“I don’t care,” I replied. “She lives in cocktail wear and struts like she owns the world. Fish Mooney is my hero right now.”
All of this makes me think that Agent Carter as a show isn’t just addressing whatever the Marvel-verse needs for the next round of movies and sexism in the workplace then and now, but also the plight of the awkward girl.
It certainly seems like having super powers and being a super hero would be super cool, right?
But what happens when you’re not busy fighting crime? What if it were a real job, just like any other?… What happens when you have a bad day? What happens when the trash is full? What happens when you need a ride to the hospital for surgery..? Maybe the life of a Superhero isn’t as glamorous as we always thought.
Agent Carter felt bold. The societal issues she’s facing in the workplace and in her new residence are not much different today. She’s perpetually underestimated, expected to marry and fade away, and the mere mention of “lady’s things” is enough to send even the most hardened government agents into convulsions.
I think I’m ending a phase where I hate everything. “But, Lisa,” you ask. “How is this phase different than the rest of your miserable life? Don’t you always hate everything?”
In Sunset Overdrive, you play a character with no name, but who is fully customizable. A major soda corporation known as Fizzco has accidentally poisoned the drinkers of Sunset City, turning them into flesh eating monsters on the verge of destruction.
Tonight, I was amazed at how the pieces were carefully placed together to give fans a tantalizing experience stopping just short of being fulfilling, not unlike putting together a 1000 piece puzzle to realize about 100 pieces are missing. It’s just enough to make you think you know what’s going on.
So, of course, now that Beth got an arc and experienced some growth and became a character I was actually interested in, she had to die.
Considering that McPhee’s Paige is one of only two female characters on the show, the inability of the writers and producers to incorporate her more fully is disturbing. Paige’s stated purpose is to be their connection to the outside world, yet in any “normal” situation she proves just as inept as they do. She and Walter attend a fancy party and she is as uncomfortable as he is; she accompanies them to a crime scene and says nothing when they basically insult the officer in charge.