Marvel's Agent Carter: Season One Declassified (Angent Carter) (英語) ハードカバー – 2015/6/23
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It's 1946; the war is over, but Peggy Carter has new battles to fight as the men return home. The love of her life -Steve Rogers -is gone, and Peggy is pinned with administrative work at her new job in the covert SS R (Strategic Scientific Reserve). She finds solace in secret missions from Howard Stark -but the missions are more dangerous than she knows. Hayley Atwell reprises her role as Peggy Carter in the show inspired by Marvel's feature films Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, along with the short Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter. In this collectible volume, go behind the scenes with production design, photographs and stills from the set -plus interviews with the cast and crew. Follow Peggy's journey in Marvel's Agent Carter: Season One Declassified as she navigates life as a single woman in an America still recovering from war.
I expected to be a bit disappointed with this book because Agent Carter only had 8 episodes to draw from as compared to SHIELD's 22. And yes, this book is noticeably shorter than SHIELD season 1, or any of the art books. And I I think the retail price should be lower to reflect that. Nevertheless, this book packs a lot into those pages and fewer episodes means an expected bonus- more in depth coverage of those episodes and how they were made. I had intended to merely flip through the book when it arrived but I became so engrossed I read it straight through.
The book opens with a charming foreword from Hayley Atwell, whose affection for the character she plays is strongly felt. Chapter one goes into detail on who Peggy is - from the various comic characters who inspired the final character, to her supporting roles in the MCU films, and finally as the protagonist of her own series. Readers learn how the cast and crew were assembled (see what I did there? ;-), with pages for every significant character and the actor who plays them, and a decent amount of coverage on how the show was marketed. In fact, the art books could takes cues from this!
Chapter two goes through each episode in detail. This includes not only the basic plot, but how it affected Peggy's character arc, small stories about the filming from the actors, and how it fit into the overall season. The episode coverage here is much better than the SHIELD season 1 book.
Chapter three goes behind the scenes of how the show was created, logistically. Stunts, lighting, editing, costume design, props, sound editing - they are all covered here. I liked this chapter the best because it had so much. A driving point is what a challenge it was to bring the show to the screen on a television budget. It quickly becomes apparent that Carter didn't have anywhere close to the budget that SHIELD had/has. And, it's all the more impressive what they accomplished as a result. Naturally, the book is filled with stunning photography of the cast and sets. The show has a deliberate vintage quality look, and the specifics of how that look was painstakingly created are fascinating. Chapter four closes out the book and is more of an afterword than a chapter.
Overall, this book was much better than I anticipated. Fans of the art books, or the SHIELD season 1 should enjoy Agent Carter. The book reminded me how much I enjoyed the show and am glad it was picked up for a second short season. Highly recommended.
The primary focus of the book is on the cast as well as the making of the series (see full table of contents below). The text is very well written - it's clear the author has a good understanding of the series. There are also many quotes from the actors and show runners.
Those who buy the Marvel books for the imagery will be pleased to know there is plenty of photography here, including many high-res shots taken of the set decoration as well as some important props/spy gear. On the other hand, those who are more interested in conceptual artwork might be disappointed - there are a dozen or so costume sketches and a bit of concept art, but not much when compared to the previous Marvel art and making-of books.
Table of Contents:
Foreword by Hayley Atwell
Chapter 1: My Name is Agent - An introduction that discusses the general details of how the series was conceived; it's connection to the comic books as well as the MCU movies; and the marketing/success of the show.
Chapter 2: From Script to Screen - This is the largest chapter of the book. It contains details about the story and case files on the major characters. The author provides an episode guide that takes us through all eight episodes of Season One, covering all the key events and how they were achieved.
Chapter 3: Modern Retro - This segment of the book will likely be most fascinating to those interested in the specifics of filmmaking. It explains a lot of the technical and creative aspects of the show, including things like visual effects and the musical themes. There are many pages dedicated to the production design of the show, which includes a lot of large photographs of some of the notable sets and props. Also included are some costume sketches.
Chapter 4: Sweet Dreams - A short epilogue that teases Agent carter's future appearances in the Marvel universe.
I really enjoyed the TV show and still would like to have a DVD of the series, but this is the next best thing for now. Making something like Agent Carter, with excellent and authentic "period' pieces and settings is far more difficult and expensive than the run of the mill Sitcom or (Gag!) "reality" series. From what I've heard, there will be a second season and I look forward to seeing it live, on DVD, and in another book like this.