How does a bored office worker entertain oneself after a long long hours of work? Playing games? Eat fancy food? Maybe do a run at the gym? Or watch the television? After wasting a stupid amount of time commuting from home to work, being a couch potato has its own merit, perhaps. Now there’s a new TV series in town: Marvel’s Agent Carter. And it was launched conveniently during the mid-season break of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. That seems to leave Marvel fans not much choice for TV shows, right?
A bit background: I can say that I’m a Marvel kind of guy, rather than a DC one. Despite the barrage of superheroes movies these days, I still find that they do a good job in entertaining the masses, while at the same time milking the franchise to the max. Now, you Marvel freaks might remember that there is a special footage on Iron Man 3’s DVD which happens to be a Marvel One Shot on Agent Carter! It basically tells you what happened to Peggy Carter one year after Captain America drove the Red Skull’s aircraft to the Antarctic: she become a bored data compiler at S.S.R. instead doing the field works she used to do back then. The short movie ended with her carrying a one-woman mission, kicked the bad guy’s ass and took off to establish the S.H.I.E.L.D.
The story, as you might have thought, should have ended there.. but apparently Marvel has something else in mind. They launched the TV series of ‘Agent Carter’ with the premise:
In 1946, Peggy Carter must balance the routine office work she does for the Strategic Scientific Reserve (S.S.R) while secretly assisting Howard Stark, who finds himself framed for supplying deadly weapons to the top bidder. Carter is assisted by Stark’s butler, Edwin Jarvis, to find those responsible and dispose of the weapons.
OK, that sounds promising.. but wait, what happened to the Marvel One Shot: Agent Carter?
If I watched the premier correctly, it appears that the TV series assumes that all the events in the One Shot didn’t happen. Well, that’s too bad, despite it commercially makes more sense. But how does the new TV series fare?
I have only watched the first two episodes, and I find that it was still kind of… slow. It is nice to see how the producers threw us back to the 1940s.. lots of jazz music, sexist workplace.. where Peggy Carter has to stood up to all of these, while at the same time helping Howard Stark clean his name (and seriously, what is Howard up to this time?), dealing with her grief over Captain America’s disappearance and her fear of dragging people close to her into danger.
Let’s see how this series goes. I hope it does not go into a tedium that plagued the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.