Agent Carter Will Be Back and She’s Heading West

Marvel announced that Agent Carter will be back for a second season. Hayley Atwell will return as the secret agent, but this year she’s going West to save the world while in Hollywood. Check out this wonderful new poster for season 2. She’s not wearing her red hat, but they continued the motif with a red umbrella.

Agent Carter Season 2 poster from Marvel

Here’s how the new season is described.

Dedicated to the fight against new atomic age threats in the wake of World War II, Peggy must now journey from New York City to Los Angeles for her most dangerous assignment yet. But even as she discovers new friends, a new home — and perhaps even a new love — she’s about to find out that the bright lights of the post-war Hollywood mask a more sinister threat to everyone she is sworn to protect.

Peggy will be joined by Jarvis (James D’Arcy) and Agent Sousa (Enver Gjokaj). Having Agent Sousa around is both a blessing and a problem, because he’s the only agent enlightened enough to realize that a woman can actually do the same things a man does, but he’s also very suspicious of her. What about Jarvis’ mysterious, never-seen wife? Will she head West?

Other returning cast have not been announced. In particular, there’s no word about Peggy’s friend Angie (Lyndsy Fonseca). I hope they figure out a reason for her to go to LA, too.

Season 1 of Agent Carter was criticized because all the characters were white. I’d like to suggest that while in California, Peggy Carter interacts with a Mexican secret agent played by Cristela Alonzo.

Images via Marvel/ABC

5 Reasons to Love Agent Carter

Marvel’s Agent Carter stepped out of the pages of Captain America and filled a spot on ABC left empty by the hiatus of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Carter filled the spot so well, I don’t want it to ever be over.

I’m enjoying Peggy Carter so much I’ve decided there can never be enough of her. I haven’t heard there’s going to be a second season, but I’m ready for one to be announced. Here are my five top reasons to love Marvel’s Agent Carter.

1. Hayley Atwell is Perfect

Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter

Hayley Atwell is perfection as the under-appreciated feminist in a sea of 1940s patriarchy. Her get it done attitude, her body language, her English accent, and her disregard for authority combine to create a character to reckon with.

This is one of those roles. A role that sticks with you. It will stick with Hayley Atwell the way Jennifer Beals will always be the striving young dancer in the off-the-shoulder sweatshirt, or Sigourney Weaver will always be Ridley, or Audrey Hepburn will always be peering into the window of Tiffany’s. It’s THAT iconic.

2. Agent Carter is Tougher than all the Jerks Around Her

Agent Carter leads a battle charge

Those guys think they’re tough, but it’s macho posing. The only really smart one in the bunch has a bum leg and doesn’t do much field work. He’s Daniel Sousa (Enver Gjokaj), and is both a danger and an ally to Peggy Carter.

Agent Carter even leads a team into combat in one episode, while her blowhard fellow agent Jack Thompson (Chad Michael Murray) cowers in a corner. Jabs at the sexism of the era do mean the majority of the men on the show are portrayed as ignoramuses, but I have faith that Peggy Carter will educate them soon.

3. Agent Carter is the Smartest Person in the Room

Hayley Atwell as Agent Carter

She knows more, asks better questions, finds answers faster, and understands what is going on in the world better than anyone else, including her clueless boss (Shea Whigham).

4. She Rocks in Her Costumes

Agent Carter in her red hat

The 1940s weren’t exactly the fashion decade of the century, but Agent Carter can rock an outfit and what she does to a red hat is downright amazing. It’s all attitude, not outfits, and Peggy Carter has attitude.

5. Peggy Carter has Good Friends in Her Corner

Lyndsy Fonseca as Angie Martinelli

Peggy Carter’s friend and neighbor is Angie Martinelli, (Lyndsy Fonseca) who is cool enough to open her window to Peggy and let her in off a ledge 100 feet in the air without so much as asking a question.

I don’t want to forget her charming and hilarious relationship with Howard Stark’s man Friday Jarvis (James D’Arcy). Jarvis is the one man on the show who gets to be awesome. Jarvis and Peggy make a dynamite team. Neither would ever admit that to anyone, so keep it quiet.

Obviously

The real reason I love Marvel’s Agent Carter is so obvious, you probably know what it is without me saying it. This is a female centric TV show with a story that revolves around a character named Peggy. Thank you MARVEL, thank you ABC. Give us more like this.

And the Inevitable Questions

How does knockout lipstick work on the kissed person but not on the kisser wearing it?

Were there no people of color in 1946?

Watch This: Previews for Agent Carter

Agent Carter will get a two-hour premier on ABC on January 6, 2015. The Marvel character steps out of the comics into the world of 1946. I must say, Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) looks kick ass on the small screen.

Agent Peggy Carter played by Hayley Atwell
Agent Peggy Carter played by Hayley Atwell

The series will have 8 episodes. Except for Agent Carter, almost all the cast will be male. Hayley Atwell better make Agent Carter bigger than life to overcome all that male around her. Is she up to it?

Also starring in the series are Dominic Cooper, Costa Ronin, Chad Michael Murray, Enver Gjokaj, Shea Whigham and James D’Arcy.

This Marvel production is filling the time slot that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. held while that show is on hiatus.

Here’s the plot, as described at Marvel.com.

It’s 1946 and peace has dealt Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy finds herself stuck doing administrative work when she would rather be back out in the field, putting her vast skills into play and taking down the bad guys. But she is also trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life, Steve Rogers – a.k.a. Captain America. When old acquaintance Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper, “Captain America: The First Avenger”) finds himself being framed for unleashing his deadliest weapons to anyone willing to pony up the cash, he contacts Peggy — the only person he can trust — to track down those responsible, dispose of the weapons and clear his name. He empowers his butler, Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy), to be at her beck and call when needed to help assist her as she investigates and tracks down those responsible for selling these weapons of mass destruction. If caught going on these secret missions for Stark, Peggy could be targeted as a traitor and spend the rest of her days in prison – or worse.

There’s also a second preview.

Dollhouse: Reality Catches Up with Fiction

I’m a Dollhouse fan, so this tweet from @HostilePoet_17 caught my eye.

The tweet lead me to this story in TIME Magazine : Memories Can Now Be Created — And Erased — in a Lab.  In TIME, the writer talked about the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but I’m with Dara, the story makes me think about the series Dollhouse.

Created by Joss Whedon, Dollhouse was on the air for 2 seasons from 2009-2010. The premise was that the residents of the dollhouse, who were captives, could be remade over and over into new people with new skills as needed for new jobs. Their memories were constantly being erased and rebuilt, depending on what the puppet masters needed them to do. Sit them in a special chair, zap their brains, and suddenly they were skilled surgeons or soldiers or equestrians.

Like Orphan Black allows for virtuoso performances from Tatiana Maslany, Dollhouse allowed the lead characters, particularly Eliza Dushku who played Echo, to be a completely different personality every week. All the actors who played “dolls” had the dream job of demonstrating their chops by inhabiting an ever changing array of personalities and characters.

Eliza Dushku in Dollhouse
Eliza Dushku in Dollhouse

If you are a Whedon fan, you know that Eliza Dushku also worked with Whedon on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Other Whedon regulars who appeared in Dollhouse include Fran Kranz as Topher, the mad scientist who rewired everyone’s brain with aplomb, Amy Acker as (mostly) a doctor who helped take care of the dolls, Alexis Denisof as a Senator, Summer Glau as one of the dolls, and Alan Tudyk as a scary character named Alpha.

Harry Lennix, Tahmoh Penikett, and Olivia Williams were in the cast as characters who ran The House and the dolls. Most of the time these characters would be considered “the bad guys” but that was a bit fuzzy on this show. In addition to Echo, other dolls included Enver Gjokaj as Victor and Dichen Lachman as Sierra.

The conflict and struggle in Dollhouse partly came from the fact that the memory wiping and imprinting process was never quite perfect. For example, Echo always had vague ideas about who she really was and struggled to hold on to that. Victor and Sierra were in love. No matter what personality they had to take on, that basic emotion always seemed to creep back in. The struggle to recall who they really were led the dolls to attempt subterfuge and misdirection in an attempt to save their own memories and to escape from the dollhouse.

Mixed in with that overall story arc of the dolls attempting to get back to who they really were, there were the weekly stories centering around whatever action or job needed to be done by the dolls that week.

You could wipe my brain and make me forget that I’d ever heard of Joss Whedon, but I’d only have to watch one episode of Buffy kicking vampire butt or Echo fighting to retain her true self or or Gina Torres decked out in leather and guns aboard The Serenity to fall in love with his fictional females all over again.

If you missed Dollhouse the first time around, I suggest you watch it now. And if you’ve already seen it, binge watching a second time is a perfect way to spend a weekend.

You can watch both seasons of Dollhouse on Netflix, Amazon or Hulu.

Like many Whedon creations, Dollhouse inspired an obsessive fandom to create a Wiki for the show. If you feel like getting into the details, the Wiki is your happy place.

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