With the end of the 2015-2016 television season, unfortunately, comes the end to many of our favorite television shows. One of the year’s casualties was the much beloved Marvel series Agent Carter, which followed fan-favorite Peggy Carter as she navigated post-war life as gracefully as she did the sexism that came with it. Fans are already petitioning for some other network to swoop in and save the show (*cough* Netflix *cough*) though it seems unlikely that a third season will occur anytime soon since series star Hayley Atwell is set to lead ABC’s newly picked-up show Conviction.
Here are 6 things we’ll miss about Agent Carter now that the show is temporarily (I hope) gone.
6. Back to the Present
I think it can pretty confidently be said that part of the novelty of Agent Carter was the fact that it was a show rife with chaos and mystery that did not take place in present-day New York or Los Angeles. Understandably, a vast majority of today’s television is centered around times and places that viewers know and are comfortable with. Having said that, much of Agent Carter’s allure was due to the fact that the show was centered around the people and atmosphere surrounding Peggy in the 1940’s. There is a distinct tone to Agent Carter that is greatly influenced by the era within which the show takes place. It was fun going back in time on Tuesday nights and watching the shenanigans that Peggy got up to mid-SSR and pre-S.H.I.E.L.D.
5. The OG Black Widows
Despite what some toy companies seem to think, everybody loves Black Widow. While the original female Avenger is certainly interesting in her own right, what was particularly great about the world of Agent Carter is that it introduced us to other Black Widows, who were out causing mischief long before Natasha Romanoff. Dottie Underwood in particular was a standout in Agent Carter as one of the few people who could physically and mentally match Peggy. Arguably the closest intellectual/witty/physical equal to Peggy, Dottie was a character that offered another look at the Black Widow program that groomed both her and the future Avenger. Dottie was cunning and wholly entertaining but, even by the close of Agent Carter’s second season, still remained mostly mysterious. More Agent Carter would assumingly mean more of Dottie’s backstory, likely providing a deeper knowledge and understanding of how the Black Widows are formed.
4. The Dynamic Duo
Listen, I think we can all agree that the best onscreen depiction of a platonic love/friendship involves one Peggy Carter and Edwin Jarvis. I have to admit that I myself LOVE a good, “best friends à more than that,” trope, but it it’s also nice to see characters of different genders love and respect each other while happily committed to other people. Peggy and Jarvis are the ultimate partnership, calling each other out and simultaneously being there for one another when nobody else can be.
The two have experienced more together in two short seasons of television than most friends will endure in a lifetime, and have grown beautifully, both individually and as a duo, as a result. What’s particularly disappointing about Agent Carter‘s cancellation is that it came after a season of some of the most poignant and thoughtful exchanges between the SSR agent and Stark’s right-hand man. The humor that surrounded the friendship in Season 1, though not disappearing entirely, was balanced with gritty reality checks that only the truest of friends could provide.