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Season one of Marvel’s Agent Carter swept onto our TV screens, and much like its title heroine, it delivered a knockout punch. Great acting, action, and activism – what’s not to love? I’m proud to say that Agent Carter continues its good work in season two. Peggy Carter is back on the scene, and we should all be grateful.
The show even – dare I say it? – tops itself, making this season better than its first. Want to know how? Keep reading to find out more!
Up the Ante
Leviathan was bad, sure, but this season, if Agent Carter can’t save the day, the whole world might just blow up. Dealing with atomic bombs and the mysterious zero matter (which has ties to the upcoming Doctor Strange), Peggy has her work cut out for her. To make matters worse, she may have earned Thompson and Sousa’s loyalty, but there are powerful men with ties to the SSR who definitely don’t want Agent Carter to succeed.
Season one’s Dottie Underwood returns to square off against Peggy, but since she was in New York for most of the season, she hasn’t had a lot to do. Instead, Agent Carter has been focusing its attention on Whitney Frost, a version of the comics character Madame Masque. Frost is a scientific genius who becomes infected with zero matter. The show makes a point to compare her story to Peggy’s, noting it was men that taught Whitney she would have to lie and manipulate in order to get what she wanted.
Dealing with Racism
One of the major criticisms of the first season of Agent Carter was that it painted a very white picture of New York City. Hayley Atwell herself promised fans that the new season would do better, and in its second season, the show has tackled the issue of racism. New character Jason Wilkes is a black scientist, who had to deal with companies not wanting to hire him because of his skin color. Unfortunately, Agent Carter still has yet to introduce a black woman to its cast, but maybe next season?
“Smoke & Mirrors” was an amazing episode that gave us a look into Peggy’s life before she was Agent Carter. If you’re interested in learning how Peggy became a field agent and why she’s determined to succeed whatever lies in her way, this is the episode for you. Anyone that has felt like they have to conform to what society wants them to be will understand exactly why Peggy has done the things she’s done.
Use What Worked
Thankfully, not everything about season two of Agent Carter is different because season one was really good. Jarvis returns to help Peggy out, just like old times, and the show is as slickly paced as ever. Craving those action scenes set to 40s music? Check. Breaking into buildings nearly every episode? Double check. Keeping up the feminist message? Agent Carter has certainly got you covered.
Right now, Agent Carter’s future is up in the air, so if you loved the first season of the show but haven’t caught up on season two, this is your chance. Peggy Carter can make it to her next mission, but she needs our help. And even if you’re not for truth and justice, Agent Carter season two is just really good TV.
Marvel’s Agent Carter continues Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.
The holidays are over and all the good parts about winter – time off school or work and a justification for eating cookies & drinking gingerbread lattes every day – are sadly behind you. All that stretches ahead are a few long months of winter, which could be pretty depressing if you’re not into cold days and short hours of sunlight. Fortunately, there is some consolation: this winter is a great time for TV! You may not feel like getting out much, but you don’t have to with so much TV to watch! Check out our top 5 picks for TV shows debuting new seasons this winter:
The 100 (1/21 @ 9pm EST on The CW)
This is not the first time we’ve waxed poetic about the virtues of The 100 here at TDQ. (Check out our Top 5 Reasons You Should Be Watching The 100.) If you haven’t seen the show before, binge seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix immediately so you can enjoy the season 3 premiere. Once you get through the first few episodes (which are admittedly a bit…teenager show-y) The 100 finds its footing and you will be HOOKED. The show is sort of a YA Battlestar Galactica, with layered characters grappling with difficult choices, and it’s never predictable. Don’t count it out just because it’s on The CW – it’s hardcore!
Younger (1/13 @ 10pm EST on TV Land)
This show is a bit off the radar since it airs on TV Land, but I recently caught the New Year’s marathon of season 1 and plowed through the entire season in a few days. Series creator Darren Star is known for Sex and the City, and there is definitely a similar vibe to this show, though it is certainly less scandalous. The show stars Sutton Foster as a 40-year-old trying to pass as a 26-year-old to get back in the workforce, and it’s both funny and poignant.
Pretty Little Liars (1/12 @ 8pm EST on ABC Family/Freeform)
I can’t, in good conscience, say that Pretty Little Liars is a good show, exactly…but it is an entertaining one. If nothing else it has ridiculous moments (like the dramatic chickpeas) to look forward to, and after years of investment in this story, I’m curious to see where the Liars are after the much talked about 5 year time jump. There’s basically a 100% chance I will never make sense of the plot of this show, but at this point the Liars feel like old friends – it’s still fun to visit with them every week, even if nothing makes sense!
Marvel’s Agent Carter (1/19 @ 9pm EST on ABC)
While Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has barely held my attention over the past two seasons, last year’s Agent Carter miniseries was everything S.H.I.E.L.D. wants to be but can never seem to manage: A strong, resourceful female protagonist who is actually likable, a great mix of action, suspense, and humor, and a story simple enough to follow but complex enough to keep things interesting. The general lack of superhuman abilities and the retro setting also give Agent Carter a unique place in the Marvel universe. I look forward to another adventure with Peggy Carter this year!
Girls (2/21 @ 10pm EST on HBO)
Hannah Horvath the sort of character you either love or love to hate, but you have to admit she’s always interesting, particularly when you throw in her equally polarizing group of friends. Girls is entertaining because it simultaneously empathizes with and pokes fun at the millennial culture it portrays. You can watch it and relate to it, or you can watch it and feel good about the fact that you can’t relate to it. It’s hard to say what season 5 has in store for Hannah and her crew, but I know I will be disappointed if Adam’s lines aren’t immediately turned into Kylo Ren memes.
As a bonus, if you’re in the market to check out a new show this winter, give SyFy’s The Magicians a try. Debuting 1/25 at 10pm EST, it’s based on the popular fantasy book series by Lev Grossman, and it has the potential to be amazing!
The days my be short and cold, but I promise you’re in for comfy, entertaining evenings on the couch with these winter premieres!
Much like the refinery in the premiere for Marvel’s Agent Carter, Tumblr exploded with enthusiasm for the show. I’m usually more reserved when it comes to television – it comes with the territory of TV criticism – so my major question when I started watching Agent Carter, was “is it worth all the hype?” And I’m pleased to say that the answer to that “yes.” It’s worth all the hype and then some. Continue reading