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(Review) Agent Carter 1x1x2x3

Hello, luvs! Trying to catch up with some things. Here is a general review of the first three episodes of Agent Carter (1x1x2x3):



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. ;)



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northernwalker
Jan. 23rd, 2015 04:30 pm (UTC)
I lived in a women's residence for six years which had those kind of rules- curfew, no men above the ground floor and only those you're related to get past the dining room/parlor, etc. Everyone chose to be there and for a reasonable price (especially in this big city) you got a room of your own, a bathroom to share with one person, two meals a day and a location near the metro in a safe place to live. It was a trade off, but one I was willing to make for several years.
bradygirl_12
Jan. 23rd, 2015 05:00 pm (UTC)
I would kind of laugh at the restrictions but I would like the safety and a chance for camaraderie with the other residents. And while it's true rules like that are probably sexist, if there was a men-only rooming house, would the management approve of women above the ground floor? There's still the security issues even if men's reputations aren't as precious to them as women.
northernwalker
Jan. 24th, 2015 02:07 am (UTC)
It was run by nuns, hence some of those rules. For them it was more a matter of respecting their faith, so you could have your boyfriend come to dinner or sit in the little parlor with him, but no further.

And it was actually really nice to have all-women meals where we could talk and let our hair down- I'm still friends with people from there. Plus you could always find someone if you wanted to go dancing or to a museum or whatever.
bradygirl_12
Jan. 24th, 2015 11:35 pm (UTC)
Nuns would explain it! :)

It does sound like a place like that could have many advantages.
whipsy
Jan. 23rd, 2015 10:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, I love the show!!! And the hat! ;) Really, I love everything about it! The storyline, the clothes, the music! It's my favorite show to watch!! This and Gotham! =D
bradygirl_12
Jan. 24th, 2015 11:32 pm (UTC)
She's so kick-ass! I loved her in the movies and am enjoying this mini-series all over the place! I put it up there with Arrow and The Flash! :)
jen_rock
Jan. 25th, 2015 09:54 pm (UTC)
The show is a lot of fun. I'm enjoying the period details and the little Easter eggs here and there. It's going to be sad to see it end but I also thinks it works well as a miniseries. I think it wouldn't be bad for Marvel to do more miniseries like this with minor characters. They're already planning on some Netflix exclusive series with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and others.
bradygirl_12
Jan. 26th, 2015 12:05 am (UTC)
A mini-series can be a good idea. Every year during Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s hiatus they could do something different.
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