Agent Carter: A View in the Dark
January 20, 2016 5:49 PM - Season 2, Episode 2 - Subscribe

The murder investigation continues; Dr. Wilkes assists in infiltrating Isodyne Energy, with disastrous results.
posted by oh yeah! (17 comments total)
 
Agent Carter is the best character and best show in the Marvel Universe. I hope they can keep it up!
posted by pjsky at 7:01 PM on January 20, 2016 [2 favorites]


I don't know, I had mixed feelings on this two-hour premiere. On the one hand, every moment of Jarvis+Peggy was a delight (not to mention Jarvis vs the flamingo, and "I shall be a beacon of justice"). But the introduction of a Sousa love triangle was not.

And after all the talk about how there was going to be more diversity in casting for S2, I ended the episode feeling "Writers, did you really introduce a black love interest just so you could fridge him in one episode?". Both recaps say that Reggie Austin is in the whole season, so, I guess he's just comic-book dead and will be back next week somehow because of dark matter. But it was a very WTF experience on first viewing.
posted by oh yeah! at 7:41 PM on January 20, 2016


I don't want to spill too much that might be spoilery, but based on the details they put out in promos last year Reggie Austin is totally not dead and may in fact be somebody from the comics I've been hoping to see in the MCU for a while.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 5:08 AM on January 21, 2016


Also, this is the second straight time Peggy's late-night visit to a science institute with a dark secret has ended in explody fashion. It's becoming a habit of hers.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 5:09 AM on January 21, 2016


The FBI guy (dad from That '70's Show) who's mentoring the boring jerk from Gilmore Girls is going to turn out to be part of the shadowy cabal, right? He's clearly steering events in a creepy way and it would explain why he wants custody of Dottie if she's stealing pins linked with his Illuminati rip-off friends plus it makes sense; if they want one person to be a Senator, head of the FBI is the kind of position they'd want too.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 7:41 AM on January 21, 2016


Yeah 70s dad is definitely Hydra. i mean surely.
posted by poffin boffin at 8:50 AM on January 21, 2016


I wonder if they were so keen on the zero matter at first because they thought it was the black goo/obelisk from Agents of SHIELD, and now that they've realized it's different black goo that just happens to reuse the same CGI effect because ABC's not made of money they've lost all interest.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 8:55 AM on January 21, 2016 [6 favorites]


Yeah, Peggy does have a particular affinity for making science explode. Almost as strong as Howard's penchant in that direction.

I'm fairly sure the pins are intended to be evocative of the old-Hydra sigil from Agents of Shield, yes.

I also continue to want all of Peggy's outfits; between this and my slow drip-feed of Miss Fisher, the fictional past is beautifully well-dressed.
posted by tautological at 2:18 PM on January 21, 2016 [2 favorites]


Not even evocative, the same symbol is on the wall in the Old White Cabal meeting room, definitely the same symbol on Astronaut Guy's suit that Fitz discovered was the Hydra symbol on AoS. I didn't realize I was missing AoS because its so bland, but I was stoked to see the both series connected that way.

Really enjoyed this two parter, thought Reggie Austin had great charisma and seemed to make some specific acting choices that worked well, glad to hear he is staying on the show. Gave off a young Michael Dorn vibe. The Jarvis couple was a bit stagy (I swear Jarvis straight up mugged at, not for, the camera at the race track)but still entertaining.

As for the black goo, is that the 3rd magic goo that has appeared on CBS Marvel shows or are they all strains of the same goo?
posted by kittensofthenight at 5:03 PM on January 21, 2016 [1 favorite]


As for the black goo, is that the 3rd magic goo that has appeared on CBS Marvel shows or are they all strains of the same goo?

It's ABC and the black goo is all the same stuff, but it affects people and things differently. So, it's a great writing device, heh!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:37 PM on January 21, 2016


Apparently Zero Matter is Darkforce, which we've only seen in one episode of AoS so far. In the film of the breach it looked like Darkforce, but the contained Zero Matter in the box reminded me more of Gravitonium.

If he's alive, I suppose Wilkes could turn into one of these folks (except Blackout.)
posted by homunculus at 12:53 AM on January 22, 2016


I had hopes for a thoughtful and refreshing Carter/Sousa relationship and am sorely disappointed that they are shaping up to become the Fitz-Simmons of the 40s. The triangle (perhaps a rectangle with Dr. Wilkes involved/still alive) sends a message I'm tired of hearing: take the offers when you get them because he'll instantly find someone else. With her three love interests a Capsicle, engaged, and swallowed by Zero Matter (?), Peggy has a rather shitty romance thread. I'd be okay with this if she just weren't interested in romance but they keep taking it away from her as if it is too much for her to be a bad ass agent and enjoy a fruitful love life.
posted by toomanycurls at 8:31 AM on January 22, 2016


I think the cabal may be a sub-HYDRA but it's HYDRA of one sort or another.

As for Wilkes, I haven't seen any previews, but the first thing we said at our house was "he just had an Origin", and that was well before we got back to seeing the Zero Matter in Whitney Frost's head or whatever exactly that was. I had to look Wilkes up to see who he was, and it doesn't look like he's anybody specific yet (though he will be, clearly) but yeah, that was an Origin.
posted by immlass at 9:49 AM on January 22, 2016


Is it just me, or does Jarvis' wife have a wildly oscillating accent? I can't pick what it's supposed to be - at times during this episode it seemed mostly Irish, then went a bit Eastern Bloc before veering into the South of US.
posted by coriolisdave at 11:15 PM on January 23, 2016 [2 favorites]


I had hopes for a thoughtful and refreshing Carter/Sousa relationship and am sorely disappointed that they are shaping up to become the Fitz-Simmons of the 40s.

I hear ya, but I was pleased that they still obviously work so well together and that Peggy went and got her swirl on.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:37 AM on January 24, 2016


Holy shit, it just occurred to me. A black male and white woman struck by Darkforce, that's the MO of Cloak and Dagger. Probably a coincidence but still!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:08 PM on January 26, 2016


With her three love interests a Capsicle, engaged, and swallowed by Zero Matter (?), Peggy has a rather shitty romance thread.

At least she still has Angie. (Presumably back in the Stark mansion in NYC working on her acting career and waiting for Peggy to come home already.)
posted by Karmakaze at 1:33 PM on January 27, 2016


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