Week of May 22, 2022:

Now Is Not the End (Agent Carter s1 e1) released January 6, 2015 (where to watch)
Bridge and Tunnel (Agent Carter s1 e2) released January 6, 2015
Time and Tide (Agent Carter s1 e3) released January 13, 2015
Erik Bates | June 5, 2022

Now Is Not the End

My attention span sometimes lapses while watching a show, so. I find myself saying, "How did they know to go to that warehouse?"

That being said, how did Agent Carter know to go to that warehouse? Was it the vitaray detector that just happened to be a thing in Captain America's file box, because of course that's what you would keep in there?

I thought this was a decent start to a new series. I like Agent Carter as a character. The clever play between her and Jarvis was fun, and something that I hope can continue.

I'm somehow more interested in this plotline than I am with AOS. I think the lack of superheroes in this time frame makes everything feel more believable, as I don't find myself asking, "Why isn't Superhero X here to help with this? He's right down the street!"

Tony Stark feels more of a Macguffin delivery device at this point, but I hope that he'll have some actual plot soon.

Erik Bates | June 5, 2022
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Erik Bates | June 5, 2022

Time and Tide

One thing I'll say for Agent Carter that differs from AOS: There's plenty of fighting in AOS, for sure, but Carter has a lot of executions. More than AOS, I feel that Carter is a cause for the additional permissions we had to agree to in order to "unlock" the additional Marvel titles on Disney +.

The one caveat to my previous statement on misogyny is that it does come in useful when Peggy can use it to her advantage. Playing into the chief's expectation of her just being some dumb girl dumped into his office worked quite well to her favor when helping Jarvis escape a tricky situation.

It doesn't mean that I don't still hope the trope wears off soon. I was just glad to see it be more than a passive, "Hey toots. File these papers and bring me some fresh coffee."

So they didn't plug up the hole in the vault? Seems that would be something that would be taken care of just out of a general concern for ongoing basic security.

P.S. I don't trust Dottie.

P.P.S. Watching the recap at the beginning of The Blitzkrieg Button, I'm getting J. Jonah Jameson vibes from the Chief. I get his his emotional reaction to losing an agent, but did they not just confirm that it wasn't Stark behind this whole thing? Is he blaming Stark for inventing things? Unless they resolve it properly, I'm not on board with his logic.

Scott Hardie | June 12, 2022

Now is Not the End: Not a bad premiere, but it feels quite a bit like a rehash of the short film that inspired it, so I look forward to seeing the series (hopefully) grow from this point. The spy scenes are definitely the most interesting stuff here, culminating in the creepiness of the mute bombmaker's cryptic warnings. Jarvis's dedication to his duties as husband and butler taking precedence are a funny bit of comic relief. Kevin Heffernan plays obnoxious jerks so well that he single-handedly turned me off from the Broken Lizard films, so seeing Carter put the fear of death in him with a mere fork was a treat. The sexism material is frustrating, but of course that's the point. I'm a sucker for the music, fashion, and design of this time period, so even if the show produces some bad episodes, I should enjoy its surface details at least. (7/10)

Erik: I took it that Carter knew to go into that specific warehouse from the presence of guards outside, which she remarked to Jarvis was unusual compared to the other buildings.

Bridge and Tunnel: Another good episode, and a promising sign that this is going to be a fun series. I appreciated the directorial flourishes, like the long overhead pan as the assassin walked away from the first murder scene, and the contrasting of "Carver's" helplessness in the radio program with Carter actually taking down a criminal. Carter staying one step ahead of her colleagues could wear thin, but I expect that to evolve as the men develop distinct personalities; I predict that Sousa has already started covering for Carter (ie. destroying a good photo of her as "the blonde") and that Thompson will recognize her brilliance at a critical turning point in the plot and work with her. I've heard for years of "Cartinelli" fans shipping Carter with Angie the waitress and now that I finally see the series, damn, yeah, I'm picking up on the strong chemistry between them. The only gripe I have is Jarvis aggressively prodding Carter to trust him more while treating her injured knee; it seemed out of character for him to say that, like the writers taking a clumsy narrative shortcut in their relationship. And I must admit confusion: Even if Carter's war-time experiences don't earn her any respect at the office, shouldn't they have made her a minor celebrity elsewhere? She's being fictionalized in a radio show; people should be asking her for stories or autographs. (8/10)

Time and Tide: I continue to enjoy this well-written series, which has so much more wit and self-awareness than AOS. I suspect that the limited episode count forced it to be more economical. Peggy damaging her career to rescue Jarvis from interrogation seemed unnecessary (I'm sure that he could have talked his way out of the room himself), but it led to a touching backstory for Jarvis's character that was a standout scene for James D'Arcy. The discovery of the weapons cache and Chekov's Constrictor, and the ensuing fight scene, were fun. The doomed Ray Krzeminski's exit from the series (R.I.P. Teddy) was a good jolt to keep the tension raised, and I liked the use of "Someone to Watch Over Me" in the automat scene afterwards. There are a few little details that bug me, such as the vault being untouched by both Stark and the SSR (as Erik mentioned), and Jarvis suddenly being terrible at an American accent on the phone after doing such a good job of questioning Peggy in the voice of her supervisor. But on the whole, this show is turning out to be every bit as good as its reputation. Count me among the viewers and critics frustrated that enough people didn't watch it for it to last. (8/10)

Carter said in the series recap that Steve Rogers "was the love of my life." That's hard to believe given that they barely flirted and only kissed once; it feels a bit too fairy-tale even in this science-fiction setting. Given how important it was to many subsequent productions that Carter and Rogers were utterly devoted to one another, do you think Marvel would go back and strengthen their connection in The First Avenger if they could?

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