Darling, ten seconds into Agent Carter, I was crying. This surprises no one who knows me; I wear my heart on my sleeve, and in the deep Pennsylvania midwinter of this past week, there’s extra sleeve to go around — enough for the kickass heart the first two episodes of this new Marvel/ABC series brought.
I’ll admit when I first learned that Agent Carter was going to be a thing, I did not jump up and down. Hollywood does not have a history of accurately portraying women in positions of kickassness. Women always have to have a male sidekick at the very least, the tropes are clear; no girl is complete until her knight in shining armor rescues her.
I set the bar low for Pilot and was not planning on watching on Bridge and Tunnel. WHOOPS. Agent Carter has everything: things that go “BOOM!,” men who would use #NotAllMen, a woman named Angie (I’m a little biased), Jarvis, Sousa, and a man being threatened with a fork by Agent Peggy Carter.
And speaking of Sousa, can we just talk about how he nails being a feminist (although I’m not sure how I feel about the bet). He does not argue back with Agent Carter when she tells him that she does not need him to be her rescuer. He does not judge her when he finds her crying over a photo of our favorite Living Legend. So far he is a good guy and I hope he stays that way.
Now back to the fabulous women of Agent Carter.
Colleen O’Brien. Clearly someone paid attention to George R.R. Martin’s ability to kill off favorite characters early on. Despite the fact that we do not get to spend too much time with Colleen, we did learn that she had to teach a man how to use a rivet gun. We also learned that she is very lucky to have a job. This show gives no effs when it comes to calling out patriarchy.
Rose. I really hope we get to spend more time with her. Is anyone else reminded of Penelope Garcia?
Angie Martinelli. Like all women named “Angie”, she takes no shit from anyone. There is a cloud of sass in the diner when she has to deal with the epitome of white male privilege. Angie making faces at Peggy melted by little pansexual heart. They are my new ship. Sorry, but not sorry.
Agent Peggy Carter. First, a shout out to the people behind this show for not hiding her PTSD; y’all are amazing. She is scared and gorgeous and can I please have her wardrobe? If I had to pick a favorite scene in the two episodes of epicness that have been released it is without a doubt the scene in Bridge and Tunnel where she kicks some serious ass while the radio is portraying her as weak and needing a man-hero to fill out expected gender hero roles.
Next weeks episode is Time & Tide. Will someone drown? Or will it have absolutely nothing to do with water? Will Peggy be Angie’s neighbor? Will we learn Jarvis’s secret(s)? Will we see diner guy again? Who will die? Only time will tell, darling.