TV Review – “Agent Carter” (My final thoughts)

With the finale airing this past Tuesday, I thought I would give my thoughts on it, and the series as a whole. I am crossing my fingers and hoping that we will get a regular TV series soon, maybe to air during the breaks in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

A lot happened between episode 4 and the finale. Lots of crazy stuff was revealed about different character, battles were fought, Peggy went through some pretty terrible stuff, and by the time the credits rolled in the finale, I was truly sad to say goodbye to this incredible roller coaster ride of a series. Episode 5 was full of excitement as Peggy traveled with Jack to Russia, where they met up with the Howling Commandos. Episode 6 was a nail biter as Peggy ended up on the run, her mission to prove Howard Stark’s innocence unveiled. Episode 7 was full of me yelling at characters as Peggy tried her best to convince her friends that she was not a traitor. The episode included a horrible death that I was not expecting to have such an impact on me.

The finale was the kicker. Everything we had been seeing throughout the series came down to this episode. Peggy, now free since her friends have realized the truth, uncovers Leviathan’s plot alongside Jack and Daniel. Of course, Howard Stark shows up just in time, and is his usual jerkface self. Kidnappings, poisonous gas, unexpected feels, and an epic showdown between Peggy and Dottie are just a few of the things we encountered in this episode. We were treated to a strong dose of Captain America feels and tears by the end of the episode. And everything was wrapped up nicely with a bow on top… right? RIGHT?

Not right. Several loose ends were left, possible setting up for a season two? One of the baddies escapes (I honestly don’t understand how), and the other ends up in prison with a very familiar figure. After hearing the doctor talk to him about Peggy will never see him the way she saw Steve, Daniel finally gets up the nerve to ask Peggy out (*cheers and squealing*), only for her to turn him down because she has to meet Angie (*angry punching of couch and flinging phone across room*). However, when his back was turned, Peggy smiled in a way that tells me that she might just have a thing for Daniel herself.

But we did get some moments of closure. Jarvis made the decision to give Peggy the vial of Steve’s blood, believing that only she knew what to do with it. And in a tear inducing scene, after a year of mourning Steve, Peggy finally lets go, pouring the blood into the river and telling him goodbye. (Right in the feels MARVEL, right in the feels…)

So what did I dislike about this series? There was some cussing, which was probably my biggest overall problem. The violence could be a bit problematic for some people, though it’s really no worse than what you would see in any other MARVEL franchise. The one thing that I absolutely could not handle was a scene where Dottie puts on some of Peggy’s knockout lipstick, and uses it on Peggy. Yup. While I understood the purpose behind it, I think there were other ways for this to work.

But overall, Agent Carter has been a wonderful, action packed offering from MARVEL, who continues to reign as king of the Superhero franchise. And the best thing? Peggy, Daniel, Jack, Jarvis, and the other characters? They aren’t even superheroes! They are ordinary people, with regular gifts and fairly normal lives. They don’t  have super strength, hammers, or iron suits to help them along. Jack is a man with scars from his past, but with a gift of leadership. Daniel may have a crutch to walk, but he is of sharp mind, and is a good friend. Jarvis might be just a butler, but his heart and his caring spirit make him one of the best characters on the show. And Peggy might be “just a girl”, but she chooses to be who she is, regardless of what others say about her. I loved the scene where Jack was receiving all the credit for stopping Leviathan, and Daniel indignantly says that he is going to tell those people what really happened. Peggy just tells him that her value isn’t bound to what men think of her, or what people in general think. She knows who she is, and that’s enough. Peggy is an example of what we should all do. When haters get us down, when people tell us what we can’t do, we stand tall with our heads held high and say “Yes I can”, and then go and do exactly what they said we couldn’t.

Agent Carter is one of the best TV series I have ever seen. It blends history, mystery, action, comedy, and heart so well. I have personally sent an email to ABC, asking them to renew Agent Carter for a full season. Overall, I give Agent Carter 4 stars content wise, but 5 STARS overall. I highly recommend this for teens, especially girls, who will find a great role model in Peggy.


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