Just in time, 'Agent Carter' rises to the occasion

January 6, 2015 7:56 PM

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And boy, can Marvel and ABC use her help. Until now, the best they've been able to offer in their attempt to capitalize on the Avengers franchise is the wan semi-sequel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — an under-powered, unfocused disappointment that has struggled to provide a reason to exist.

Who knew the solution to Marvel's problem was to turn the clock back rather than forward — and turn the spotlight over to a British woman? By setting the story in 1946, this new short-run series immediately gets a snappy, well-tailored, Hollywood-glamour look that separates it from most of TV's offe...

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