It was much to the disappointment of the small but dedicated band of Agent Carter fans that the series was cancelled by ABC earlier this year. For two seasons, the 1940s-set adventures of SSR Agent Peggy Carter as she saved the world despite the chauvinistic attitudes of her superiors and co-workers gave many Marvel fans the female hero they wanted and needed, and for a time, it was good, but not good enough it seems. Well, for all those missing Agent Carter it will do your heart good to know that Agent Carter herself will be back in the very near future, and while you won’t be able to see Hayley Atwell in the role, you’ll at least be able to hear her. (more…)
It was sad news for a small, but very dedicated group of fans this past spring when ABC announced that it was cancelling Agent Carter. Peggy Carter may not have had super-powers, or was a particularly well-known character of the Marvel Universe prior to her appearance in Captain America: The First Avenger, but Hayley Atwell won everyone over by playing the strong, smart and spunky heroine who won the heart of Captain America,while still being a proven and accomplished government agent. But if you thought that the season two finale of Agent Carter was going to be the end, Atwell herself says think again. (more…)
The Marvel Cinematic Universe, the all-devouring, inescapable pop-culture force that it has become, hasn’t had as easy a time on television as it has in film. Sure, the Netflix entries (Daredevil, Jessica Jones) have done remarkably well, and the trend is looking to continue with Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the small scale Avengers-ish mashup The Defenders; however, Netflix is not traditional format television, and part of the reason of the aforementioned programs’ success is their “R-rated” appeal. The ABC network, de facto home of everything Disney (Marvel included) on your TVs, hasn’t had as much success. (more…)
Thanks to the streaming service Netflix, some show are able to get a second life. Not bound to commercial advertising, the streaming subscription service has the freedom and flexibility to produce content as they see fit. Based on their users’ ratings and recommendations, the show crafts the Original Programming to suit their wants and needs without the need to please advertisers. As a result, some shows that were canceled get a second chance. Netflix was able to bring shows like Arrested Development, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Killing, Trailer Park Boys, Longmore, Fuller House (Full House), and Gilmore Girls back for additional seasons. As a result, whenever a show with a strong fan base is cancelled, the first thing they want is for Netflix to bring it back. ABC canceled Marvel’s Agent Carter after its second season due to declining ratings. The semi spin-off of Captain America: The First Avenger and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. followed agent Peggy Carter as went on her secret agent adventures in the 1940s was a critical hit, but in the second season did not garner the rating needs for the show to remain on the air.
Fans of ABC’s Marvel series Agent Carter are not happy with the network’s decision to not pursue a third season for the show. One fan went as far as to launch a petition with the aim of getting Agent Carter picked up as a Netflix series. The petition was only launched a few days ago, but already has over 50,000 signatures under its belt. Over on Twitter, Bridget Regan (who plays Dottie Underwood on Agent Carter), and G. Willow Wilson (who currently writes Ms. Marvel for Marvel Comics) have seen the petition, and both ladies gave it a re-tweet! (more…)
ABC Television has been home for Marvel on the small screen. So far they have Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter. Both shows serve as a great counterpart for the Marvel films. After most major Marvel films, there is a crossover episode which deals with the aftermath of the events of the film. Such films they have incorporated have been Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and most recently Captain America: Civil War. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been a hit since it premiered. This gave Marvel some leeway to branch out and in other areas. The next show they decided to tackle was Agent Carter. This show centered on Agent Peggy Carter of the SSR (before S.H.I.E.L.D.). The show has been great for Easter Eggs for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With both shows having some critical success, this gave Marvel the opportunity to branch out even further. Marvel had planned for a spinoff show from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. focusing on ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter as they go on their own adventures titled Marvel’s Most Wanted. Marvel also has a yet unnamed pilot as well.
Season 2 of Agent Carter has been an exciting roller coaster of character driven action and the season finale was no exception. After the last episode left fans on a pretty big cliffhanger, the beginning of the finale is somewhat anticlimactic, but the rest of the episode zips along, offering fulfilling character development and some of the best lines in the entire series. Oh, and Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) is back. The last episode of the season for one of the strongest shows on television right now definitely leaves fans wanting more.
Again this week Agent Carter delivered another double episode with “The Edge of Mystery” and “A Little Song and Dance.” There’s a lot of good stuff in these episodes. Following up with last week’s episodes, these episodes do a great job of balancing the gravity of recent events with some brilliant levity. These episodes also contain a visit from one of the most beloved characters from season 1 and lots and lots of fakeouts. Oh my, are there a lot of fakeouts! After a great ride, these episodes end with a cliffhanger right in the middle of the action.
Agent Carter is back! Ana is back! Dottie Underwood is back! Chief Thompson is back! After last week’s heist episode, this week’s double episode showcase leaps forward with the plot and character development for everyone involved. Characters that have been absent for a while are back and there are scenes between characters that seldom interact and every one of them are fantastic. There is also a character or two who meets the end of their run and by the end of the episodes pretty much every single protagonist is in terrible, terrible shape. What a great couple of episodes!
If last week’s episode of Agent Carter was a bit lacking on action and forward momentum, this week’s episode more than made up for it. Borrowing some of the tropes and essentially functioning as a heist story (which worked out really well for Ant-Man recently), “The Atomic Job” packs plenty of punch and Carter‘s signature blend of light-hearted espionage. The episode also provides plenty of serious moments and character development as both Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell) and her nemesis Whitney Frost (Wynn Everett) strategically move pieces to gain the upper hand, which ultimately leads to a showdown between the two by the end of the episode.