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Marvel Monday: The Many Faces of Margaret Carter

Welcome back from our mini-hiatus. Due to an unprecedented bout of bad weather where I live, coupled with that lovely portion of college life I like to call midterms, my schedule has been a bit off. But, we are now back in full swing! This week we’ll be discussing the episodes for the past two weeks, A Sin to Err and Snafu, which I actually find fit rather well in a review together. So, without further ado:

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Marvel Monday: The Fairest of Them All

This week on Marvel’s Agent Carter, we got our first glimpse of the baby Black Widow spiderlings in the midst of their daily routine.  Wake up, share stolen bread, learn English from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, (isn’t Marvel lucky it’s a Disney property) and then engage in combat to the death. Just your everyday, average little girl stuff. And with that opening sequence, we plunge into this week’s episode.

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Howard Stark: Genius, Billionaire, Playboy… Narcissist?

Welcome back to Marvel Mondays, where Leah gushes about all things Peggy Carter and contemplates cutting her hair so as to better cosplay our favorite leading lady.

This week on Agent Carter was less action and more exposition, giving us a little breather after the shocker that came at the end of last episode.  Tuesday’s episode also saw the return of Howard Stark, genius, billionaire, and everyone’s favorite scoundrel.

“”And what does it say now?” asked Arthur. “Mostly harmless,” admitted Ford with a slightly embarrassed cough.” – Douglas Adams, HHGTTG

…well, perhaps not everyone’s favorite.  Howard Stark is a pretty polarizing character, even in the fictional Marvel world.  Today’s review is going to dissect what we saw of Howard, look at Peggy’s fantastic upbraiding of him, and take a guess at why it is that many viewers — and Peggy herself — just can’t bring themselves to dislike Howard, despite all his faults.
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Marvel Mondays: “Time and Tide” Review

Welcome back to our Agent Carter reviews!

Since we had a week of hiatus (boo) and also a special feature last Monday, this week we’ll be talking about the episode that aired two weeks ago, “Time and Tide”.  (Spoilers for the episode below the cut!)

This week I’d like to examine a theme that occurred to me as I was writing my first draft of this piece. Originally, I planned to divide this review into two sections: one about Jarvis and his character revelations, and the other about Peggy and her battle with injustice.  But as I was looking over my notes and thinking about the two, I realized that this episode isn’t just about Peggy’s battle with injustice. In fact, Jarvis’s story too, is a battle with injustice in a way, as are a myriad of other small moments in the episode.  So today, we’re going to take a look at prejudice and injustice in the world of Agent Carter. Continue reading


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Fandom Friday: A Problem Universally Acknowledged

Agent_Carter_New_Logo“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single female protagonist in possession of her own show must be in want of a husband.”

… or something like that.  This is what I’ve come to think of as the “Agent Carter problem”, as our fabulous heroine is the most recent in a long line of heroines to be drawn into this argument.

The participants? On one side, we have those already engaged in speculation about who could be the “man saved by Captain America” with whom Peggy Carter has her future son and daughter. See the article that has caused the most uproar here.  On the other side, an outraged Peggy fanbase who derides the former group for reducing a powerful, dynamic woman to a romantic interest. Seems like a simple enough binary, right? Continue reading


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Marvel Mondays: The Hero We Want, The Hero We Deserve

Agent_Carter_New_LogoIn which Leah watches Agent Carter.  And by “watches Agent Carter”, she means feverishly takes notes on how to live her life. A-hem. Moving right along.

Last week saw the premiere of the much-anticipated Agent Carter mini-series, which Marvel is using to placate us in the hopes that we will forget about that little chunk of our collective heart that was ripped out by the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. mid-season finale. *sob*

But what a placation it is! This Monday treated us with not one, but two episodes to reacquaint ourselves with Peggy Carter in all her glory.  I could probably write a full thesis on the things that were done right in these first two episodes, but to spare you all the labor of reading it and my hands the labor of typing all that, I’ve cut it down to five elements of Agent Carter that I thought were done well. Continue reading