Marvel's Agent Carter: Season 1 [Amazon Exclusive]
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Hold onto your hats as one fearless woman redefines heroism in the perilous arena of international espionage. With equal parts brains, beauty and brawn, Marvel’s Agent Carter on ABC ignites a firestorm of adventure, suspense and action-packed fun integral to the origins of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In 1946, top SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve) operative Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) is still reeling from the loss of Steve Rogers (a.k.a., Captain America). But now that the war is over, peacetime deals her yet another blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Now her “missions” consist of fetching coffee and answering phones—until old acquaintance Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) is framed for selling his deadliest weapons to the highest bidder, and he contacts the one person he trusts to clear his name: Agent Carter. Working as a secret double agent with the aid of Stark’s butler, Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy), Peggy must evade both her SSR colleagues and mysterious foreign assassins as she attempts to track down those responsible and dispose of the weapons before they inflict mass destruction. Relive all the glamour and excitement of Marvel’s Agent Carter: The Complete First Season with this must-own DVD set that will transport you to a by-gone era full of modern-day thrills.
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My 5 star rating stands as that is for the series itself. That said, I was truly hoping the pre-release price I paid would have gone down into the low-to-mid $20's because a 2-disc set (8 episodes, 6 hours) is just not worth $36, especially as the only extras are a few minutes of bloopers. And, there is no iTunes Digital Copy nor any UltraViolet HD for VuDu or Flixster. Disney and Marvel need to seriously examine how to keep their fans happy.
As enjoyable as the series is, leaving out special features on its influence on/place in modern pop culture, its place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even basics like trailers for fellow Marvel products to look further into the MCU--there was nothing. No cast interviews, show runner insights, writers' room discussions, production videos. If you want to know more about the series than what's given at face value, unfortunately they're not trying to help themselves.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1 is a great example of MCU TV on Blu-Ray with a proper abundance of special features, ranging from all the above listed, to much more. At the time, it felt a lot more like effort was being put in. With Agent Carter's ties to the larger MCU, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as well, it would be wise to continue supporting them for the long haul. Not off to a good start here.
It's the late 1940's in New York City. World War II has been over for a time, and now the agents of the SSR are still working tirelessly to stop emerging threats from the shadows. But one agent, who has done perhaps more than all of the agents combined, and helped bring a legend to life, is relegated to fetching coffee and doing menial secretarial work. That agent is Peggy Carter, and the reason she's disregarded? She's a woman in a "man's world". But despite her despised position she finds herself in, there is one person who trusts her more than anyone else in the world, and that is Howard Stark (reprised by Dominic Cooper), who comes to her after he's been singled out by the SSR as a potential traitor who has sold some of his most dangerous weapons to enemy countries. He gives her the assignment of tracking down his stolen goods, and for good measure, gives her a trusted confidant in Edwin Jarvis (James D'Arcy), Stark's eternally discreet butler. Carter soon goes off-book from her "duties" at the SSR and finds herself embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens peace around the world.
While one of the main duties of AGENT CARTER is to entertain its audience (which it does in spades), its other mission statement is to put on display the rampant sexism of the time, where a woman's duties and actions were meant to be in support of their male counterparts. This show acts as a massive rebuke of that idea and gives us a hero that is whip-smart, and kicks some serious ass. In fact, it is her mere presence as a woman that often times gives her an advantage over her enemies as they are tricked into thinking that she'll be a pushover. This is often demonstrated by some of the other men in the SSR, such as the war "hero" Agent Thompson (Chad Michael Murray) and her superior Agent Dooley (Shea Whigham). The only thing close to a kindred spirit that she has there is Agent D'Souza (Enver Glokaj), who is also seen as inferior because of a war wound he suffered that cost him one of his legs. But outside those walls, she has an ally in Jarvis as well as a friend in Angie (Lyndsy Fonseca), but won't let Angie too close because of Peggy's friendships usually ending in tragedy. The specter of Steve Rogers hangs over her, particularly as we get thicker into the season, but it never truly clouds her mind even if some of the others see her as nothing other than Captain America's "girlfriend".
The team of Markus and McFeely and Butters and Fazekas help bring a real authenticity to the era with clever dialogue, excellent art direction, set decoration and wardrobe, but even more so, they bring an element of real fun, suspense, action and emotion that has sadly gone mostly absent in the MCU's other broadcast TV contribution. And as with almost every MCU outing, there are really impressive easter eggs and guest appearances for fans of Marvel Comics, best displayed in an episode where Carter meets up with a few of the members of The Howling Commandos, such as Dum Dum Dugan (reprised by Neal McDonough).
While everything in the show is pretty damned impressive, and the supporting players, particularly D'Arcy and Cooper, are excellent, the real prize here is Atwell who is able to give Peggy Carter such vivid three-dimensional life in what is certainly one of the best female characters on television and one of the best performances of the year. Fortunately, the show did well enough to merit a second season, considering it was an 8-episode mid-season insert while AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. was on hiatus. Hopefully, this will give the MCU the opportunity to expand the mythology of the pre-S.H.I.E.L.D. days, and even more opportunities for AGENT CARTER to continue to entertain as strongly as it did in this first season.
The transfer looks and sounds great. I'm watching it on my curved 4K TV and it's stellar.
But there is a serious lack of special features. 3 minutes of bloopers isn't with the price I paid. No features at all.
There isn't even a "Play All" button.
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