, but Whitney took it all and then became obsessed with creating another machine, seeing her all crazy and corrupt was interesting, but it sort of got rid of the more charming and charismatic side of her that I liked. And it was also surprising to see how much Joseph Manfredi cared for Whitney, how he’d noticed that she’d changed and went to Howard Stark and Carter for help. Also seeing the return of Howard Stark was awesome, whether he was flirting with Rose, arguing about the name of a machine or complaining about mustard, Dominic Cooper was a delight, but it was great to have him along with Wilkes and Samberly to help create Whitney’s machine to draw her out and then use the gamma cannon to rid Whitney of her powers and send the Zero Matter back to the other dimension. While I didn’t think anyone would die, I was a little worried for Sousa when he almost got sucked away into that portal. At the end of the day things worked out, Whitney was sent to a mental asylum (that was creepy), Thompson was shot and Peggy’s file was taken (that dude is dead right?), and Peggy got convinced by Jarvis to stick around in LA and finally kissed Sousa! I know this was predictable but it had to happen, these two had been doing that “will they or won’t they?” thing for too long. Though I wonder: 1) Are they officially a thing? 2) If so where does that leave Wilkes? Was he just forgotten by Peggy or what? And 3) I wonder who’s decision it was for Peggy to finally hook up with Sousa, was it because he’d almost died recently or was it because of their history of being potential lovers since last season? Either way this season may not have been for everyone, but with the exception of this final episode, I’d say season 2 has been a lot of fun and I can only hope for more in the future.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Episodes 1-6

So during the week I had a chance to finally catch up with this show and I have to say that I’m liking it so far, I wouldn’t call it must-watch TV but it’s certainly far from being boring. Having Rip Hunter assemble his ragtag team of heroes has been fun to watch considering each other their individual backgrounds and character traits. Just like when I watched The Avengers or Guardians of the Galaxy it took a while for these characters to get used to each other, they argued and fought each other, but eventually come to trust, confide and rely on each other and its been fun seeing the different groups and pairings interact. My favourites so far would be Captain Cold and Heat Wave, those two are criminals through and through and have a wonderful dynamic, but it’s also been interesting to see how these adventures have changed their perspectives on what they want out of life and how they treat each other. Oh and how smooth is Wentworth Miller? That dude, damn. I also am enjoying seeing more of Sara Lance and Ray Palmer as well, and seeing the further development of the bond between Professor Stein and Jefferson Jackson has been great too. Oh and Rip Hunter while I wasn’t too keen on him in the first two episodes has grown on me. The only people I haven’t cared for are Kendra and Carter (Hawkgirl and Hawkman), they never really caught my interest in the crossover episodes and they’re not too interesting now. Once Carter died I was like “Thank god!” That dude was so BORING. And it doesn’t help that Kendra seems to have no charisma and constantly moans about being a barista before all this.

Oh and the action falls in the Arrow category of things where it can be pretty cool and well-choreographed in certain sequences, and then not look all that good in others with questionable fight choreography, camera shots and visual effects. I don’t mean to sound snobby, I just have a very specific set of needs when it comes to action in my superhero shows. My only concerns about the show at this current point in time would be: 1) How much time travelling will they do before the novelty wears off? And 2) How many times can they go through time and mess up/fail at their missions before things become repetitive? Basically I want the show to stay fresh and find new and interesting ways to keep my interest with the time travel elements, but I don’t know how far they can go considering that even with the first six episodes I feel like by the time the season’s over I would have been a little tired of all this stuff, but hey I could be wrong, guess we’ll wait and see what happens.

Star Wars Rebels (Season 2) “Homecoming”

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This week’s episode of Rebels, wow, talk about a 180! While the last few episodes have been great for character development, I really enjoy the power struggle between the light and dark side of the force with the Jedi, lightsaber fights and the mythology, and this was some really got stuff, best material in ages. we got to see the Inquisitors, return to the Jedi temple from season 1 and got an inside look into the mind space of our lightsaber-wielding heroes at this current point in time. And how about that opening? SO COOL! Straight into an action sequence with Kanan and Ezra fighting the Fifth Brother and Seventh Sister in mortal combat, it was fast, furious and intense, and just when the heroes look like they’re in a pitch Ezra was able to help them escape using his Force abilities, and it was cool that this episode again addressed Ezra’s growing power, his subtle arrogance and Kanan’s doubts about being able not only protect him but save him from the Dark Side. I really enjoyed the return of the Lothal Jedi temple and seeing Kanan with his intense battle with the Jedi guard, Ezra and his conversation with Yoda, and Ahsoka dealing with her inner turmoil relating to Anakin and the truth of what he’s become (totally confirming that she’s at least been aware about who Darth Vader really is), that was all great stuff, especially Ahsoka’s stuff and Kanan’s material, the hell saw the Grand Inquisitor being behind the mask of that guard? Even the Inquisitors were shocked, and then to show Vader towards the end, glorious. The season’s finally starting to ramp up and deliver on the promise of the footage we had hoped for during the trailer that was released weeks ago. I’m hyped! 😀

Well that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen or plan to watch any of these shows? If you have any thoughts be sure to drop a comment below and let me know what TV shows you’re currently watching  too. Until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2016 in Life, Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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What I’m Currently Watching #19

Howdy ladies and gents, and after a good few weeks off I would like to welcome you back to What I’m Currently Watching where I give you a tiny update on what TV-based stuff I’m watching and give mini reviews/impressions on them. This is the 19th week and I have to mention that I only watched two shows this week, and I got pretty giddy about Agent Carter so those episode reviews will be a little on the long side. With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! 😀 Oh and careful for spoilers and bad language below…

Agent Carter (Season 2) “Life of the Party” & “Monsters”

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Well fuck me, episode 6 of Agent Carter entitled Life of the Party” was some damn good stuff with Dottie Underwood on the loose and Whitney Frost becoming all-powerful. This episode was about revealing secrets, uneasy alliances and making tough moral decisions. There was so much to love about this episode and I could talk about it for ages, but since this is a condensed review I’ll try my best to highlight my favourite aspects of the episode. A fair amount of stuff took place in this episode with Wilkes devising a plan to make himself whole again, Peggy requiring Dottie’s helps to obtain Zero Matter from Whitney, Whitney taking over the council and Jack Thompson having to turn against Peggy in order to ensure not only his loyalty to Vernon Masters, but also secure the safety of his career. I also liked how this episode addressed Peggy and Sousa’s subtle/not so subtle feelings for each other because of Violet’s discovery last week, it was clear that there’s still hope for these two and Wilkes can see that he’s now part of a love triangle, oh yeah! Let’s quickly talk about the return of Dottie, oh man I’ve been waiting to see this firecracker return and she was brought back in such a great way because of Peggy’s injury, and it was awesome to see these characters face-to-face with the witty dialogue and knowing how each other works, so when Dottie attempted to escape, Peggy knew beforehand to catch her later on or when Dottie was on infiltration duty she knew how to be crafty and get lost while with Jarvis. I loved Dottie’s interaction with Jarvis and Wilkes and Bridget Regan just kills it with her energy and charm. Oh and Whitney, man she had an important arc in the story this week, I knew Calvin was setting her up before the council meeting, I just didn’t know what he’d do, but after demonstrating her abilities Calvin had men try to choke her out from a distance, but then she literally sucked them up, killed her hubby and half the council members! Shit, she wasn’t playing around anymore and left a few key members around as her new henchmen to assume power as the new leader in town and I loved it SO much, oh and what the hell is Whitney doing with a chained up Dottie in that box!?! MYSTERIOUS!

And then we go from one damn good episode to another. Episode 7Monsters has to be noted for one key factor; Whitney Frost got to Dottie Underwood! Vernon was playing interrogator and Dottie wasn’t having any of it, she was too tough, but Whitney came in, grabbed Dottie and filled her with Zero Matter and then got her to not only talk, but we saw her break. As witnessed in last season, Dottie’s one of the woman from the Black widow program and she’s tough as nails to a ridiculous degree, but what Whitney did was install fear into Dottie, the look of shock and desperation in Dottie’s face was surprising and incredible. The woman even shed a tear, I didn’t think Dottie was capable of that! Besides that beautiful moment, this episode was filled with a lot of good stuff with Vernon Masters being a crafty bastard, Wilkes finally becoming whole again and Whitney Frost learning about Wilkes’ connection to Zero Matter and eventually stealing him. I once again loved how this episode addressed Peggy’s love life and brought to light that she now has two men chasing after her affections and she didn’t know how to deal with it. Having Peggy and Jarvis going to find Dottie only for their plan to fail and get captured was pretty funny. I also enjoyed the witty banter between Peggy and Dottie as they were escaping, the fact that poor Sousa mysteriously got beat up by masked men, but then got relieved from his position as head of the LA division of the SSR by Vernon or that Whitney’s made plans, asserted her dominance over other people and discovered new things about Zero Matter and Wilkes. That speech she gave about the reason why Wilkes was hired and the tough realities that women and black people faced at that period of time felt not only appropriate but powerful too. Oh and finally poor Ana, she was literally in the wrong place at the wrong time, and while I appreciated her trying to do the right thing by confronting Whitney, the woman got shot and you could see that it broke Jarvis. That final moment with him and Peggy together in the hospital spoke volumes about their friendship and the pain of their current situation.

Star Wars Rebels (Season 2) “Homecoming”

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This week’s episode of Rebels was pretty solid, not a great episode but I liked it. It was night to see another episode dedicated to Hera and giving her some development in terms of her aiding her home planet Ryloth and dealing with her father, Cham Syndulla. I’ve always been a fan of family conflicts and it was interesting to learn about Her’s history with her father and Cham’s reasons for doing what he did and why he and Hera had their differences, but ultimately still wanted the same thing; to be heroes and safe people in need. There were a few individual good moments I did enjoy like Kanan adjusting himself before meeting Cham or Her and Cham’s conversation where Hera reverted into her father’s accent or the point when Kanan and Ezra were throwing each other with the Force during the action sequence. I will admit the episode did have a lot of familiar story and character moments when it came to ulterior motives and then having him and Hera make up towards the end of the episode despite years of pain,

Well that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen or plan to watch any of these shows? If you have any thoughts be sure to drop a comment below and let me know what TV shows you’re currently watching  too. Until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2016 in Life, Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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What I’m Currently Watching #18

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to What I’m Currently Watching where I give you a tiny update on what TV-based stuff I’m watching and give mini reviews/impressions on them. This is week 18th and I apologize for leaving this post so late but I’ve been a little on the busy side this week so I’ll only be talking about three shows today. With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! 😀 Oh and careful for spoilers below…

Agent Carter (Season 2) “The Atomic Job”

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Agent Carter at this point I can’t recommend enough, I really love this show now. Things are starting to escalate a little with Whitney Frost wanting to set off an atomic bomb to make use of her Zero Matter powers and Peggy assembling a team to stop her. Having Peggy have a team for the Roxxon break was great because it allowed for more of an interesting dynamic beyond her already fun adventures with Jarvis and more recently Sousa too, I’ve liked the way Rose has been used in this season so far with a little more interaction with Peggy and Sousa, but man she seriously kicked ass in this episode. Who knew she was fighter or that she was such a good flirt/manipulator of men? That woman was crafty! And even an inconsequential character like Samberly got to step into the field and show off his gadgets and skills. Other things I liked was the fact that Calvin was starting to stand up for himself, but was still put back in his place by Whitney who clearly is enjoying her new abilities, seeing Peggy get impaled was horrible, but it did allow Violet to patch Peggy up and then realise that even though she wanted to marry Sousa before, she’s not dumb and could see that Sousa still had feelings for Peggy (oooooo relationship drama). This may be my favourite episode so far, or at be my favourite when it came to the humour. From Jarvis and Peggy discussing possible infiltration techniques for Roxxon that all ended in death to Peggy constantly zapping Hugh Jones while trying to find his key to seeing the strange yet interesting interactions between Rose and Samberly were fun, oh and how good was the slow motion walk scene with Peggy and her crew. 😀 This episode just had a lot of everything and so many moments just made me want to laugh or smile.

The Flash (Season 2) “Welcome to Earth-2”

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Man I really liked week’s episode of The Flash and it might be my favourite of the season so far. It was so strange, different and awesome with Barry, Cisco and Harrison Wells travelling to the much-talked about Earth-2. Seeing all of the subtle similarities and many differences for all of the current and past characters from the prime Earth was so cool and interesting. I loved the use of Killer Frost and Firestorm, learning about Reverb and seeing his interaction with Cisco was amazing, and having Barry live the life of his Doppelganger and discovering the differences in his life with Iris, Joe, the police station and his mother lead to some funny and emotion moments. This episode had a lot of the best sci-fi elements that Iove when it comes to futuristic worlds and cause and effect, oh and towards the end with Zoom showing up and once again establishing his dominance by killing Reverb, Firestorm and capturing Barry, shit, totally surprised by that and can’t wait to see how Barry will escape.

Star Wars Rebels (Season 2) “The Call”

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This week’s episode of Rebels was good and much more entertaining than last week. I liked that this was another episode where the Ghost crew in a tight spot with them cold, lacking many options and close-to-death due to their lack of energy for their starship. But I also liked how this was an episode that focused on the use of the Force and made those moments between Ezra and the Purrgill special and kind of magical/supernatural, and once again reinforces that Ezra is a strong individual with the Force (probably more foreshadowing for later events). Even though I love Hera, I did find her pessimism towards the Purrgill a little annoying, I mean sure she explained her reasoning later on but it was a little frustrating to see that she had no faith in Ezra’s instincts.

Well that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen or plan to watch any of these shows? If you have any thoughts be sure to drop a comment below and let me know what TV shows you’re currently watching  too. Until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2016 in Life, Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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What I’m Currently Watching #17

Howdy ladies and gents, and after a good few weeks off I would like to welcome you back to What I’m Currently Watching where I give you a tiny update on what TV-based stuff I’m watching and give mini reviews/impressions on them. This is the 17th week and while there’s been plenty of TV on the air, I’m gonna start with the regulars and work up to more in the future if I have time. With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! 😀 Oh and careful for spoilers below…

Agent Carter (Season 2) “Smoke & Mirrors”

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Agent Carter just continues to excel at being awesome with this week’s episode doing a great job at again improving the foundation that season 1 created, but also introducing new and unexpected elements that have made the show so much better than before. There was so much to love from the humour involving Jarvis, to Peggy’s tactics to get information out of Mr. Hunt to Whitney Frost’s attempts to understand her abilities with the Zero Matter inside of her. But for me the flashbacks were the most fascinating parts. Learning more about Peggy and Whitney’s history from their childhood to later periods in adulthood was very insightful, fun and heartbreaking to watch. Who would have thought Peggy was married before the war began or that Whitney had an a mean mother who didn’t care her daughter’s intelligence? There were powerful moments between Peggy and her brother, Whitney and her mother or when Peggy and Wilkes. Oh and how great was it to see Whitney just turn into full-on villain mode and absorb Hunt? I love how she’s accepted this ability and reasserted her dominance over her husband too, I can’t wait to see where her story goes towards the end of the season.

The Flash (Season 2) “Fast Lane”

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Last week’s episode of The Flash was impressive so I was really looking forward to this week’s episode. For me “Fast Lane” was decent, I was enjoying seeing another metahuman emerge two years after the explosion and the internal conflict within Dr. Wells was brilliant because of his attachment to Barry and Team Flash, but also his agreement to Zoom in order to keep his daughter alive. That stuff was great. But it was when Barry was running as the Flash and wasn’t able to save Iris, that specific moment was when the episode got my attention. Before now Barry’s always has been quick enough, but because of Wells stealing a bit of the Speed Force, Barry, for the first time in a while hasn’t been quick enough to save everyone and its worse because the person he allowed to get hurt was Iris. But THEN Wells openly admits that he stole Barry’s speed and gave it to Zoom in front of everyone, WHAT? This could have easily been hidden for several more episodes and yet it was brought to light right then and there and now Wells is on lockdown, and the episode wasn’t even over yet! Madness! And then Barry chose to forgive Wells and let us know that they were going to Earth-2, nice. Also Cisco continues to be the king of humour and badassery when he named Tar Pit or when his ringtone went off or when Barry and Caitlin dubbed Felicity the best hacker and Cisco was disappointed on their response, that was perfect.

Arrow (Season 4) “Unchained”

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This week’s episode of Arrow was decent. I looked like everyone in this episode had issues with Felicity facing more problems because of her disability, Thea was having trouble staying alive because of the after effects of Lazarus Pit and her run in with Damien Darhk and the team were dealing with the return of Roy as a potential criminal. I honestly didn’t care for the Nyssa’s storyline, though it was great to see Tatsu/Katana again and see her fight Nyssa. And I liked having Roy back on the side of Team Arrow and learning about what he’s been up to and why he’d been doing what he’s been doing. Also the Calculator was pretty interesting and dangerous enemy, but to learn that he was Felicities father was a cool reveal and I’m curious to see where his character goes in the future. The return of Shado via the flashbacks was probably the best thing that’s come out of season 4 since the appearance of Constantine, but since it was only through hallucination it didn’t leave as much of an impact.

Star Wars Rebels (Season 2) “Legends of the Lasat”

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This week’s episode of Rebels was good but not as engaging as I’d hoped. I’d heard online that we’d have a Zeb-focused episode and that’s something I’d welcome with open arms, but this was definitely not what I was expecting. Learning about Zeb’s past and what happened to his people was very interesting and just added new layers to an already cool character, but what I wasn’t too keen on was the two Lasat’s and how they wanted to find their new home and relied on a legend and blind faith to find this planet. For me the story overall just wasn’t as interesting as some of the material that’s come before, that being said I did enjoy the final few minutes or so when Zeb used his staff to travel through the portal when Agent Kallus tried to go after them and failed, those few moments was when I really started to get into the supernatural aspects of the episode.

Well that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen or plan to watch any of these shows? If you have any thoughts be sure to drop a comment below and let me know what TV shows you’re currently watching  too. Until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2016 in Life, Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Quick Thoughts on Agent Carter S2 Episodes 1 & 2

As you may have noticed people, I haven’t gotten back into the reviewing groove for TV shows as I’m still trying to sort out the timing for when I can put them out on a weekly basis. However, with the return of Agent Carter last week, I couldn’t leave my blog without giving you lot my thoughts (regardless of whether you want them or not haha). So what follows are my quick thoughts on the first two episodes “The Lady in the Lake” and “A View in the Dark“. Mild spoilers follow.

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Well, I am happy to report that season 2 of Agent Carter is back in full effect and so far I’m really enjoying it. I liked the first season of this show but I found it a little slow and uninteresting during the mid-point, however, since we’ve already spent time establishing the world, main characters and plot details last time, it allowed this season to hit the ground running taking the foundations of what’s come before and build on it, while presenting new and interesting situations. The new mysteries/stories surrounding the frozen lady, Sousa and Peggy’s relationship status, Calvin Chadwick and his business with the Zero Matter and the secret council, and Calvin’s deceptive wife Whitney Frost all has different levels of intrigue, excitement and potential for the future. I’m especially liking Frost with her being the brains of the operation between her and Chadwick, and that Zero Matter, man, it reminded me a little of Gravitonium, but then I also thought of the Kree monoliths as well. I just want to know what it is and what it does.

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One of the things I liked about Agent Carter before was the relationships between characters, whether they were friends, potential love interests or enemies, and that applies here as well. There’s a lot of fun or dramatic moments with Peggy in these first few episodes whether it between her and Jarvis, Thompson or Sousa and it is interesting to see how these moments play out considering where these characters were in season 1 and where they are now. I also like the sense of progression from season 1, where times have changed, we’ve moved past the post-war era and are entering a world that’s a little more fun, exciting and unexpected as well. The change of scenery has allowed for a great new colour palette, different types of locations (like movie sets and jazz clubs) and gives the show a sense of scope that hasn’t been present before.

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As for the cast I’m really enjoying the returning and new cast members as well. Hayley Atwell hasn’t lost a step as she’s still just a beautiful, witty and badass as she was before, but this time round she’s a more emotionally open and funnier than before. James D’Arcy continues to be hilarious and full of surprises as Edwin Jarvis with his new training regimen and need for adventure. Enver Gjokaj as Daniel Sousa is my favourite of the returning cast as he’s changed so much with him becoming a Chief of another department of the SSR and having a new girlfriend that he wants to marry, while also having feelings for Peggy too. seeing how his life has changed and some of the emotional turmoil that he’s dealing with is great to watch. also seeing the return of Chad Michael Murray as Jack Thompson and Bridget Regan as Dottie Underwood was also welcome, however, I am very curious to know where Dottie’s gone and when she’ll cross paths with Peggy again because I really love it when Dottie’s around being all creepy and subtly psychotic. And with the new characters, Lotte Verbeek as Ana Jarvis is just a delight to watch, Reggie Austin also introduces some nice character moments as Jason Wilkes, and while I like Currie Graham as Calvin Chadwick, it’s his wife that was way more fascinating with Wynn Everett doing a really good job as Whitney Frost.

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I can’t wait to see where this show goes in the next few episodes, I’m hoping for something a little more exciting and superpowered than before, but so far Agent Carter‘s second season is off to a great start.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2016 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Comic Book TV Shows of 2014-2015 – Let’s Compare

Howdy ladies and gents, now as promised a little while ago in Upcoming Stuff For This Blog, I’m finally getting around to talking about those comic book TV shows. This is the first of a few blog posts on this subject matter (if I can write them up soon enough). So as it says in the title of this blog post I’m basically going to look at the comic book TV shows that started September last year up until May this year. I’m annoyed its taken me almost 2 months to get around to doing this post but I finally have some free time. And just to clarify before I begin even though The Walking Dead and iZombie are comic book shows, they won’t be counted unfortunately. Minor spoilers to follow…

Arrow

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Arrow was a show I was reluctant to watch at first because of the hype behind it and the whole dark and gritty approach aesthetic, but I really ended up liking seasons 1 and 2, and so I was super hyped to see what would go down in season 3. So imagine my surprise to find out what a disappointment last season was overall. Now don’t get me wrong, there was a lot to enjoy. I liked the earlier half of the season with the introduction of characters like  Ra’s al Ghul and Ray Palmer, and then there’s some of the progression of the characters from season 2 as well which was interesting. The action was still super slick, nicely shot and well-choreographed, and the crossover material with The Flash was cool. But my problem with Arrow‘s third season is that it loses its focus, it felt like the focus was less on Oliver and more on everyone else, also the stories in this season just weren’t as engaging as they were before, there was also some annoying love stories taking place and the flashbacks which were once an interesting look back into Oliver’s life, just became tedious and far-fetched. Plus there were just some bad decisions made with some of the characters and stories that made this season more of a chore to watch more so than anything else.

As for how it compares to the other shows it is hard to say. While it’s clearly not in the same league as The Flash and Daredevil, you can say that it was better than Constantine and argue it was better than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, but I honestly had more fun with those shows than Arrow but that’s just me.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a show that most people had given up on by the time season 2 started and it only had its loyal fan base to keep the viewership alive. Luckily season 2 corrected a lot of the problems with the first season by moving at a quicker pace, having further development of the established characters, having more action sequences and hand-to-hand fights and utilizing the comics better. The people behind the show did well to use characters and stories from first season and bring them back here, but in addition to that they were able to introduce more new characters and make them fit into the overall dynamic of the show while also changing up the basic formula. There was more drama for Coulson, we got answers for why Skye was so special, we finally found out about Melinda May’s past and got to see more of evil Ward. But the biggest reveal of this season was the introduction of the Inhumans which changed the structure of the show a lot and added the super-powered aspect to the show which it really needed. With all that being said season 2 still had problems with creating engaging stories for people who weren’t familiar with the show, some of the new characters were wasted and because of the swift pace some stories felt rushed.

When it comes to comparison, AoS was better this season, better than Constantine and in my mind more fun to watch than Arrow. And I liked it a little more than Agent Carter too. But it was nowhere near as good as Daredevil or The Flash.

The Flash

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Ah The Flash, the show that a lot of people are claiming to be the best comic TV show ever, and for good reason because it’s pretty awesome. I feel like this has been the most consistent, fresh and fun first season of any comic book TV show I’ve seen in these modern times of comic book adaptations. While I’m not too familiar with the Flash source material, that did not stop me from engaging with the show’s characters and stories. What’s so great about this first season is that it is not another dark, gritty and realistic superhero affair like arrow or the Chris Nolan Batman films, it is light-hearted and comedic, it also embraces its super-powered side, is also self-aware, has plenty of fan service for fans and still finds time to be dramatic and emotional when the time comes. Even though this season is an origin story for Barry Allen, there’s a lot of groundwork being made for his friends and enemies, and storylines that will come to pass in season 2. I think my only issues with the show was that the first few episodes were a little slow and had that annoying CW habit of inserting popular music in episodes when it clearly wasn’t needed.

As for how this show compares to the rest would argue that it is the best as it had such a nice balance of action, drama and humour. Daredevil comes in at a close second because of its style, genre and action but lacks the consistency and fun factor that this show has.

Constantine

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Constantine is another one of those shows that most consider a failure, I mean look at all the problems it faced:

  1. It was on NBC
  2. It had a bad time slot
  3. It was barely marketed so no one really knew about it
  4. The show made a lot of sacrifices with the source material which turned a lot of fans off

The show was fighting an uphill battle and add on top of the facts above that it was less adult than the comics, had so-so reviews and very little viewership. It is no wonder that the show got cancelled considering all of those factors. That being said, I thought the show was pretty good and I know that there were a good few people on the internet that were fans of this show too. I think what made this show good was two key factors: 1) It was the only superhero TV show that had a heavy focus on the supernatural/horror side of comic books and 2) It had a great central performance from Matt Ryan, while the rest of the cast were good, but it was Ryan’s performance that made the show worth watching. While it did start out a little slow, I reckon it was around episode 4/5 when things started to get interesting, eventually in the final stretch of episodes things started to get pretty dark, dramatic, suspenseful and pretty creepy.

When you compare Constantine to its other DC counterparts it just did have the same kind of engaging stories, style and heavy focus on action that Arrow and The Flash had. You could argue that it was the weakest of the bunch in this list of shows, that’s not to say that it was terrible, but in my opinion the other shows were a little more show of themselves and had a lot more charisma.

Agent Carter

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Now let’s talk about Agent Carter‘s first season. This show is very different from the other mainly due to its length, 8 episodes is a pretty short time span, that being said it allowed this show to tell a concise, interesting and action-packed story. Getting to see more of Peggy Carter’s adventures after Captain America: The First Avenger and seeing what kind of challenges she faces, not only around the workplace, but also emotionally and physically when she was kicking ass. This show did a great job of showing off both Peggy’s vulnerability but also her badassery, and pairing her up with Edwin Jarvis was great as they made for an unlikely but hilarious pair. I liked the ties to the comics and other MCU films, the use of new villains and interesting action they were able to pull off considering the 1940’s setting. I will say that as much as I liked the show, I would have liked more spy-oriented material, some more likeable main characters and a swifter pace for some of the story elements in the first half of the season.

As for how it compares to the other shows, Agent Carter was good and some fans said it was better than Agents of S.H.I.L.E.D. and while this show was a little more consistent, I think it didn’t have as fun characters or as interesting fight scenes. I will say it was better than Constantine and I liked it possibly more than Arrow‘s last season. Still doesn’t have anything on The Flash or Daredevil though.

Daredevil

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Daredevil is the only one of these shows I’ve had the chance to see twice, and had I been blogging about the show after my first viewing I would have probably been singing its praises and would have said that it was the best show. However my love for the show has taken a knock since watching it the second time round. That is not to say that show’s bad now, far from it. Daredevil is still one of the most intriguing, different and violent shows I’ve seen in the comic genre and it’s brilliant. What you have to appreciate about this show is the crime drama setting, the great cast of characters, choreography of the action sequences and darker tone within the MCU. The main performances from Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio are great (especially with D’Onofrio who has humanised one of the best Marvel villains and given him a new interpretation with this show). The show isn’t perfect though, it does waste some of its good characters, and some of the stories leading up to the finale aren’t as impressive as what’s come before which does affect the quality of the show which before episode 10 in my opinion is near perfection.

As for how it comes compares to the other shows on this list I would say it’s just behind The Flash as the best of the bunch. The show makes a few missteps and has some inconsistencies that just make it a little less great than it should be.

So that’s my thoughts, thanks for reading. Be sure to comment below and let me know if you think my opinions are correct or not, and if you have your own opinions about the shows above, write them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2015 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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A Quick Look Back At Agent Carter Season 1

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, how’s it going with y’all? As you can see I’ve not really wrote that much in recent times because I’m taking things easy around here. With that in mind I thought since Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back in action, I thought it’d be nice to have a quick look back at Agent Carter and do a recap/review of sorts just to give you my impressions on the show as a whole. I’ll try to be brief I promise haha. 😛

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The series features focuses on Peggy Carter, a former field agent who is now relegated to doing administrative work for the Strategic Scientific Reserve (S.S.R), however when Howard Stark’s inventions get stolen and he’s labelled an enemy of the USA, he turns to Peggy to help clear his name. So the series follows Peggy as she goes on secret missions for Howard while trying to navigate life as a single woman in 1940s America.

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In a nutshell the story for this season was pretty good. Now I have to say after the two-part premiere of this series I did feel like the momentum slowed down and wasn’t as interesting, and while episodes were decent, they weren’t overly engaging for me and didn’t have that ‘wow’ factor that makes shows must watch TV. However after episode five things really started to pick up and by the finale I was left wanting more. The thing about Agent Carter is that there are a lot of similarities to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. like:

  • Both shows were born from a single character (Peggy Carter here and Phil Coulson for AoS)
  • Both shows were coming off of pretty big films in the MCU (Captain America 1 & 2 for AC and The Avengers for AoS)
  • Both shows started out kind of slow and decided to do a lot of set up and build foundations so that the pay-off at the end of the season was worth the wait
  • Both shows had connections to the MCU films and dug deeper into the comic book source material

Besides what I’ve displayed above, I believe that’s where the connections stop. While this show and AoS had a slow start and had a lot of set up which resulted in some dull or uninteresting episodes that had nothing to do with the main plot. Thankfully AC had an 8-episode season, which meant the story had to be told fairly quickly and that was good decision. Even though I would like to have had more episodes, all of the 8 episodes felt relevant and didn’t deviate from the main plot. There was good deal of mystery, action, spy-based stuff and drama too. What I appreciated about AC is that the danger was always present, there was always something new to learn and that there was a focus on not only Peggy, but her connections with others whether they be allies or villains. Plus the nods to the comics and other MCU films and characters was very welcome especially when it comes to the Black Widow program.

When it comes to the cast, they were really good and what appreciated was the fact that there is some character building for new people, while already established members of the MCU got more depth to them. Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter was brilliant, she continues to show why she is one of the best women of the MCU with a strong will, a good heart and a badass set of combat skills. She can be witty and uncompromising, but also melancholy and remorseful, she is just the perfect person you’d want on your team and you want to see her succeed through her endeavours because she’s such a great woman. Then there’s James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis, as I’ve said before this man is awesome. He’s the butler of Howard Stark and tends to Stark’s every need, besides that he is full of secrets and skills that we discover of the course of the show which makes him pretty interesting to watch. He assists Peggy’s assistant in her mission to help Howard and he is just as witty as Peggy, however he can be a bit careless and not quite as sharp. Carter and Jarvis have some great chemistry whether it is moments of humour or moments of drama.

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Shea Whigham is pretty good as Roger Dooley, at first his character came across as another typical mean-spirited boss with no personality, but eventually he does develop and become someone pretty interesting. Enver Gjokaj as Daniel Sousa was nice, he was probably the nicest of the males working at the S.S.R., however he was still a bit bland at first and it wasn’t until the latter part of the season when I got to like him.Chad Michael Murray as Jack Thompson is another character I didn’t care about at first because his initial impressions were less than welcoming, however he too was a character who I grew to respect because we got to learn about his backstory and saw him interact with Peggy a lot too. Dominic Cooper again does a really good job as Howard Stark, continuously Cooper’s performance really mirrors that of Robert Downey Jr. as Howard continually shows more and more parrells to Tony, showcasing where most of Tony’s best and worst attributes stem from in the first place. Also Bridget Regan as Dottie Underwood, what a lady! She was a great antagonist for the series and he double act was really fun to watch, though what was even more impressive was Dottie’s backstory and her demeanour when in attack mode, she was cold, vicious and aggressive. And finally Ralph Brown did a goo job as Johann Fennhoff while Lyndsy Fonseca was really fun and charismatic as Angie Martinelli.

As for the presentation it is pretty good. The visual style is nice and the cinematography is good, but the best thing is about the show is the action. The action sequences are well-shot and wonderfully choreographed especially when Peggy and/or Dottie are involved.

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In conclusion Agent Carter‘s first season was pretty good. It was off to a rocky start in the early episodes, however, once we got around half way in, things got a little more interesting and some of the early set up really started to pay off with the revelations in the later episodes. The short number of episodes are good, the performance from Hayley Atwell and the rest of the cast were great and the action was very nicely done. I do hope this series gets a second season, it would be a shame for these stories to end so soon.

Rating: 8/10

So did you see the first season of Agent Carter and if so what did you think? Do you think it lived up to expectations or not and if there is a second season what would you like to see? 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 March 10, 2015 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Agent Carter Episode 1 & 2 Quick Review

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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ABC Renews Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Orders Agent Carter!

Goody day to you ladies and gentlemen, time for a bit of TV news and today just as I came into uni I found the most delightful news online. The following information comes from superherohype:

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Good news today for Marvel fans as ABC has revealed that the network has renewed “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” for a second season and also ordered the Captain America spin-off “Agent Carter” to series! Starring Hayley Atwell, the drama is based on the One-Shot featured on the Iron Man 3 home release and is described as follows:

It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life – Steve Rogers.

All I can say is YES! YES, YES, YES! Finally the prayers of all us fans have been answered. Now I can see a lot of people just saying “So what?” or “I don’t care.” But for me and many other loyal fans this news is just good stuff. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has gotten really good in the last few weeks and honestly they are setting up for some proper interesting stuff in the future and I’m glad that this isn’t where the show is gonna end because there is so much potential. As for Agent Carter, it has been rumoured and talked about for the longest time, but nothing solid in the news department has given us a confirmation that it was happening… Until now. While I’m not sure how interesting or engaging the show will be considering the time period and characters, however if its anything like the Agent Carter Marvel One-Shot, then there will be a good series for fans to watch as long as the tone and action is done right.

So what do you think of this news? Be sure to leave your comments below. Later on for now.

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Media, Television

 

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