I'd like to start this off with a statement: I'm switching up the way I do recaps. I was extremely happy with the Galavant review, and here's the best part - it didn't take four hours, which is how long my recaps usually take to write up. And on a lot of Wednesdays and Saturdays, I just don't have four hours to spend on one thing. Plus, they're long to read! So take a look at the Galavant review if you want to see what these recaps will resemble a bit more. Onward!
There is a great lesson we can all take from this series, and we learn it within the first thirty seconds of the pilot episode.
Never underestimate Agent Peggy Carter.
Unfortunately, that's what her coworkers do. They treat her as a secretary, asking her to file things and fetch coffee and sharpen pencils and 'do whatever it is you women do.' While she's enduring said treatment in the workplace, Howard Stark is being persecuted. Everyone thinks he's been selling weapons to the enemy, and when he disappears, it doesn't help his cause. Until he and his butler, Edmund Jarvis (Who is played by James D'Arcy, who was in Master and Commander along with Paul Bettany, the modern Jarvis FUN FACT FOR EVERYONE) find Peggy and tell her that the weapons were stolen, and Howard is being framed. He tells her there was an explosive taken that they need to find immediately, and gives the job to her. Eager to get back in the game, she accepts - and realizes she might have bitten off more than she could chew.
Let me say what I love about this series.
1. Peggy. I posted on Facebook, 'It is my professional opinion that we need more Peggy Carters and less Jane Fosters, please and thank you,' and got a hundred comments in an hour. Granted, there were a lot of Peggy vs. Jane remarks, but the majority basically professed their love for Peggy. She has lost the only man she's ever loved, but she isn't letting it destroy her life (granted, she has issues, but she's dealing with them). She's a 1940's Elizabeth Bennett - strong-willed, passionate, clever, smart, and polite - all while being polite, ladylike, and generally fantastic. Plus, she has perfect lipstick, great shoes, and makes a perfect bombshell blonde.
2. Jarvis. I was so excited when I heard they were going to have the original Jarvis the Butler in this series, and he's perfect in every way. A comfortable family man with a dry sense of humor, he's the perfect compliment to Peggy's exploits and tells her like it is.
3. The freaky voiceless dudes. Because let's face it, that electronic voice thing was awesome.
4. The humor. Marvel always has a great sense of humor, and this was no exception. I also love how the humor was focused more on subtlety and less on snark - I ADORE snark but I love how this particular sense of humor feels very 1940s where as 'snark' feels more modern, perfect for Tony Stark and the rest of the Avengers. Everything in this show felt retro and down-to-earth.
5. Bucky. Because he's currently alive, right, and that's pretty cool. He's out there somewhere, doing things. YEE-HAW.
6. Vanko's cameo. Now that's just fun.
What I mildly disliked
(because I didn't actually hate anything)
1. Colleen died. I mean, we all saw it coming, but that was sad.
2. There is no 2.
1. What angle are Howard and Jarvis working??
2. Is it just me, or did the first voiceless dude look like pre-serum Steve from the back?
3. How do Peggy's nails always stay unchipped? Is that her actual superpower?
4. Was that Joe DiMaggio?
5. Is the nice legless guy whose name I currently forget going to end up being a villain?
6. What is Leviathan?