Winter Sunlight

TV notes

I watched the new Agent Carter show (of course I did, hello, it's me *waves nerd flag*).

And I really liked it!

Way more than I was expecting, honestly. I was tentatively looking forward to it, but I guess the most I was hoping for is "not terrible and has a lot of Hayley Atwell" and it's actually great! Yay for low expectations! It's funny and exciting, the cast is great, and the ongoing plot is keeping me guessing. :D

Honestly, I think one of the things I liked most about the show (and one of the things that came as a surprise) is that it's not turning out to be "incompetent sexist agents bumble around while Peggy runs rings around them". The background agents are actually really a lot of fun, while also being true to their time period: entirely competent at their jobs, likable in some ways, absolute dicks in others. (The interrogation scene, oh my god. And yet I loved how matter-of-fact it was, and how even Sousa, who I guess is more or less the "sympathetic" one of the group, was just casually doing his job while it was going on, because that's How Things Are Done.)

And it's full of wonderful deadpan humor ("I know I like to strap a chair to my ass and go for a walk") and clever little things like radio!Captain America actually being this nerdy, totally non-hero-looking guy with a Captain America voice. Peggy and Jarvis have a great rapport, too; I am all over the bantering-and-saving-each-other's-lives thing, and I also like that he's married, so there's no sexual tension at all -- actually no romance of any kind so far, which is refreshingly nice. (Sousa may eventually turn out to be the guy she marries, but it's so low-key so far and not at all forced that I wouldn't mind at all if that turns out to be the case. I like him!)

It's really nice to have a new show I'll be looking forward to every week -- at least as long as it lasts since it's just a miniseries. But now I'm really hoping it'll be picked up as a full series; that'd be awesome!

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Yay, thank you for this, I had this show on my radar ever since I saw a trailer for it. I saw the premiere was yesterday and I was wondering whether I should actually give it a go or not :D I guess I will give it a go :D
I'll check it out this weekend :D Sigh, who knows, maybe it will be something I'll actually be watching, lol. Most of the shows I am currently watching are background noise. 24h later I can't even remember what the episode was about :D I am still so very much White Collar and my boys *squish*
I miss them. :( (And still wish the finale had left them in a better place. Oh well, there's always fanfic ... *sniffles*)
Yes, fanfic *clings* Also, making pretty artwork with pretty boys is my therapy :P I honestly can't see myself falling so hard for a show ever again /o\ But I still hope I'm gonna enjoy AC :D
I didn't read your overview because I'm waiting until I can see it. I was at the gym yesterday and they had it playing on the TV above. It was half way through and I was desperately trying not to watch to avoid spoilers. I guess sometimes televisions in gyms are not a good thing...
Oh dear - the problem with gym TVs! I hope you enjoy it when you're able to watch it. :)
Thanks. I hope so, too. Thanks to the TVs I already caught a lot of the ending and a lot of the beginning. It looked like a lot of fun!
I enjoyed it too. I like how that in addition to hearing the radio drama you also got to see it being performed and seeing how they made all the special effects.

The radio play is fun bit to the show and it is nice to have some references to Capt America but I hope that they use it less in the rest of the eps.

Yes! I really loved the cutting between the radio drama and the events of the show. It's just a really well-done show, overall, with a great period feel.
same here. I wasn't expecting much. They always manage to screw up the tough lady cop/agent thing but Atwell can throw a punch and looks believable. I love Jarvis and I want to crawl inside the sound track and live there. They are doing such a good job with the historical details which I appreciate (My parents about fell off the couch when the daisy clover milk came up. I guess that's what they had as kids).

("I know I like to strap a chair to my ass and go for a walk") that such a great line.

I loved also that there's a disabled vet helping out.

It's tough when you do historicals when it comes to gender and race issues. You have to walk a line between being real and being either over the top bigoted (granted some were) or over the top too liberal. I think it's striking the right chord here.
It's tough when you do historicals when it comes to gender and race issues. You have to walk a line between being real and being either over the top bigoted (granted some were) or over the top too liberal. I think it's striking the right chord here.

Yes, I agree! I know mileage may vary, but to me it feels like it's true to the time period without turning the sexist SSR agents into buffoonish caricatures. And yeah, this is always an issue with historical stuff.

I'm really looking forward to the rest of it. :)
I thought it was great. I need to watch it again, I was distracted by a few things while it was on.
I can't wait for the next episode, and it's been awhile since I've looked forward to a new show that much! :)