First off, who doesn't love a kick-ass Peggy? She's just as wonderful as she was in the movie and in the comics. Secondly, who doesn't love the fashions, cars, and architecture? Very Art Deco! :) Despite it being done to death in the ads, I had to agree with Rose: love the hat! ;)
I liked them opening with Peggy's memories of Steve. Like many women in 1946, she had lost her man in the war. It also helps new viewers realize her importance in the Marvel Universe.
I wasn't happy with the fridging of her roommate. I hate it when that stuff happens and the innocents get burned.
The attitudes of the men in SSR are spot on: sexist and condescending. When young women (or women of any age) declare that they are not feminists, just watch an episode of this and thank your lucky stars for feminists.
I enjoyed seeing Howard Stark and seeing Edwin Jarvis in person. I wish they would tell us whatever happened to him in the movies. Jarvis is trying to live a quiet life with his wife and is helping Peggy on the side. I love how they connect as fellow Brits. :)
The rooming house where Peggy ends up in the second episode makes people in this century laugh at all the paternalistic restrictions, but in 1946 women coveted a respectable address that would be approved of on job applications and the like. Women's reputations were extremely important. Sure, double standard, but no decent man would marry a woman who was known to sleep around. The proprietor of the hotel is strict, even kicking out Molly in Episode 3 for having a man in her room, but she knows that if she doesn't adhere to strict rules, her house's reputation would be tarnished. The rule of not having men above the first floor prevents the place from getting a reputation as a whorehouse, which sounds extreme but back then, that's exactly what would happen. And it's also for safety reasons. You can't have strange men tramping in and out of the hotel at all hours.
Women today would say, that woman in charge has no right to lay down those rules! Today she would be sued, but in 1946, her rules were highly approved of, and no woman was forced to live there. If you lived there, you had to follow the rules, and if you didn't want to, you didn't agree to take a room: simple.
A woman got a room to herself, which after years of sharing, especially during wartime with five or six crammed into small apartments and with the acute housing shortage postwar, was a luxury. It was clean and well-furnished and there were good meals offered three times a day. Until a woman got a husband, she couldn't do much better unless she was a heiress or came from an upper-class family. Working-class women didn't have many choices.
Even though the agent who was killed in Episode 3 was a jerk, I still felt sad about it. Getting killed in cold blood on a dark street defending someone in custody isn't the best way to go, but it isn't the worst in their business.
Angie is a great character. I hope to see more of her and the Automat! :) And who is the mysterious ballerina, hmm? If she was a redhead, I'd wonder. ;)