Here’s the thing, over the past year or so, I’ve been very vocal about my support for Agent Carter, a series that is easily one of Marvel’s most important shows to date. I adored season one, and thoroughly enjoyed the second season, although I also acknowledged the flaws with the season finale. And although I’ve figured a season three order wouldn’t be coming from ABC, especially after Paul Lee, who has been a champion for both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, was replaced as president of ABC Studios, I still maintained the slightest of hope. After all, a season two had originally seemed unlikely due to the continual ratings decline season one suffered. And even though I knew a cancellation order would probably be doled out during ABC’s upfronts, I had hope that the show would find a home elsewhere. More specifically? I’d hoped that there was a chance Netflix could find a way to give the series a third season to try and allow the series to tie up the loose threads that remained after season two. Unfortunately, as it stands, there hasn’t been any mention of the series being shopped elsewhere, but that hasn’t stopped fans from trying to get Netflix to step up to the plate.
Fans have recently launched a petition to try and save the series, urging the streaming service to pick-up Agent Carter for a third season, and thus far, the petition has managed to land 95,516 signatures. That’s 95,516 in the span of seven days. Pretty impressive, no? Yet, as the petition has continued to gain support, it hasn’t really gained any media attention. (Although, to be fair, the cast has definitely been voicing their support of the petition.) And when it comes to ABC? The studio hasn’t mentioned the possibility of finding the show a new home, something most networks are open about if there are discussions to be had. (Great examples? CBS with Limitless and Supergirl, the latter of which has since found a home on the CW, or ABC with Nashville.) Of course, while Lee used to be rather open regarding the status of ABC shows, new president Channing Dungey has proven to play coy in regards to show cancellations, as well as shows in development. So it’s hard to really know if there’s a good possibility of shopping the series elsewhere. Still, it’s hard to imagine Netflix hasn’t at least shown some interest.
You have to remember, while ABC has been struggling with their Marvel shows in the ratings, Netflix has already launched two new series to both critical and fan praise: Daredevil and Jessica Jones. And although Agent Carter was far from a critical darling during it’s second season, it was a hit with critics during season one, before the show saw its location and cast changed up. So why not give the series a shot? Oddly enough, while ABC has been quick to put Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s full seasons on the streaming service shortly after they complete their airings, they have yet to release the first season of Agent Carter on the streaming service. This was something I argued in my most recent one shot, explaining why Netflix would make sense for the show’s potential third season. While the ratings were undeniably bad on ABC, it’s hard to gauge what they would have been had the network allowed the streaming service to host the first season. Shows such as Breaking Bad (AMC) and The 100 (CW) have proven that allowing a show to find a fan-base on Netflix does tend to offer up some improvement in the ratings department. Hell, CW has even given away digital downloads of the entire first seasons of critical darlings Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin to try and gain more viewership. And yet, ABC has done very little with Agent Carter. Releasing stills to the press a few days out from an episode’s airing along with a few clips here and there, and of course they’ve released a few exclusive posters for comic conventions, but outside of that? Not much else had been done to promote the show during its second season. (Again, this was something I touched on in my original write-up.)
Not giving the series time to grow, after making adjustments to the show’s make-up going into season two were easily two of the biggest mistakes the network made with Agent Carter. Of course, I understand that television is a business, and if you’re not getting viewers, you can’t continue to keep a show on the air… but given the network’s relationship with Netflix? Why not try and shop the series there? After all, ABC Studios produces Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders for the streaming service, and they’ll be behind The Punisher whenever that is released.
“But why does Agent Carter deserve a third season?” Even though it’s nice to have Jessica Jones on Netflix, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC which is led by Daisy Johnson, it’s hard to deny the importance of Agent Carter. Now, don’t get me wrong, Jessica Jones and Daisy Johnson are both incredibly important figures within the greater MCU, but Peggy Carter is one of the founders of S.H.I.E.L.D.. She’s a character that was the love interest to Steve Rogers/Captain America, sure, but she was also a hell of a lot more than that. She’s kick-ass, flawed, unapologetic/stubborn at times, charming, and one of the most fleshed out female characters within the MCU. We’ve seen her life before S.H.I.E.L.D., her life during S.H.I.E.L.D., and her life after S.H.I.E.L.D. and Steve. And yet, we have yet to actually see her help found the organization.
Will the petition work? There’s no guarantees, obviously. Is it worth a shot? Damn straight it is. Peggy deserves to see her story completely realized.
Interested in signing the petition? You can do so by heading over here.
Want to read my previous articles in support of Agent Carter? Links to all of them are below.