SHHHHHH YOU’RE RAISING MY BLOOD PRESSURE JFC
I SWEAR to GOD if they don’t continue this they’re going to get some not-so-subtle threats…something along the lines of KHAZAD AI MENU
It’s just an aboslutely BRILLIANT show, I can’t even SAY. I’m tempted to say it has it ALL, without falling into cheesy cliches.
For one, badass female protagonist for once isn’t overdone. It has the typical tropes - woman crying over man, having emotion/sympathy - that have been foils for our male heroes FOREVER. At the same time, it has the kickass, intelligent, spine-of-steel trope that occurs in the female heroines we have. For once, though, it’s not one or the other, and the way that they (especially Hayley Atwell) have managed to balance out those ideas to create a realistic, multi-dimensional character is incredible, and very, very rare (dare I say one-of-a-kind?). I would consider Tauriel on this level were it not for the unfortunate love triangle she is shoved into in The Hobbit.
The plot, it goes without saying, is amazing, tying nicely into the universe that Marvel Studios has already created (especially Dottie’s storyline, and of course, the appearance of Dr. Zola in the last scene). Original, too, and bringing in a key player, Howard Stark, which possibly gives us insight into Tony’s life. (I may have hopes for Howard’s death by the Winter Soldier in later seasons, should they air). The very real fear with spin-offs is that they will rely mostly on the success of other shows. Agent Carter didn’t (doesn’t) have that luxury, but even if it did, it wouldn’t need it.
It’s REAL. The problems of post-war America aren’t ignored or reduced to cheesy tropes. Peggy and other women deal with misogyny, and they use it to their advantage, but, once again, it isn’t overdone. They don’t make jokes out of it, or try to play it off as better than being seen as equal (recall Peggy saying “I conducted my own investigation because no one can see me, no one will listen to me”, etc.) Yes, she makes use of the best, but it is clear from the very beginning that she would rather have the SSR at her disposal rather than play the innocent secretary all the time.
On this tangent, the men around her are also real. Sousa treats her different because he suffers similar disregard, but overall she must prove herself to the men in the office. And the wonderful thing about Jack and Chief Dooley is that they begin to recognize her worth, but in no way, shape, or form are they excused for their previous behavior. Dooley’s death is disappointing because we know, given time, that he could have made Peggy an officially integral part of the team - it wouldn’t have excused his past actions, but it was, in my opinion, an unfortunate loss of potential for character development. Jack, of course, shows his own character development, particularly in the last episode, when he looks at Carter as he’s being congratulated by the Senator (he doesn’t say anything because, as he pointed out in 1x07, he knows no one will buy it). Point being, we’ve been given a start into new hope for Peggy, and if we get another season, and if the writers/actors do what they should do (which, given what I’ve seen, they should have no problem with), then that character development will appear and be given a life of its own.
The point is that this whole show is beautiful and BELIEVABLE and it doesn’t sacrifice one character trait or one plot line for the other. It’s good in ALL areas, whereas most shows usually sacrifice one thing in order to be better at others. I don’t know how they do it, and I cannot stand the thought of seeing such incredible talent, work, effort, ideas; ART be shut down because ratings weren’t high enough.
No matter what the verdict is, everyone involved in the making of this show should be tremendously proud of their creation