Season Wrap Up: Agent Carter Season Two

peggy and jarvis in the desertI’m going to be honest, after the ousting and takeover at ABC and the slew of renewals that were announced last week – not to mention the far from fantastic ratings – I’m pretty nervous for the fate of Agent Carter. Until I know if it’s been renewed or (gulp!) canceled, I’m going to be anxiously scanning the headlines every time I visit a site like TVLine or Entertainment Weekly. It’s never going to be a hit, but it’s an enjoyable little placeholder during the winter hiatuses of ABC’s bigger shows. I hope it sticks around.

so enjoyed the first season that I was a little worried they wouldn’t be able to recreate the excitement as well as tell a fresh story (isn’t that always the worry for a second season?), but I was not disappointed. There were some bumps along the way for sure, but ultimately I quite enjoyed the ride.

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That’s How We Laugh the Day Away: Emerald City Comic Con 2015

ecccI spent the weekend with my two sisters and thousands of other nerds at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle. And, though I was slightly wary as I am not in any way a comic book person, I had a great time.

I sat through the Marvel panel and the DC panel and the Bitch Planet panel (that was called something else but I can’t remember – it was about ladies in comics and it really just turned into a celebration of ladies doing cool stuff and was a real highlight of the weekend) even though, like I just said, I’m not a comics person. I feel bad about that sometimes, so I feel I should clarify that it’s not that I look down on comics as a lesser medium. That’s not it at all. I can appreciate just how fantastic the art and the storytelling is, it’s just not a medium that speaks to me. Something about that much art on the page instead of words leaves me disconnected and unfocused. And when it comes to the two major players – I like the stories and the characters, sometimes love the tv shows or the movies that have spawned from them, but I have trouble with following those stories in comic book form. All the reboots and ret-cons and changing histories and bringing characters back from the dead and the alternate universes – all of that makes me crazy. I think I just said this in my last post about The Flash and the introduction of time travel onto the show – I am a linear person.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ladies Night

This past Sunday was International Women’s Day (and also, my birthday which is almost as important). So for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, we’re going to celebrate women. I realize that there’s absolutely no way to make a comprehensive list of awesome women and awesome female moments and relationships with just ten measly entries, so take this list as a jumping off point. This is a mere smattering of great characters and great shows, but it’s ten moments that have stuck with me: ten moments of women standing up for themselves, of women supporting other women, of women fighting for their families, and of women loving themselves. Enjoy the clips.

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Agent Carter: Black Widow Baby

So, who here is excited about tomorrow night’s Dottieshowdown between one Ms. Peggy Carter, SSR Agent, and Black Widow Dottie Underwood?

Let me just go ahead and answer my own question. I am.

I have enjoyed Agent Carter from the get go; I found it smart, funny, exciting, and sometimes truly heartfelt. I applaud the sharp feminist slant, how the show doesn’t shy away from a wide array of misogyny. It’s not simply shown in grotesque, caricatures of monstrous men – such as the auto-mat patron who harasses Angie – that anyone could pick up on. It’s not simply her boss, Chief Dooley, or one or two sexist Agents, like Thompson or Krzeminski. No, it’s also Howard Stark the womanizer. It’s Agent Sousa who idolizes Peggy yet can then so easily despise her when he thinks she’s betrayed them. And it’s even Mrs. Fry, the woman who runs the hotel for ladies: ladies who only work until they find themselves a husband, ladies who are given a curfew and community meals, and ladies who must preserve their modesty and dignity with no men allowed above the first floor. Sexism and misogyny (and, to make an analogy, racism, able-ism, homophobia, etc.) are not traits unique to monsters.

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