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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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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