Agent Carter season 2 is definitely good and worth watching but I don’t feel like people say it enough! I don’t write weekly posts for Agent Carter because it’s on the same night as The Flash so unfortunately I don’t have the time, but I thought I could write-up my appreciation for the show in this post!
Overall I liked Agent Carter season 1, liked, not loved. I understood what they were going for, but sometimes felt the characters lacked subtly and the story suffered as a result. However, season 2 is a vast improvement, and it’s quickly become one of the top shows I look forward to each week.
This season’s arc has been following Peggy Carter in LA as she deals with problems regarding Zero Matter and a corrupt group in power. Zero Matter was of course a big part of this season’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (which to be honest I have yet to finish), so it’s interesting seeing the beginning of Zero Matter in Agent Carter.
So why is Agent Carter season 2 just so much better?
For me is comes down to the characters. I feel like this season has done a much better job developing and fleshing out interesting characters that aren’t just mere caricatures designed to be very unsubtle comments on the state of society back then. I get that female empowerment in a very sexist and challenging context was a big part of the last season, but I felt there was so much time focusing on that goal, that characters weren’t really characters, but more so devices for the message.
This season the characters explore the challenges of that setting but are also interesting characters in their own right. Peggy Carter has been developed a lot more, with the past season giving us more detail about her life before she was a spy. We’ve seen her deal with new situations that don’t just involve her having to prove her worth all the time, which can get a bit tiring after a while.
And this goes for the supporting characters as well. Jarvis has a life outside of being the quirky butler, as we get to know his family a bit more. Jack is more than just some two-dimensional sexist pig, we see his insecurities come into play as he gets himself into a bad situation. Oh and Sousa continues to be the best.
I’d say that near the end of season 1 we saw a lot of this stuff start to come to play, but it wasn’t until season 2 that it all worked so well.
There’s also a great quirky tone this season that just makes all the situations that much more fun to watch. You can tell the writers are more comfortable this season because the character interactions feel a lot more natural and the show seems to flow much better.
The story is tight and keeps you engaged. It’s not ground-breaking or anything, but the period setting of the show allows for a fresh twist on the story.
Oh and the romance is handled pretty well. Personally, I find the romantic elements on Arrow one of the weakest parts of the show. It drags the story down and creates unnecessary soap opera drama. But for Agent Carter it’s not forced in a way that makes you sick of seeing it, I won’t say any spoilers but the romance plays out in way that’s threaded nicely into the story. You genuinely are rooting for romance instead of rolling your eyes every time it appears.
I don’t like to use the term, “strong female character”, because what does that even mean? Agent Carter is a well-written character who has her strengths and her weaknesses, and a personality you can instantly connect to.
So basically this is all to say, watch Agent Carter season 2! And even if you haven’t watched season 1, you don’t really need to, it’s pretty easy to get into the story straightaway from the start of season. So go, watch it!
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