I’ll start off with a disclaimer: I did not like Agent Carter. I liked certain aspects of the show, sure, but overall I didn’t enjoy it for various reasons, one of which was definitely the lack of diversity. I, personally, would not rewatch the first season.
But I will watch the second season, and I will plead that you give it a chance, too.
Let me tell you why.
You and me? We were told to wait. We were told “it’ll get better” and “yeah, season 1 didn’t have much diversity, but maybe in season 2…” Well, we waited. And now season 2 is here. So give them this second chance. Don’t write this show off just yet. Watch the show, and before that, tell everyone what you want. Tell the important people what you want. Talk about it. Get your white friends talking about it. Start writing to the network now, start tweeting at the writers now.
Think about it, my fellow POC feminists. We could have a show about a female superhero, about Agent Peggy Carter, in a world of Batman, Superman, Flash, Green Arrow, Daredevil. We could have a show about a female superhero that is diverse and inclusive and that succeeds against the competition from all the white male superhero shows taking over network television right now.
We could have it all. It’s possible.
We need to follow through on this possibility.
Remember: if this show fails, the mainstream media won’t say that it was because of the lack of diversity. No matter what we think, no matter what we know, if this show gets canceled, all that the mainstream media, directors, producers, showrunners, fucking ‘meninists’, all over the world, all these people will hear is this:
Agent Carter failed because the world isn’t ready for a TV show about a female superhero.
If Agent Carter fails, god only knows when how much further back they’ll push the Black Widow movie, the Captain Marvel movie, the Wonder Woman movie, hell, anything portraying strong women, superhero women, women of color. If Agent Carter fails, it will hurt all of us, not just white feminists. It sucks that we have to bow down to this logic, that we only get all or nothing. But we deserve better. Never forget that we deserve better.
We deserve more than one Buffy Summers. We deserve Peggy Carter, too. We deserve Natasha Romanoff. We deserve Diana of Themyscira.
We deserve Kamala Khan.
WOC were never given anything we wanted. We’ve had to fight longer and harder every step of the way, and that’s not going to change, guys. We’re not going to be given this, either, unless we push for what we want.
Show them that we want Agent Carter, and maybe one day we’ll get Amanda Waller.