Agent Carter season one has come to a close. Let’s all take a minute to process that fact …
Okay, minute’s up. Let’s talk season two. ABC has not yet announced whether or not they’re renewing the series for a second season, and it’s difficult to predict whether they will. The ratings have been fine, but not explosive, and low for a network show, not quite reaching those of Agents of SHIELD, whose time slot they inhabit.
But whether or not the ratings were high enough, or the budget too prohibitive, there are several reasons ABC should consider giving the show a second shot. Here are 5 reasons they should (and one reason they shouldn’t) #RenewAgentCarter.
1. It kept the lights on.
Regardless of Agent Carter‘s actual ratings, which as I said fell short of usual network TV, it did almost match Agents of SHIELD, the show it replaced during AoS’s hiatus. If Agent Carter did nothing else, it provided new content in an otherwise barren wasteland of reruns. The fact that it was good content, that kept the ratings (generally) where they were before the winter break, is just the girl power flavored icing on the cake.
2. A rare look at the early days of feminism.
One thing I loved from the beginning of this show was the fact that it was a 1940s period drama about the plight of women in that time period. Yes, it relied a little on Marvel’s other properties for it’s framework, but at the end of the day it was about a woman making it in a man’s world. And there was no bigger pressure cooker for women’s rights and gender equality than post-WWII … anything. We don’t get this look on American TV, despite the fact that we’ve set other shows in this time period. Are we really going to let Canada beat us at the TV game (they did two seasons and a movie with their feminist WWII show Bomb Girls — go watch it!)?
3. Boosting the MCU.
Peggy Carter is all over the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She is a founding member of SHIELD (appearing in two episodes of AoS), she’s integral to the Captain America story, and she will be appearing in at least two of the upcoming MCU films (Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man). Obviously the character is important to the MCU, and the more we learn about her in the grander scheme of their universe, the more we’ll want to know about what was going on throughout her life, and vise versa. The show can only bring more viewers to MCU products, and MCU products can only bring more viewers to Agent Carter.
4. So much left to tell.
Even if the season hadn’t ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, there would still be a lot of material left to cover. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I still want to see what inspires Peggy and Howard to start SHIELD, and what happens when they do. I want to know how HYDRA first infiltrates the organization (Daniel?? Someone else??). And I really, really want to know whether or not Angie ever gets her big break.
5. We need a female super hero.
Peggy Carter has quickly become my favorite hero in the MCU. Part of that has to do with the fact that finally we have a female superhero telling her own story. Sure, we have Black Widow, but she exists (for now) within the stories of her male counterparts. Yes, we’re getting Captain Marvel, but not for years. We need a female superhero, and with or without superpowers, you cannot deny that Peggy is a hero in her own right, telling an important story about life, love, grief, and female empowerment.
So if we have all these reasons to renew the show, what’s the one reason we shouldn’t? It really just boils down to my selfish desire to never have a reason to dislike it. Season one was great. Not perfect, but solid, tightly written, well-told, and wonderfully performed. This is a show I will come back to again and again, an essential element of the MCU, and there is a part of me that doesn’t want to risk that love just because I wanted more than the show was able to provide. I’ve been burned before.