“Snafu” · TV Club · The A.V. Club

February 18, 2015 8:03 AM

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“Snafu” · TV Club  · The A.V. Club

As Marvel’s only live action TV series, it’s impossible not to compare Agent Carter and Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (hell, they both have “Agent” at the start of their titles), and over the course of these last seven episodes, charm has become the thing that sets the two shows apart more than anything else. Charming performances. Charming writing. Charming visuals. Agent Carter has its own stylish character while Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. is far more generic, and that extra personality has made Carter a considerably more engaging series.

At the heart of it all is Hayley Atwell, who impresses week after week with her comic timing, physical presence, and emotional conviction. More than any other actor on this show, Atwell makes it all feel real, likely because she’s lived in this world longer than any of her costars. Because this is a...

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