review

Keep calm and call Agent Carter!

Finally Agent Carter miniseries came to a season finally, and I must say that I was pretty satisfied! Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is returning next week, and I wish it could be as good as Agent Carter..

Keep calm and Agent Carter

Snatched this photo from deviantart, keep calm and call Agent Carter!

Edit:

I realized that there is still a continuity problem between the finale and the Marvel One Shot: Agent Carter. Now, how would they make that work, I wonder…

Marvel’s Agent Carter

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.

Forrest Gump

The movie has been around for a very long time, but finally I got to watch it. And also get to know why so many people thinks the movie is inspirational. Despite having low IQ, Forrest Gump never think of himself as disadvantaged, and he just do what he want to do with all his heart. And he succeeded. These days people complain so much and rarely get anything starting. They keep missing the Forrest for the tree, and they need to watch this movie. Pun intended.

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One of my favorite scene is when Forrest runs across America. “I just felt like running” he says. That makes me want to run, like of course not now. And I need to get my lunch at Bubba Gump, too.

Nike Pegasus 31 Flash

Running is my sport. I started to run since I start working back in 2007. I started running using my boring black pair of Reeboks, and in 2010 I ventured into new pairs of Nikes. After a streak not-so-good luck with some Nikes, I finally settled with Nike Free Run 2. I run on those for 4+ years of over 300km, often use the shoes as my walk-around sneakers, and now it’s time for retirement.

Nike Free Run 2

The worn-out Nike Free Run 2

So I settled on the Nike Pegasus 31 Flash. I had my eyes on the Pegasus 30 back in 2013, but I felt the shoes was heavy, despite the plushy cushion. Last year, Nike introduced the Pegasus 31 and they have the flash version – basically it adds the water repellant and extra reflectivity feature. Perfect for the moody Jakarta weather currently. And the color for their flash version is much much better than the Pegasus 30 flash version – a big plus.

The new Nike Peggy

The new Nike Peggy

As with the other bored Jakartans, I have to name the shoes that I buy using my hard-earned savings.. I once decided to name it Agent Carter, as the cute name of Pegasus is Peggy and in order to honor the Agent Peggy Carter which happens to be the Captain America’s old flame… But then I think Peggy would be just fine.

Whoa, it glows!

Whoa, it glows!

I took it for a test run the next day. Many reviews say that this version of Pegasus is a different beast from its predecessors, and it turns to be the case. First, it is not as plushy as Pegasus 30. And second, it feels lighter. Both of the new feats make the shoes feel more responsive and fun to ride. But it boils down to your running preference, of course.

Water splashes? No problemo.

Water splashes? No problemo.

The drawback of the flash version is that the shoes have less breathability. The shoes warm up quicker, and during the cold morning run, you’ll feel like running on fire – I’m exaggerating of course. It’s pretty okay for shorter runs (5 km), but I’m yet to see whether it’s bearable for longer runs. The good side is that it repel water – perfect for rainy runs, and with the warm feeling that would heat up even the coldest of the feet when running in these, some people with lack of commitment may find the shoes fitting.

Peggy after catching her first dirt

Peggy after catching her first dirt

So far, my experience with the Peggy has been good. If you don’t need the flash feature but you want the new Peggy, Nike also has the volt/black version that’s currently on sale in some major Nike outlets in Jakarta. That one looks kinda electro-cute, but I’d choose the flash version anyway since the flash version enables you to make crazy fun photos using the reflective feature! And not to mention that it also makes you look cool when visiting the malls. Makes you look less mundane, indeed.

Update: the cushioning was stiff at first, but after 10km run, it softens. The sole also becomes more flexible, which makes the run more enjoyable. I figure that the shoes will get even better when they hit 20km.