When: Tuesday at 8 p.m. EST
Why: I'll be honest: I haven't been keeping up with that SHIELD show. Like, since the pilot. Joss Whedon is my guy and everything, but that shit seemed too corny for my time. (I know, I know "it got better." I'll get around to catching up one of these days.) I mention SHIELD to say, I've got no basis for comparison here as far as Marvel TV™ goes. I have, however seen Captain America: The First Avenger, which bored me to tears. So you can imagine my complete disinterest in a miniseries centered on his love interest, Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), whom I found rather bland during the parts of the movie I managed to stay awake. But here I am, checking it out of professional curiosity and, surprise! It's actually kind of fun, in a breezy, inessential way.
So far, (I've only seen the first two), there's a cool throwback quality that's oddly appealing, while also serving up enough allusions to the film universe to appease the Marvel Stans. And then there's Atwell, who is much more endearing and likable and lively here than she was on the big screen opposite Chris Evans. It's far from the most anticipated series Marvel has on its 2015 slate. But honestly, superhero TV is a lightweight sausage fest. It's about time a member of the fairer sex showed the boys how it's done.—Frazier Tharpe