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Marvel’s Figured It Out

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Agent Carter

Marvel is on a hot buttered roll right now, with its tentacles touching everything from movie theaters, television networks, and even on-demand giants like Netflix. The world’s arguably foremost comics company is currently in the midst of a near-unprecedented, sprawling journey that sees it bringing its characters to screens everywhere in an interwoven narrative, and ABC’s Marvel’s Agent Carter is the latest offshoot on this voyage.

Taking the Peggy Carter character from the Captain America series and building a show around her, Marvel’s Agent Carter stars Brit Hayley Atwell as the titular Carter. As the central personality, Atwell has a strong screen presence that allows her to anchor a cast of familiar faces that that includes Dominic Cooper returning from the films as Howard Stark (AKA Iron Man/Tony Stark’s father), Shea Wigham (Boardwalk Empire’s Eli) as her superior at the S.S.R. (Strategic Scientific Reserve), and One Tree Hill’s Chad Michael Murray and Dollhouse’s Enver Gjokaj as fellow agents. The thrust of the series sees Stark enlisting Carter to clear his name after he’s accused of treason by way of selling weapons to enemy organizations, thus putting the S.S.R. on his tail and Carter in a number of precarious positions as she hides her clandestine mission from her co-workers. There’s also a twist near the end of the first episode that puts allegiances in question in an interesting manner as the narrative moves forward.

What sets Marvel’s Agent Carter apart from the Marvel series that it’s replacing in the ABC lineup – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – is that is has style to spare, which is evident almost immediately with the shot of Carter walking to work in her bright red hat and lively blue suit, the only hint of color in a sea of drab gray commuters. It also feels – at least in its first two hours – less like a television show and more like a Marvel film that’s been chopped into eight equal parts, as the first season will run only eight episodes. That, along with its production values (which are high), already make it feel more like a true Marvel project than Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does, though I’m admittedly only halfway through season one of that show and have heard that there was a quality uptick. Its fight sequences are also impressively staged, making Atwell potentially the next in a long line of strong female television action heroines.

With more Marvel television shows on the way as a part of the company’s deal with Netflix – which includes April’s Daredevil as well as series based on the Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist characters – Marvel’s Agent Carter stands perhaps as the template for the quality that we can expect in future series that promise to bring all of the fun of Marvel’s big-screen adventures to the comfort of your couch.

Episode 1.01/1.02 Grade: B+

Stray Thoughts:

*Shea Wigham just can’t stay away from period pieces, apparently, as his Roger Dooley has more than a little Eli Thompson in his DNA.

*In addition to the actors listed above, other TV vets like Lyndsy Fonseca (Nikita) as Carter’s new neighbor, Andre Royo (The Wire) and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks) as notable guests in the first two episodes respectively, and Costa Ronin (Oleg from The Americans) as Howard Stark’s future partner Anton Venko are all present in the first two hours. Agent Carter apparently has one hell of a casting director.

*As someone who’s only familiar with the majority of these stories via the films, the fact that Howard Stark’s assistant Edwin Jarvis shares a name with the butler/OS software that Tony Stark uses in the Iron Man films and in The Avengers isn’t a coincidence, is it?

Where to Watch: Marvel’s Agent Carter on ABC.com / Marvel’s Agent Carter on Hulu

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Morning Links: 2/22/12

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Welcome to the Morning Links. Each weekday, I’ll provide you with some interesting television-related news items culled from the various TV websites I frequent on a regular basis with a slight bit of commentary attached. Pretty straightforward – no fuss, no muss. Let’s do this:

*Stop EVERYTHING. NBC announced yesterday that Community will be back in its old slot of Thursdays at 8PM beginning March 15 with 30 Rock – which frankly has done at times WORSE than the maligned Community did in the fall – shifting to 8:30. The downside is that Parks And Recreation will be forced to take a five-week break but will return in Up All Night’s post-Office slot for its final four weeks of the season. This is some of the best TV news in weeks. Community is nothing short of a modern-day classic so its returning to the air is nothing other than a great thing. (Via Hitfix)

*Warming Glow also has an encouraging look at the chances of Community getting a fourth season this fall.

*Breaking Bad season five info!! Breaking Bad season five info!! (Via Warming Glow)

*Looks like week three was as unkind to NBC’s Smash as week two was as it fell another 18% and dropped from a 3.8 premiere rating in the 18-49 demo to a 2.3 on Monday night. So much for NBC pinning all its hopes on the show. How’s that working out for you, NBC? (Via EW)

*Conan O’Brien appeared as an extra on Monday night’s episode of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother. O’Brien actually won a charity auction for a role on the show in March of last year and the way that he was integrated onto the show actually sounds like a fairly cool idea. (Via Warming Glow)

*Animated superhero comedy starring the voice of Patton Oswalt? Yes, please. (Via The AV Club)

*Big Love vet Jeanne Tripplehorn will be joining Fox’s New Girl for a couple of episodes later this spring as the ex-wife of Dermot Mulroney, the latest love interest/obstacle in the way of an inevitable Jess/Nick pairing. (Via The Hollywood Reporter).

*Wait… Sons Of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter called someone a nasty name? That’s a first. (Via The AV Club)

*I was really interested in the news that Titus Welliver (Lost) was cast as a cult leader in a new pilot for NBC… until I read that its creator, Lisa Zwerling, was responsible for The Event and FlashForward. So… yeah. No. (Via TVLine)

*Unless I’m mistaken, the news that Heroes’ Milo Ventamiglia has been cast in Frank Darabont’s L.A. Noir project is the first concrete casting news for the show. Is The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal far behind? (Via TVLine)

*The AV Club has an interview with the always great Stephen Root.

*New extended trailer was released for HBO’s upcoming comedy series Girls. Gotta say… I see even less people jumping on board with this show than Luck’s sadly been able to attract. And that ain’t many. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*Another day, another member added to the cast of Shawn Ryan’s upcoming Last Resort for ABC. Today? Dollhouse’s Dichen Lachman. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

*In which Tim Tebow gives Jeremy Lin advice and ESPN climaxes all over itself. (Via The Hollywood Reporter)