Agent Carter: The Atomic Job
February 10, 2016 8:22 AM - Season 2, Episode 5 - Subscribe

As Jarvis' precision and quick-thinking skills are put to the ultimate test, Peggy must find a way to stop an atomic explosion that threatens to destroy all of California.
posted by Brandon Blatcher (29 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
I thought this was great! I loved Rose getting to do something! In some ways she's the opposite of Jarvis; she's had formal training and is officially part of the organization but never gets to work in the field, whereas he's just some unaffiliated guy's butler and he has all sorts of adventures. Rose was great! I liked her so much! Also she makes amazing pies! I love that a smart evil woman and a smart morally upright woman and a smart strong pudgy woman with no field experience* all got to do cool stuff in this episode!

I can't wait for the next episode! Dottie and Whitney facing off? IT WILL BE SO GREAT! As far as I'm concerned, the show might as well actually be called Dottie Whitney Peggy Rose and I guess you could add Jarvis because I like him too (and his recreational tie).

I just think this show is so much fun. It has the right amount of levity for me, the right amount of superhero/supernatural stuff (some, and it's interesting, but it's not the whole focus and most of the characters don't have powers), I really like the aesthetic, and I think they manage to make so many of the characters badass and the action sequences awesome in a way that's just so profoundly enjoyable for me. I am so glad it's on the air.

*Me if I were strong
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 9:07 AM on February 10, 2016 [15 favorites]


I can't disagree with any of Mrs. Pterodactyl's joyous comment. Though some of the plotting was a little weird. Why would Sousa *run* from Peggy? What is there to run from, where they even dating? Didn't think so?

Rose is pretty great, like an early era (and saner) Pam Poovey. Hopefully she gets more screen time, particularly since she's the front guard of the office.

The slow mo walk out was great, especially with scientist dude tripping.

Still not sure about the zero matter subplot, as it's not really clear what it does, other than make Whitney feel really powerful and controlling of her spouse.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 9:20 AM on February 10, 2016 [4 favorites]


And it helps Whitney absorb her enemies (and random animals), let's not forget that.
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 10:38 AM on February 10, 2016


There was an SNL skit a couple of years ago about Marvel making a movie called Marvel's Pam, and the joke was that it was a middle aged overweight lady starring in a comic book movie, and how ridiculously unbankable it would be (but Marvel would still make money off of it). But the immediate response to that in my nerd circles is that Marvel's Pam would be awesome, and we'd totally pay real money to see it.

So Rose is totally Marvel's Pam and it's awesome. I'd still watch that movie.

The real problem with the love triangle stuff (other than the fact that it's a love triangle at all), is that I can't get the impression that Peggy never really seemed that into Sousa in the first place. So Sousa comes off as even more of a dick - first he does the slow fade to Peggy Carter (Peggy didn't seem to realize that the relationship was really over in the first episode), then, when she shrugs and moves on, he can't manage to do the same. I don't even know what I'm supposed to be getting from that relationship.
posted by dinty_moore at 12:27 PM on February 10, 2016 [6 favorites]


As an overweight woman named Rose with curly hair, I loved this episode. I wish I had scene it as a kid because positive portrayals of large women kicking ass were non-existent.

I thought Dr. Samberly was a forerunner of having field trained science personnel and even the idea behind the shield nerd academy Fitz and Simmons went to.
posted by toomanycurls at 12:37 PM on February 10, 2016 [3 favorites]


Peggy Carter called Leland Palmer an "arrogant plonker". Bliss.
posted by sobarel at 12:39 PM on February 10, 2016 [8 favorites]


MARVEL'S PAM 2: THE WINTER PAM

I, too, would go to see Marvel's Rose / Pam multiple times in theaters.
posted by nicebookrack at 12:43 PM on February 10, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'm thinking that Whitney Frost and Dr. Wilkes have some sort of quantum physics tug-of-war going on, with Zero Matter acting as the rope. When Wilkes absorbed the tiny bit of Zero Matter, he momentarily became tangible; but when Frost absorbed a whole bunch of it from the corpse, Wilkes completely vanished.

Loved seeing Rose and Matt Braunger's character get their chance to shine, Rose especially. I've thought for a long time that one of the keys to getting better representation on TV and movies for people of all body types was to simply show them being attractive on their own (Get a load of Rose! She's a cute redhead in cat-eye glasses who knows how to surf and throw a punch!), and to show other characters being attracted to them. It's not a hard thing to keep in mind where writing or casting is concerned, but you don't see it happen very often in mainstream productions.
posted by Strange Interlude at 1:04 PM on February 10, 2016 [1 favorite]


Pam (Rose) (80%)
Cyril (Jarvis) (60%)
Lana (Carter) (70%)
Krieger (Samberly) (60%)
Archer (Sousa) (0%)
posted by FallowKing at 1:28 PM on February 10, 2016


Carter...... Carter!!! ......... Danger Zone!!!
posted by Pendragon at 1:44 PM on February 10, 2016 [1 favorite]


I know this makes me a deeply shallow woman but can we talk about Peggy in disguise with the bangs? Oh my god, that hairstyle almost killed me.
posted by skycrashesdown at 2:03 PM on February 10, 2016 [8 favorites]


*applies memory wipe probes to skycrashesdown's temples*
posted by sobarel at 2:10 PM on February 10, 2016 [3 favorites]


Rose gesticulating with the brass knuckles/knife when trying to give Samberly a pep talk was one of my favorite sight gags I've seen on TV in a long time.
posted by dinty_moore at 3:39 PM on February 10, 2016 [3 favorites]


CAVALCADE OF 1940s PANTSUITS!


Also, Peggy's red top/navy slacks number was especially fierce in a show full of outstanding costuming.


It almost, almost makes up for Sousa's aloha shirt and linen jacket combo from a couple of episodes ago.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 4:21 PM on February 10, 2016 [1 favorite]


CAVALCADE OF 1940s PANTSUITS!

Better than Iris's hideous pantsuit from this week's Flash.

I've mainlined this series of Agent Carter since Sunday, and I love the tone they've struck.
I think it's even better than the first series.
posted by Mezentian at 5:58 AM on February 11, 2016


idk what love triangle you guys are talking about because the only people in love on this show are Peggy and Dottie
posted by poffin boffin at 1:54 PM on February 11, 2016 [6 favorites]


I know this makes me a deeply shallow woman but can we talk about Peggy in disguise with the bangs? Oh my god, that hairstyle almost killed me.

I had an EXTREMELY LIMBIC RESPONSE to those bangs.
posted by KathrynT at 10:37 PM on February 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


if that means your pants did the limbo then yes i concur
posted by poffin boffin at 7:14 AM on February 12, 2016 [3 favorites]


Her accent melted my brain there at least as much as the bangs. It totally changes how the character reads to me - which is, I suppose, the point.
posted by restless_nomad at 4:45 PM on February 12, 2016


If Hayley Atwell does end up starring in a new non-Marvel show next year I would be okay with a spin-off about Rose balancing field work with the talent agency.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 6:54 AM on February 13, 2016 [2 favorites]


Great show in general, but can I just say how wonderful it is to see two RoboCop bad guys in the same episode? Because that's wonderful.
posted by brundlefly at 1:54 AM on February 15, 2016


Can we talk about how great it is that Matt Braunger is on this show now as a wonderfully Matt Braunger-like oddball?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:39 AM on February 15, 2016


I really wanted Sousa to tell his fiance, "Well, yeah, I mean, sure I have a crush on Peggy. Christ on a cracker, woman, you've met her. Do you not have a crush on her? Everybody has a crush on her. She's the best. But we're cool. We're still getting married. Don't worry."
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:42 AM on February 15, 2016 [7 favorites]


catching up:
OMG
ROSE
YES
posted by wintersweet at 8:20 PM on February 16, 2016


P. S. I've seen a lot of TV shows and movies where ill-prepared people are dealing with bombs. Usually they're pretty cool. Sometimes they're nervous or stressed or sweating. But I've never seen anyone say they felt sick. Waves of nausea? Yeah, pretty sure I'd be right there.
posted by wintersweet at 8:38 PM on February 16, 2016


The injury caused some serious eyerolling here: like you just walk away from falling 20+ feet and impaling yourself on a length of rebar? And then alright, it didn't hit anything important and you'll probably be OK after a few days of bed rest? OH PLEASE.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 12:08 PM on February 17, 2016 [2 favorites]


I think of it as one of the show's occasional reminders that this isn't just a period sci-fi/action show but does in fact take place in a comic book superhero universe.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 12:45 PM on February 17, 2016


The injury caused some serious eyerolling here: like you just walk away from falling 20+ feet and impaling yourself on a length of rebar? And then alright, it didn't hit anything important and you'll probably be OK after a few days of bed rest? OH PLEASE.

It was the lack of scream or any sign that she had BEEN STABBED THROUGH HER BODY, that made me go "oh come on." Peggy's tough, yeah, but she's human. We scream when stabbed. Or at least grunt.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:06 PM on February 17, 2016 [2 favorites]


Peggy's injury reminded me of Cordelia having the same thing happen to her on Buffy. I highly doubt you can miss all vital organs on your torso--it's MADE UP OF all vital organs, crammed in together! Also, Peggy doesn't have enough episodes to recover like a normal person, so.... comic book.

The power walk...with tripping....was great.

Petty's "Wanda" impersonation and the plonker remark were delightful.

I seriously wonder if Leland Palmer has any brain function left after she shocked him like what, six times?! Brain damage, indeed!

You guys are wrong about Rose being Pam Poovey. She is clearly a 1940's version of Penelope Garcia. (Though Penelope is usually blonde, she did have a redhead phase.) I have no doubt that Penelope would be Rose if transported in time, and vice versa. I'm gonna pretend that Rose is Penelope's grandma. Seriously, both work for secret government agencies, usually behind a desk but still badass, like big glasses, curly hair and nice outfits....
posted by jenfullmoon at 8:18 PM on February 18, 2016


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