Wednesday, December 17, 2014

'Agent Carter' TV series preview

Poster image courtesy of the "Agent Carter"
Facebook page.
By far, the highlight of the still mediocre "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was the opening sequence this season. That's when Peggy Carter and the Howlin' Commandoes found some alien technology while taking down a Hydra base during World War II.

Oh — and there were two others: When Hayley Atwell's Carter made a cameo in an interrogation scene in a 1940s flashback. Of course, I really dug the lengthy preview clip for the upcoming "Agent Carter," which featured Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) and Edwin Jarvis (the man whose last name inspired the name of Tony Stark's computer voice in the "Iron Man" film trilogy and is the name of the dedicated butler to the comic-book Avengers).

So needless to say, I'm pumped to watch the gorgeous Atwell don that killer red hat and take down some baddies on "Agent Carter," which has a two-hour premiere at 8 p.m. EST Jan. 6 on ABC. (Check back here in January for a review of the first episode!)

Even though "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" has shown some promise from time to time, it's largely been uneven and hasn't really reached its geek potential. Basically, the storyline in each season has gotten bogged down and at times, feels as if it's treading water with the potential of a Big Reveal or Payoff that never happens.

Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark in "Captain America:
The First Avenger"
I can only hope the writers don't do the same thing on "Agent Carter." Since it's only lasting eight episodes, it should be have more focus. (More on that in a bit -- and for a review of a collection of some CAPTAIN AMERICA comics starring Carter, check back here soon!)

It's fun seeing Atwell and Cooper reunited in the preview clip. I'm sure I'm not the only fan who enjoyed Howard Stark inserting Jarvis (James D'Arcy) into Carter's life; it should be great fun seeing Carter and Jarvis verbally spar and get acquainted.

Sadly, the Internet Movie Database indicates Cooper's Stark is only in one episode of "Agent Carter." That's unfortunate from a storytelling point of view and since Atwell and Cooper have such nice onscreen chemistry in "Captain America: The First Avenger."

Admittedly, it makes sense for Stark to only be in one episode since he takes off in a boat at the end of the preview clip.

But aren't the "Agent Carter" writers missing out? Stark could invent more gadgets and develop some technology for what will become S.H.I.E.L.D. as the government tracks down Hydra. Also, he could be a reassuring shoulder and friend for Carter as she deals with her feelings for Steve Rogers, who is assumed to have been killed in action.

Since "Agent Carter" is set post-"First Avenger," one of the subplots should be Carter pining away for Rogers, mourning Rogers' death -- or at least wondering what could have been. But that shouldn't be the focus.

More importantly, I can't wait to see Carter being instrumental in what is the S.H.I.E.L.D. pre-cursor. Hopefully that means there may be plotlines started in "Agent Carter" that will pay off (finally!) in the last half of this season of "Agents."

And don't forget there's plenty of potential for some unexpectedly fun moments of female empowerment as Carter does "man's work" in a tough "man's world" -- especially as she kicks plenty of a**.

You go, girl!

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