Marvel's Agent Carter
Episode 1 & 2, "Now is Not the End" & "Bridge and Tunnel": What an exciting opening for ABC and Marvel's newest television venture. This would be what SHIELD wished it could have been when it first started out after Joss Whedon's pilot. It had everything going for it: drama, humour, style, fashion, great cast that played well against each other, strong plot, overarching mystery and heart. Great opening moment which used footages from Captain America: The First Avenger to re-introduce Hayley Atwell's Agent Peggy Carter to the audience. Atwell really nailed it. She is the original Melinda May - kicking asses and looking fierce whilst doing it! Kudos to creators Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and pilot director Louis D'Esposito for getting the 40s down right: from the production sets, to the costume, the look and feel of it felt authentic. But most importantly, they got the dry, British humour down pat between Atwell and James D'Arcy's Jarvis (side note: they could not afford Paul Bettany eh? That would have been ace!). The other supporting cast were great too: Enver Gjokaj is always welcomed but his character seemed a tad extraneous at the moment; Chad Michael Murray looked different without his baby fat, but he did get that whole 40s chauvinistic dude look down right; Dominic Cooper is just a recurring star, but he does help to ground the whole MCU together. Would love to see more of him with Atwell. Also loving the other little things about the show: the old school spy gadgets, balancing feminism and chauvinism, and how Carter navigates through all that while being a single lady in the 40s. Let's hope the show creators will stick to a serialised format for the rest of this 8-episodes season.