By Alejandro Cardenas |Staff Writer|
Marvel’s “Agent Carter” is a witty, action-packed Captain America spin-off led by the clever and strong-willed Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) from the “Captain America” series.
The show’s plot revolves around the accusations facing Iron Man’s father, Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), who is believed to have sold weapon technology to the wrong hands .
Stark contacts Agent Carter, who works for the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR), in hope that she can clear his name and help him find out what happened to his weapons.
The series begins where “Captain America: The First Avenger” left off, showing Captain America sacrificing himself in the Arctic as he says goodbye to his love interest, Carter.
After Captain America’s disappearance, the undervalued Peggy has been trying to reintegrate into the man-controlled work environment that has been forming since World War II, as millions of soldiers return from deployment and take the jobs from American women.
I was hoping the show’s supporting character would be Cooper because he manages to present the entertaining persona Robert Downey Jr. gives Tony Stark.
The show went in a different direction and made Edwin Jarvis (James D’ Arcy) Peggy’s sidekick. Fans of the Marvel Universe will recognize Jarvis as the eventual personality for Tony Stark’s Artificial Intelligence companion.
However, Peggy and Jarvis’ partnership managed to win me over as the two forged a chemistry which brought a quality comedic element to the series.
Edwin and Peggy’s forced relationship results in exchanges of witty banter that give this show the cheesy good-feeling laughs we have grown to expect from the Marvel franchise.
Another major character in the series is SSR agent Jack Thomason (Chad Michael Murray), who plays the chauvinistic counterpart to Carter’s strong female characteristics.
The two are constantly butting heads and their interactions present many of the held stereotypes of the era.
Enver Gjokaj, who plays SSR Agent Daniel Sousa, a war veteran who has taken a liking to Peggy and presents a potential love story in the series.
The show’s great writing is evident through the dialogue as it manages to remain witty and clever throughout each episode.
The show’s constant references towards the time period kept me feeling like I was learning something and the references to the Marvel Universe will make the most hardcore comic book fans squeal in excitement.
“Agent Carter” is the replacement for “Agents of Shield” but I’ve found “Agent Carter” to be a much better series thanks to its writing, characters and a “noir-esque” environment.
So far, this mini-series has struggled in ratings.
Sadly, after eight episodes, it will end but I would still recommend it to other CSUSB students.
It is an excellent program that can be enjoyed by the most hardcore Marvel Universe fans as well as those who have no clue who Tony Stark is.
The show airs on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. on ABC and past episodes can be viewed online at abc.go.com
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