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Sholio ([personal profile] sholio) wrote2016-03-04 02:14 am

Agent Carter vid: Miracle and Wonder

Title: Miracle and Wonder
Fandom: Agent Carter
Song: The Boy in the Bubble
Artist: Paul Simon
Spoilers: all of seasons one and two; first Captain American movie
Summary: These are the days of miracle and wonder. Peggy and the SSR, doing what they do.

Streaming: https://vimeo.com/157705414
Downloads: 720px MP4 (78 Mb) | 1280px MP4 (129 Mb) | 1280px DivX (107 Mb)
(There are smaller download options at the Vimeo link.)



Agent Carter-Miracle and Wonder from Sholio on Vimeo.



"The Boy In The Bubble"

It was a slow day
And the sun was beating
On the soldiers by the side of the road
There was a bright light
A shattering of shop windows
The bomb in the baby carriage
Was wired to the radio

These are the days of miracle and wonder
This is the long distance call
The way the camera follows us in slo-mo
The way we look to us all
The way we look to a distant constellation
That's dying in a corner of the sky
These are the days of miracle and wonder
And don't cry baby, don't cry
Don't cry

It was a dry wind
And it swept across the desert
And it curled into the circle of birth
And the dead sand
Falling on the children
The mothers and the fathers
And the automatic earth
These are the days of miracle and wonder
This is the long distance call
The way the camera follows us in slo-mo
The way we look to us all
The way we look to a distant constellation
That's dying in a corner of the sky
These are the days of miracle and wonder
And don't cry baby, don't cry
Don't cry

It's a turn-around jump shot
It's everybody jump start
It's every generation throws a hero up the pop charts
Medicine is magical and magical is art
Thinking of the Boy in the Bubble
And the baby with the baboon heart

And I believe
These are the days of lasers in the jungle
Lasers in the jungle somewhere
Staccato signals of constant information
A loose affiliation of millionaires
And billionaires and baby
These are the days of miracle and wonder
This is the long distance call
The way the camera follows us in slo-mo
The way we look to us all
The way we look to a distant constellation
That's dying in a corner of the sky
These are the days of miracle and wonder
And don't cry baby, don't cry
Don't cry
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[personal profile] cathexys 2016-03-04 01:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, I liked!!!! Very nice tracing of her time line and emotional and professional states.
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[personal profile] synecdochic 2016-03-04 07:27 pm (UTC)(link)
I am braindead after a very long day, so I don't have very smart things to say about this, but I really enjoyed it! The motion was great and I really loved your clips->lyrics choice.
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[personal profile] synecdochic 2016-03-04 09:01 pm (UTC)(link)

Also: PEGGY.

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[personal profile] gwyn 2016-03-04 08:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh my gosh, this is cool--I used some of the lyrics to Boy in the Bubble for a tiny Steve goes to war fic I wrote a few months ago, and someone who read it said she couldn't get the song out of her head (I couldn't either), and that it needed to be a Marvel vid, and we both agreed and kept talking about that for weeks. And now look, it is!!! Yaaaaaay you!!!
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[personal profile] gwyn 2016-03-04 08:22 pm (UTC)(link)
Also, PS, how did you get the light rays with letters effect in your credits?
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[personal profile] kore 2016-03-05 05:41 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, that one was neat too. It's such a great song.
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[personal profile] kore 2016-03-08 07:16 am (UTC)(link)
Hee, I remember that from my sophomore year in college too -- it was WILDLY popular. Altho the album I had on loop then was Blue Bell Knoll and to this day if I hear the opening track, I get thrown back in time with all the concurrent FEELINGS, which is really disconcerting.
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[personal profile] kore 2016-03-04 10:18 pm (UTC)(link)
Aww, this is lovely. AND YOU CUT OFF THE FINAL THIRTY SECONDS <3333 Let's just imagine that's Daniel and Peggy at the door, and they all go out to Schwab's for sodas or something.
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[personal profile] kore 2016-03-05 05:42 am (UTC)(link)
An upbeat and bouncy vid needed an upbeat and bouncy ending!

It was just right!

AND CLEARLY NOTHING BAD HAPPENED WHEN JACK OPENED THE DOOR. IT WAS DANIEL AND PEGGY. OR A MAID. OR HOWARD STARK INVITING HIM TO SCHVITZ.
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[personal profile] kore 2016-03-08 07:16 am (UTC)(link)
My husband was watching the finale with me, and we were both totally unspoiled, and the moment Peggy told Jack he was a good man, T was like: "He's gonna die." Man.

-- I heard scuttlebutt there MAY be a season 3!!! ....then again, I've been fucking hearing we're going to get that last Person of Interest season for I don't know how many more months now. SIGH.
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[personal profile] kore 2016-03-08 08:10 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, the death in S3? That was really fucking bad. That really changed the show, fundamentally, and I thought it was a bad choice both creatively and in terms of representation. SIGH. And later on, the representation issue just got worse. And then something happened in S4 I really hated. But I finished it anyway....I dunno how I feel about the last truncated season. I feel like I got badly burned with those for Warehouse 13, Fringe, AND Continuum, so I'm not as excited about this as I might be. I think this whole trend of trying to cram endings of shows into 1/2 or 1/3 a season started maybe with....Farscape? Peacekeeper Wars? That wasn't bad, but boy, could you see which five-minute interlude could have been a full episode. Maybe there was something similar before then, but that was when I really noticed the idea of "let's bring it back and at least get an ending."
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[personal profile] kore 2016-03-08 08:50 am (UTC)(link)
I also heard just enough about the circumstances of her leaving to hate the WAY they took her off the show even more than I dreamed possible (maybe it's less awful if I actually watched the episode rather than just hearing about it? I dunno).

Ohhh man, I don't know. I was thoroughly spoiled for it and had discussed it with people and it STILL massively cheesed me off. In many ways.

And, yeah, she was such a lynchpin of the character dynamics for me

She was like the heart of the show! The moral compass! The only main character who wasn't really fucked-up! Altho THAT had its problems, especially in how she related to John later, but still, she was so down-to-earth and real and warm and the actress did an incredible job. When she was gone, a really different plot kicked in, and while I love Reese and Finch and the two main later characters, it was jut not the same at all.

she was literally the worst one to lose in so many ways -- the only female character among the founding characters, the only character of color, the only one who represented the lawful good perspective. Why you gotta do us like that, show?

BINGO, yeah. Also the only mother up til then, even tho we saw her son like maybe two or three times during the run. And they kept Fusco. And I love Fusco, the actor's great, but if it was a choice between him and Carter? Bye Fusco.

Yeah; it's not completely new (I can think of other shows that did it back in the '80s, usually with equally unfortunate results) but I think it took off with the Internet and the increased access of fans to TPTB.

Yeah, I think with all the "bring our show back" stuff which got a lot of publicity, it really became a Thing. I can see people wanting a final season to wrap everything up, but when it's so compressed and done in a big rush, I personally find it so unsatisfying, and it actually messes with my memory of the show. (This happened in a big way with Warehouse 13.)

I used to be firmly in the "I'd rather have a mediocre ending than be left forever with unanswered questions" camp, but I have come around on that in recent years -- partly to do with getting burned in nearly all cases, and partly to do with being in fandom and realizing that I'd rather write my own ending

YEAH, seriously. And once the mediocre ending is out there, I think a lot of people are more reluctant to write AU fic -- I love AUs that take off from canon and fix-it fics and variants and all that stuff, but I'm surprised that there seems to be less of it these days -- maybe I just don't know where to look. (I find AO3 kind of hard to search.)

(Which is another thing that makes me nervous about Agent Carter, because each additional season makes it more likely that corporate meddling and/or the showrunners' vision is going to take it in a direction I'd hate

SERIOUSLY. I would love for Peggy to get another season, because she's such a vibrant wonderful character, but not at the cost of feeling "well this was great but now it's retroactively damaged." One of my first fandoms was the X-Files, and I hated how bitter I got very late in the show when it was just so completely different from what I'd liked.
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[personal profile] kore 2016-03-08 08:22 am (UTC)(link)
The other spoiler I heard was that MAYBE S3 would be in London and feature more of Peggy's family? and I was just like OMG YES. (More flashbacks with her bro maybe? And maybe a current bro storyline too?) I dunno how they'd get all the current gang to London, though.

...I do have to admit the Show/Miniseries/TV Movie/Feature Film of my heart would be either Peggy from Bletchley to just before Project Rebirth, OR, Peggy after Steve's death with the Howlies, because they obviously went on a lot of missions together. I loved the ep with them in S1. Or Peggy building SHIELD with Howard, and maybe Jack and Daniel and whoever. Reading the Tiptree bio with how she came in on the building of the CIA was amazing, and I don't think there have actually been a lot of movies about women in intelligence lately altho I could be totally wrong there.


(Unrelatedly, my husband is like the TOTAL die-hard Steggy shipper and was slightly unhappy with Peggy/Sousa. "But you knew she got married after Steve died!" "But he JUST died. I thought that was LATER. And who says she's going to marry this guy anyway?")
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[personal profile] kore 2016-03-08 08:55 am (UTC)(link)
Actually, since each season has had a slightly different feel, and with the Michael Carter hints, it makes all kinds of sense for season 3 to have a cold-war-spy vibe, and take place in various glamorous European locations

I WOULD BE ON THAT LIKE WHITE ON RICE

for season three, having her in countries where she has no legal jurisdiction, pursuing her own investigation, would give us a new iteration of the "Peggy vs. The Man" vibe that the previous two seasons have had.

Oh, that would be great -- very Peggy too, she has her own moral compass, and doesn't question knocking down authority she thinks is corrupt. (OMG when she punched Evil Dude -- Vernon? -- in Sousa's office. That was glorious.)

... wait, is that James Tiptree? I had no idea whatsoever she was involved with the CIA! Details?

James Tiptree Jr., yes! She joined the Army in 1942 because she wanted to enlist under women officers, worked in photo intelligence, and second husband was in the CIA and she joined too in 1952, but resigned in 1955. My impression was she was one of the very few women there at that time and basically set up their surveillance branch, but I'd have to reread the bio to make sure. And apparently there was all that actual tussling between the FBI and OSS (which is basically SSR, down to the gadgets: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_of_Strategic_Services) and the OSS was split into different services and then kind of absorbed by the CIA, and SHIELD is kind of the superhero AU to the CIA, so it would be great to see Peggy right in the middle of all that turf-grabbing conflict.

still a little startled at how the first season of Agent Carter switched my allegiance entirely from re-imagining Peggy in various 21st century and/or time-travel situations that reunited her with Steve, Bucky, et al, to just wanting more of Peggy in her own time with her own people. Not that I wouldn't theoretically welcome a Peggy fixit that gave her a new lease on life in 2016, but then you'd have to deal with the fact that Jarvis and Angie and Daniel and Jack and EVERYBODY are all long dead and then suddenly it turns tragic.

Yeah, they handled that really beautifully -- Agent Carter S1 was kind of like Peggy's First Avenger, it really situated her in time and place and actually freed her character from Steve, where in TFA it was tragic because she thought he died and lost him, and then in TWS it was even MORE tragic (but thematic) that he came back but he'd lost her. S1 just completely blew all of that out of the water, and it was great.
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[personal profile] kore 2016-03-08 10:58 am (UTC)(link)
One thing I have SO many thoughts and feels about is how Agent Carter repositioned Peggy at the center, and made the 1940s part of the story about HER.

That was really amazing! I loved her from the start in TFA, but she was definitely not in the spotlight in that movie, so it was great to see that yes, this show is going to be about her and her life and choices.

the third one is unfinished) that mixes TFA footage with AC footage, and it has been an absolutely fascinating process to rearrange the TFA clips to reposition it in Peggy's POV, which is what I'm trying to do in all three cases. And it's subtle, that visual narrative POV -- it's whose face the camera lingers on, it's what order the reaction shots are shown in, it's whose face is in the center of the screen and who isn't; it's whose moments of weakness and doubt are seen, and whose aren't.

Oh wow, that does sound amazing. I love vids that look at the original source from a different perspective like that. Your talking about Engrenages also reminds me of the first time I saw Fury Road -- it was so non-exploitive, and the women really were front and center, and it was just an almost visceral difference. It really made me aware of how flipped around that usually is -- I take on the male gaze etc., just because it's the default and don't think about it. And then Furiosa was so obviously the HERO of Fury Road I was just blown back in my seat.
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[personal profile] kore 2016-03-08 09:05 am (UTC)(link)
Not that I wouldn't theoretically welcome a Peggy fixit that gave her a new lease on life in 2016, but then you'd have to deal with the fact that Jarvis and Angie and Daniel and Jack and EVERYBODY are all long dead and then suddenly it turns tragic.

Yeah, the problem for me with time travel or fix-it is she didn't know Steve or Bucky very long, and her relationships are obviously more with the Howlies and Howard and the SSR and her contemporary friends, her husband, her children/grandchildren, and so on. So the fix-it fic basically shoves the whole rest of her life aside so she can be with Steve. Steve and Peggy lose each other and have to go on without each other, and rebuild new lives they actually want, and it's like that's the triumph and tragedy for both of them -- there was a recent beautiful vid that really showed this, but of course I can't remember what it was or who did it. It emphasized both the sadness, and how they actually weren't defined by it. It's a very kind of wartime tragedy, to me.


(I DO headcanon that Peggy maybe gets some dream cure for Alzheimer's, or her brain was really messed with by SHIELD/HYDRA and can be undone somehow, because while it fits perfectly into the themes of TWS and mirrors poor Bucky's mind getting wiped, it's so awfully sad. But that's more a personal thing for me, I know other people who aren't as bothered by that.)
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[personal profile] kore 2016-03-08 10:55 am (UTC)(link)
YOU ARE ME. I love Steggy, but I really love it for that kind of lost bittersweet tragic quality. The moment there's a fix via time travel or cryogenics or what have you it loses a lot of that epic feeling for me and is more....just like a regular romance, I guess.

I forgot to say earlier a big thing I also LOVE about Agent Carter is Cooper's Howard -- he's awesome (and a lot like MCU Tony). The little we see of Howard in MCU is kind of awful, and I remember him actually being mean and alcoholic and abusive in at least some of the comics, so seeing him as a slick fast-talking charmer who enjoys Peggy putting him in his place was great. We did get that in TFA, but it was almost all focused on Steve. I could watch Jarvis and Peggy crisply disapproving of Howard in an affectionate way for an hour, easy.
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[personal profile] dhampyresa 2016-03-04 11:31 pm (UTC)(link)
This is great!
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[personal profile] norwich36 2016-03-05 06:16 am (UTC)(link)
I really loved this!
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[personal profile] selenak 2016-03-05 11:11 am (UTC)(link)
Fabulous, like Peggy and friends. :)
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[personal profile] sophia_sol 2016-03-06 01:58 am (UTC)(link)
I haven't watched any Agent Carter so I'm sure I'm missing nuances, but I really loved this vid!
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[personal profile] beatrice_otter 2016-03-09 04:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Lovely use of matching clips to lyrics.
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[personal profile] goodbyebird 2016-04-21 07:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Really enjoyed this lots!