Agent Carter review: ‘Time & Tide’

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Bless my fangirling heart, but I’ve fallen hard for Agent Carter. The mini-series’ third episode, which aired Tuesday, January 13th, continued on the stellar trajectory it began on with the two-hour premier; they’re raising the stakes and making it clear that Agent Carter is not here to be a predictable episodic Scooby-Doo mystery to find a new Stark weapon every week.

It’s difficult not to get a little moon-eyed over Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter, but I will admit to having been a bit concerned over what her characterization would be in the series. Thankfully, Peggy is being written as a multifaceted and complex character, as the lead of any series should be. This third episode expanded on how Peggy yearns for female friendship in a profoundly male dominated field. It’s a refreshingly realistic depiction; though Peggy’s intentions in pushing Angie away are good, it’s still hurtful to them both and there is only so much Angie will take before abandoning her efforts. It remains clear that Peggy is a somewhat lonely woman, but that much of her isolation is self-imposed either out of a concern for others or some desire to harden herself; she tells herself that she cannot rely on the help of others, so she won’t bother asking. Any attempt for her to prove herself and earn respect has only been used to chide her and tear her down. And it’s important to remember that she’s still grieving not only Steve Rogers but the sense of direction and purpose the war gave her. Like many woman who were asked to step up to support the war effort, Peggy finds herself being told by her society to surrender any freedom or independence she may have felt in her new role. It’s clear that this current SSR sees her only as an agent in name, no matter her aptitude, due to her gender.

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As compelling as Peggy will hopefully remain, the show is just as driven by the charm of the supporting cast. The glimpses of Edwin Jarvis’ military past show that he may enjoy his calm domestic life just as much as he does the bite of adrenaline that accompanies his dealings with Peggy. However, the arrival of Bridget Regan’s Dottie Underwood set off the twist alarms in my brain, so I’m certain she’s not as much of a sweet, simple Ohio girl as she may appear. Only time will tell whether she’s friend or foe.

What also remains to be seen is what exactly the organization Leviathan will be in this Marvel universe, especially considering how little is known about Leviathan in the Marvel comics. Strong ties to Hydra appear to be remaining, but their goals are unclear. Hopefully there will be more to it than a simple desire to rule the world and other tropes that are often accompanied with a chorus of evil laughter.

It’s really too bad that such a thus far fantastic show is turning in lower than expected ratings. Though the current run is only slated to have eight 45-minute episodes, it’s not beyond reason that the series may be brought back for a second season if it performs well. I can’t say I’ve heard anything negative said by anyone who’s actually tuned into the show, beyond comments about non-existent racial diversity in the cast thus far.

So long as the show continues on its current trajectory, I’ll be certain to keep tuning in every week. Doesn’t hurt that I want to steal every one of Peggy’s outfits either.

Agent Carter airs at 8pm on Tuesdays on ABC.

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Genevieve LeBlanc is a contributing writer for NerdReactor.com and lives in snowy Canada.