If there's one thing that tonight's doubleheader kicking off the eight-episode Agent Carter miniseries does well, it's prove that Hayley Atwell is a dynamo—charismatic, unflappable, and just plain fun to watch, Atwell kills it as S.H.I.E.L.D. precursor S.S.R.'s secret badass, staying one step of ahead of both the bad guys she's after and the coworkers who expect her to be taking calls and filing paperwork. The rest of the show? Well, it could use a bit of work in spots, but it got the most important part right. Agent Peggy Carter is the best.
Like my colleague Darren Franich says in his review, not every aspect of Agent Carter is on the same level as the woman playing Agent Carter. Outside of James D'Arcy's Edwin Jarvis and a brief appearance from Dominic Cooper's Howard Stark, few characters really pop—although I'm hopeful for Enver Gjo...
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