Legion contributor Christina Janke is recapping and reviewing Agent Carter for us this season. Follow her on Twitter @IntrotoGeek!

Marvel geeks! The night we’ve all be waiting for has finally come, the two-hour season premiere of Agent Carter! Right off the bat, the show hits the ground running with an emotionally charged, action-packed highlight reel of what makes Agent Peggy Carter such a fascinating character to begin with. We see a quick succession of clips from the first Captain America movie plus a couple fight scenes from the Agent Carter One-Shot.

The first episode opens with a still melancholy Agent Carter, the year following the flashbacks seen inAgents of SHIELD. Not only does she still mourn over Captain America’s demise, now she has to deal with her male SSR peers who all treat her like a glorified secretary. Seriously, the male chauvinism is palpable even through my TV. Her one ally in the workplace is Agent Daniel Sousa (Enver Gjokaj), but even he isn’t much help.

Stark approaches Carter under the cover of darkness and asks to help clear his name. The government and the SSR think Stark is guilty of profiteering and treason. In reality, Stark’s deadliest weapons were stolen and are turning up in the wrong hands. While Stark travels abroad to find some of them, he tasks Peggy to start searching for the ones still in the city. This one happens to be the type of bomb has the potential to clear five city blocks in one concussive blast followed by a swift implosion to tidy up the mess. As far as Stark knows, it’s only a handwritten formula at the moment; however, anyone smart enough can easily make the concept a reality. Helping Peggy in this endeavor is Stark’s butler, Jarvis. To succeed, she must stay one step ahead of her SSR comrades or else she’ll be branded as a traitor as well.

The first of many outings to find the elusive plans leads Carter to a club where the proprietor is getting ready to sell them off. She overhears her colleagues mention that a blonde dame would have an easier time getting a face-to-face meeting with him. Agent Carter does just that.


She uses her feminine wiles to get close enough to the potential arms dealer. Asks him a few direct questions, and knocks him unconscious with a dosed kiss. Carter weaves almost seamlessly in and out of the blonde bombshell trope. She seduces some men to detract attention away from her unwitting colleagues while knocking another around with a stapler. Use what you got, right? Carter doesn’t find the formula to make the bomb, however. Instead she found the bomb itself. She quickly slips out of the club, just barely catching the attention of one lethal buyer, and rushes to her apartment to diffuse it.

Her efforts, while successful in the first leg of her mission, manage to get her roommate killed by an assassin (the buyer from earlier). Poor Colleen.

Inspecting the bomb’s compound more closely, Carter finds that there’s a level of Vita Rays mixed in. This rings a bell for Carter because it’s what was used to create Captain America. That means they can track wherever the other bombs are being made/hidden.

The trail eventually leads Carter to a mill outside of town. There she comes across two guys making the bombs, of which there are hundreds already made. She takes out one of them with a Men in Black-type neurolizer (but without the memory loss) but loses the other as well as the rest of bombs. Before that, the second guy cracks the glass casing of one of the bombs. The volatile compound destabilizes and they have mere minutes to get out of the blast radius. Carter and Jarvis, who kept the car running outside, barely made it out the explosion. The car’s rear bumper was their only casualty.


When Carter finally tracks down the perp, she’s left with asking more questions: Who was he working for? Who or what is Leviathan?

Agent Peggy Carter knows how to pull her weight around, not an easy job to accomplish when your a female secret agent in a man’s world whose occupants don’t miss a beat when it comes belittling her with mindless errands. Plus, she has to make it look like she’s adhering to everyday life expected of a young woman in the mid-1940s. Double life? That’s a cake walk through Baby Town Frolics. Call back when you’re pulling a triple like Agent Carter.

Can we talk about the gadgets for a minute? Agent Carter on her own comes equipped with a safe-cracking watch, knock-out lipstick, a picklock disguised as a brooch, a flash bang pen, and gloves that allow her to climb an electric fence. And that’s just her stuff! The bad guys have some sort of tele-communicator in which both sides can talk to each other through a typewriter. What sort of pre-age Fringe sorcery is this and where do I sign up?

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Another nice touch (aside from all the bold yet soft colors of the 1940s) was the story within the story — the “Captain America Adventure Program” radio shows. It pops up throughout the two episodes as a direct foil to Agent Carter’s character. The program itself casts her as Captain America’s damsel in distress in every episode who is always getting kidnapped by Nazis. Meanwhile, the really Peggy is brawling with the bad guys and taking the hero’s pose.

Agent Carter pulls out all the stops in this two-hour premiere. It is everything we wanted to see from Agents of SHIELD from the very beginning — a pulpy spy thriller with ample amounts of action. In fact, Agent Carter can best be described as SHIELD’s spunky little sister. Hayley Atwell’s character nicely balances her character’s femininity and wit with the strength and resolve needed to navigate through the boy’s club that is the SSR. When the situation calls for it, Agent Carter can be flippant, strong-willed, or sensitive. She is quickly jumping to the forefront of the feminist hero we’ve longed to see. Plus, she has all the best lines.

Our one lament is that Agent Carter is only eight episodes long.

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