Marvel’s Agent Carter 1×03 Review: “Time and Tide”
We are into episode three of Marvel’s Agent Carter, and though there has been a decline in viewership, I still think that it is a worthwhile property for Marvel and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). I am still not a fan of that long explanatory intro to the show, but hopefully it won’t last too much longer. In spite of that, Agent Carter is such a good show.
This week found Carter in search of yet more stolen Stark Tech. I truly hope the storyline will develop past the track and capture, as I really want Carter to come into her own and be the proper badass we saw in Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger and her cameo in this season’s premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Regardless, the bromance between her and Jarvis is probably my favourite part of the series so far (as well as the sets and clothing – straight out of the comics and amazing). Jarvis on his own is awesome; he is heartfelt (caring so much for his wife), a fighter (trying and failing to help Carter), and hilarious (“have a lovely evening”). If there could be another spinoff, I would definitely vote for The Adventures of Jarvis: Bodyman Extraordinaire!
In regard to her co-workers at the SSR, none of them have really won me over; not even Sousa, who is supposed to be the “nice guy” of the bunch. I know that there is meant to be rampant sexism, considering the 1940s era, but it’s still very annoying. We did see the departure of Krezminski, the stereotypical womaniser, after he was informed of Carter’s involvement with the capture of the missing items. In looking at his death within context, it fits. This is right on the heels of WWII, emotions are still raw, so yeah, despite the persona of Krezminski, that level of grieving was expected.
Since the MCU is such a fan of easter eggs, they properly pulled some of them out of the lost annals of comic book history. Jerome Zandow is another name ripped from the comic book pages, as he was a Nazi circus strongman who fought Captain America. There were a couple others, with nods to the Lucky Star cab company (which we saw in Captain America: The First Avenger) and the Constrictor, and with a re-watch or two (as well as my giant Marvel encyclopaedia), I could find more. Marvel is definitely stepping up it’s game for the hardcore comic fans, and it definitely makes me tear up with pride.
I really hope that Agent Carter keeps going beyond this season, and we see not only the change in the way she is perceived by others, but we also see the establishment of S.H.I.E.L.D., which we saw in the original one-shot. This is absolutely my favourite new show this season, and I will fight anyone who disagrees. Or I can just ask Carter to do it for me.
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3 thoughts on “Marvel’s Agent Carter 1×03 Review: “Time and Tide””
I’m hoping that the rampant sexism has a really big pay-off at the end. Watching Carter throw herself under the bus for Jarvis hurt me. It was difficult to watch her being yelled at for “incompetence” when she did it on purpose for noble reasons.
Jarvis is solid gold.
One of my friends brought up that aside from the sexism, the show has also managed to make a British = good, American = bad comparison. Peggy and Jarvis are both British, after all. Did that strike any of you? Do you make anything of it? My friend was annoyed, but I didn’t really notice until she pointed it out.
The rampant sexism has made this a hard show for me, as a woman, to watch. If there was a bit more levity or humor elsewhere in the show, it would be a bit easier to get into the show.
Jarvis could be a way to insert some humor but he can’t keep up with Peggy and both of them are playing the straight man… So that doesn’t work. The fight scenes would be a good source of levity but Carter’s fights are so brutal that it doesn’t really work as such. (I’d rather leave the fight scenes nasty anyway).
Maybe we’ll keep getting more “is that an automatic” shopping trips … Such over-the-top violence is pretty slapstick despite the fatality.
I feel you on the rampant sexism. But what I love is how Peggy deals with it. That makes up for the in your face sexism for me.
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