Marvel's Agent Carter Season 2 Premiere Review: Better, Stronger, Faster

Marvel's Agent Carter S02E01/S02E02: "The Lady in the Lake" and "A View in the Dark"

When it debuted a year ago, Marvel's Agent Carter was the first major project within the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be headlined by a woman. Hayley Atwell's Peggy Carter is thankfully no longer alone in that regard following the lauded debut of Marvel's Jessica Jones on Netflix, but the two-hour premiere of Agent Carter's second season only provided further evidence that the MCU and television in general could benefit from having more permanent female-oriented projects in this vein. Agent Carter's fairly short episode order—the show only bridges the gap between Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s fall and spring runs—is no doubt an integral part of what keeps it a tight, well-rounded romp through the spy world of the 1940s, and no one wants to see the series go the way of CBS's Supergirl, which is trying but has failed repeatedly and very loudly to portray a positive role model for young women while also developing complex stories that appeal to viewers of all ages. But Marvel's Agent Carter is so consistently good at what it does that it makes sense we'd yearn for more time with the series' titular heroine, or at the very least, someone of similar reputation. And although it seems impossible, after just two hours, Season 2 has already improved upon what was already pretty damn great.

At the end of Season 1, Peggy successfully saved New York from a hypnotized Howard Stark and had no problem with Chad Michael Murray's Agent Jack Thompson taking all the credit because she knew her worth and didn't need anyone, let alone a man, to validate it for her. She also found a way to come to terms with the loss of her relationship with Steve Rogers and was able to face her future without regrets, something that helped to cement the idea that the first season was only the beginning of Peggy's story. When ABC ordered a second season despite the series' low ratings, it was a vote of confidence that said the network believed in the series, agreed that Peggy's time in the Strategic Scientific Reserve after World War II was worth exploring, and that what we'd seen was only the tip of the iceberg. The relocation to Los Angeles this season has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for the character and for the series, namely plenty of jokes about Hollywood, a running gag about Jarvis and a stubborn flamingo, and a new mystery involving Zero Matter, a possibly extraterrestrial substance responsible for a series of mysterious deaths and something that could potentially, probably destroy the world if it fell into the wrong hands. So, you know, business as usual.

"The Lady in the Lake" and "A View in the Dark," while mostly setting the stage for the rest of the season, also opened right in the middle of the action following a brief time-jump, which meant there was already a West Coast bureau of the S.S.R. that was up and running with Enver Gjokaj's Daniel Sousa as chief. That time jump also paved the way for Sousa to be involved in a committed relationship with someone who wasn't Peggy, a development that has already produced some of the emotional turmoil necessary to prolong the will-they-won't-they dance Peggy and Sousa have been doing for a while now. Sousa was ready to propose to his girlfriend before Thompson sent Peggy to L.A. so he could be top dog in New York, but Sousa's angry meltdown after Peggy disappeared in the second hour of the season premiere said enough without him having to say anything. 

So there were several logistical and emotional reasons for the the jump to 1947 and the move to Los Angeles, but it was also something that was necessary in order for the series' to expand its world beyond New York. The exciting opening scene in which Peggy and the S.S.R. captured Bridget Regan's Dottie Underwood was a perfect summary of everything fans loved about Peggy and about Agent Carter in its first season—two smart, capable women faced off and kicked ass while the men stayed behind and held down the rest of the fort—but it was merely a stepping stone. Dottie is an interesting character with a wealth of backstory worthy of exploration, but so long as Peggy is moving forward, the series should too. Dottie is part of this world, but she isn't the center of it, and although she was left in New York with Thompson while Peggy relocated to L.A., she was connected to what was happening there by the lapel pin she attempted to steal out of the safety deposit box in New York. It was identical to a pin Peggy found in the car of the men trying to kill Dr. Jason Wilkes (Reggie Austin) for knowing too much about what was going on at Calvin Chadwick's (Currie Graham) Isodyne Energy, which was the research lab that discovered Zero Matter after a failed atomic test in the desert.

What this means is that the story of Agent Carter this season is much bigger than just Wilkes and Isodyne and Chadwick. It's bigger than just Dottie and Peggy and Thompson's obvious insecurities about being threatened by Peggy. It extends far beyond all of that to the larger MCU and the secret council of rich, white dudes calling all the shots, a secret council that appears to be the 1947 version of a Los Angeles-based Hydra cell, or, at the very least, a group of men that will eventually become or forge a connection to Hydra. We can assume this because the pin that Peggy found had a symbol similar to the one of Project Distant Star Return, a NASA project orchestrated under Hydra's control that was featured prominently in the first half of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s third season. 

Fans of both shows likely would have made the Hydra connection easily, as the history of the symbol was laid out on S.H.I.E.L.D., but what exactly the men have to do with the mystery of Zero Matter moving forward remains unclear since they decided to shut down the entire operation, a decision that was made before Chadwick's wife, movie star Whitney Frost (Wynn Everett), was exposed to it. Whitney has turned out to be another formidable woman in a long list of formidable women, and we know that she's been judged by her looks all her life—the director of her latest film referred to her as an older woman and told her to skip lunch so she looked thin in the movie—but now thanks to Zero Matter she potentially has power she's never had before, and so the question becomes: What will she do with it? How will this affect her? (A quick Google search will hint at the probable answer.) And now that the series has gotten all of the table-setting out of the way, we can get down to business and I'm excited to see where we go next.

Of course, the two-hour premiere was not all fist fights and shoot outs and power struggles. One of the things that Agent Carter does considerably better than the series it's replacing for two months on ABC's schedule is blend light-hearted comedy and drama. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will crack some jokes and Hunter is always good for a dose of levity, but you'd never see him chasing down a flamingo the way Jarvis was seen doing, for instance. Agent Carter is a light series with just enough darkness and murder and espionage to make it engaging and thrilling from week to week, but its willingness to have a little fun, to indulge in the lighter aspects of its story is what sets it apart from the rest of Marvel's television series. 

Most of that humor and charm is the product of Peggy's relationship with Jarvis (James D'Arcy), and the addition of Jarvis' wife Ana (Outlander's Lotte Verbeek) this season, has only added to what was already a fruitful relationship dynamic. But more importantly, the addition of Ana has given Peggy a female friend and confidant in L.A., someone she can talk to and interact with who isn't competition since Lyndsy Fonseca's Angie won't appear in Season 2. And as long as we're on the subject of female relationships, women were unsurprisingly once again front and center this season. From Peggy to Ana to Dottie and Whitney, every single woman served a purpose beyond looking pretty and aiding the men in their lives. They were confident, powerful, and in total control, and the writing allowed for that to come through via their actions and reactions, not necessarily through a speech about feminism or by voicing displeasure with their male-dominated environments (ahem, Supergirl). Even Peggy and Sousa's new girlfriend hit it off right off the bat. A lesser series would have pitted them against one another and made them cat-fighting enemies, but not here. 

It should also be noted that in addition to Agent Carter's treatment of women and expert handling of the sexism of the era, the series touched on the existence of racial inequality without making it headline news. For instance, Peggy and Jason met at the Dunbar Hotel, a real establishment in Los Angeles in which interracial couples were able to mingle without issue. There was also Jason's story of why he was loyal to Isodyne—they were the one company that offered him a job as a scientist after the war—and although both of these details were minor, they were smart and smooth ways to incorporate something authentic to the world in which the series is set without making it feel like an agenda. It never detracted from the mission at hand, it just was. And although it's a sad reminder of our past, it would have been far more offensive if the series had ignored it altogether.

Zero Matter devours all the energy surrounding it and it's unclear how it's really affected Whitney's body, or if Jason even died in the blast at Isodyne, but Agent Carter's two-hour premiere has set up yet another mission that has already proven to be even more exciting than last season's involving Howard Stark and Midnight Oil. The series is standing on firmer ground this time around and feels more comfortable in its skin, both in terms of the handling of the central case and in the way the characters have been written. Like Jarvis, the series has grown more confident over time, and there's a real understanding of the necessity of a voice like Peggy's in today's popular culture, something that's interesting to note simply because the series is set in the 1940s but feels incredibly familiar to our world in 2016. Sexism and racism still exist, Los Angeles is still full of terrible drivers, but as long as we've got Peggy Carter, maybe there's hope yet.



NOTES

– The series hasn't fully abandoned the New York office and Agent Thompson. It'll be interesting to see where his story arc goes in the future, but I have to admit, I'm not as interested in it, even though Kurtwood Smith plays a role. I'm worried it will make the series feel a little uneven. We'll see how it plays out.

– SPOILER ALERT: In the comics, Whitney Frost is the name of the villain Madame Masque. Do with that what you will. Zero Matter is also what the series calls Darkforce, which will tie-in to Doctor Strange and was once seen in an episode of S.H.I.E.L.D..

– “Ms. Carter you have no idea how foreign Los Angeles will seem to a civilized person such as yourself. They eat avocados. With everything. The foliage is preposterous. Take the palm tree: would you trust the structural integrity of such a thing? They offer no shade. Everybody says it’s a very dry heat but that doesn’t mean it isn’t unbearably hot. And worst of all, the drivers are both abundant and abundantly irresponsible.”

– “Sometimes a three-hour time difference feels like a lifetime.” 

– “He’s the devil in pink.”

– “What do you do for relaxation? Assemble rifles?”

– “Aside from danger, my middle name is charm.” 

– “Who’s that clown?” “Someone learning a hard lesson in rejection.”


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Feb 04, 2016
The show was great last year and is great again. But their going cheap by using the same CGI of that "blob" on Shield for the Zero-Matter here detracted from the show's sense of realism.
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Jan 27, 2016
I like Peggy because she is badass, not because she is a woman and a badass.
This season seems more interesting than the first, I hope it continues.
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Jan 24, 2016
Won't lie, it took me a while (had to rewatch some Shield episodes) to make this connection.

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Jan 23, 2016
I enjoyed the second more than the first which seemed kind of long. I spent some of the episode (for some reason I don't do a lot of research on this one I just try and guess based on my general knowledge from Aos and other Marvel stuff) going is that the gooey stuff they found in season one or was this some sort of non concrete version of the portal. Or that we might have met a new Aos character when they rescue Jason from the foreign planet. Or whatever.

I presume this is the beginning of Shield (so I don't trust Kurtwood Smith) and we are watching whatever the post height of Hydra is. Or like the council that claims they are just the people who claim they are trying to save the Inhuman thing.
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Jan 22, 2016
The only 2 things that are wrong with this are: no Lynsey Fonseca; and still Chad Michael Murray. Dottie needs to escape and f̶l̶i̶r̶t̶ ̶w̶i̶t̶h̶ ̶P̶e̶g̶g̶y̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶L̶A̶ inveigle her way into the investigation/Peggy's life.
Ana is my favourite new character, and the Bernard/Jarvis feud is awesome.
Also Hayley Atwell is a goddess, and I have a serious boycrush on Enver Gjokaj.
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Jan 22, 2016
For the moment I'm not as much into it as I was for the 1st season. I miss the part with Carter being a star hidden in SSR and plotting with Stark "against" her colleagues. All the "double" agent's part!!
But it's still good with a lot of humor, action and all.
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Jan 22, 2016
Good to be back into Agent Carter! Peggy is badass as usual!
Jarvis looking boss in that wrestling attire and loved his sneak attack.
"Do you wanna be thunderstruck?" I'm gonna try using this line
Bernard is my new favorite character!
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Jan 22, 2016
That was great, especially ep 2, where it really got going!

Anybody else thinks there's something fishy about the nurse?
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Jan 23, 2016
Oh hells yes, she's way too perfect/understanding.
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Jan 22, 2016
Of course there is something fishy about her, she a spy for the bad guys!!
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Jan 21, 2016
In the season 1 premier I had a feeling of something fresh and it had presence as Carter walked down the street in her red hat. The term I considered right was Moxie. Carter has moxie. The start of this season a woman with a red hat walked and I didn't get that feeling. I thought somethings wrong. I didn't realize it was Dotty until the bank.

Two episode I don't get a big bang of that Moxie feeling. Instead I get a steady flow of the feeling in the two episode so its still good.

The show is fresh and funny I love the new characters Mrs Jarvis and her friendship Carter is good.

Can someone tell me though why Souza is Steve Rogers without the super soldier serum?

I don't mind loosing the chauvinist character Chad Michael Murray sorry Lucas but your guy is annoying as F. That said I hope They bring Bridgit Reagan back.
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Jan 21, 2016
Finally caught it last night. I enjoyed it.

I'm torn with the whole Zero Matter thing. On one hand, it seems like it would have been a cool separate type of material on its own with some qualities that separated it.

On the other hand, the similarities it shares with the Monolith are too similar to dismiss: liquid -& solid -& liquid, black, it sent "stuff' somewhere, etc.

I'd be fine with the two being unrelated, but since they have so much in common I guess we'll find out the Monolith was a super-stable isotope of Zero Matter or something.
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Jan 21, 2016
Is it just me or did anyone else have that nagging in their mind that said, that maybe Violet is another Dottie? She seems a little too eager when it comes to Sousa.

Then again: Maybe it's just the actresses. They both have relatively sharp facial features and my overactive brain made some sort of connection via that similarity...

Anyway. It's good to have it back. I missed the show.
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Jan 21, 2016
Fantastic start, and I hope they've given Ray Wise something interesting to do.
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Jan 21, 2016
"Agent Carter's second season only provided further evidence that the MCU and television in general could benefit from having more permanent female-oriented projects in this vein."

Why? How? Agent Carter isn't successful because it has a female lead. Agent Carter is successful because she is a genuinely interesting character being played by a terrific actress!

What Peggy Carter is is far less important than who she is. The same can be said of Jessica Jones.
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Jan 21, 2016
Loved the season premiere...Zero matter made me think of Simmons and she getting stuck in another world, by the same matter...so it was fun to watch the begin process of the matter.
Loved Dottie...she is so evil and fun..
Peggy was as always awesome! Jarvis was really funny too..
Great begin of the season!
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Jan 21, 2016
I loved those episodes! But I've heard that the ratings were awful, so I am sure this will be the last Carter season. Shame, this is a show I am happy to watch
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Jan 21, 2016
I love Agent Carter. It is SO GOOD. Well written, excellent acting. And the fact that it is a 8-episode series plays in it's advantage... something that Agents of Shield learned the hard way. While Shield used to try to make a story work out for twenty-something episodes, Carter clearly knows where it starts, how it will develop, and how it will end; and that's so good because there will be no waste. No filler episode, no stand-alone episodes that may or may not have consequences in the future events. That is one the things I love the most about Agent Carter: it knows who it is, where it is going and how it will end.

And I laughed my ass off so many times. Peggy and Jarvis are the best. And now Ana, too.

PS. Kaitlin Thomas, it is a real pleasure reading you. The way you write, the way you connect your ideas with the things that happened in the episode(s), it's amazing. So fluent, natural and not forced at all. It is so easy to read your writing (and I mean that as a good thing). Thank you. Look forward to keep reading you through this season.
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Jan 21, 2016
I like how Mrs. Jarvis wasn't even a little upset when she found Jarvis and Peggy in that position, if I was her, I'd probably be screaming.
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Jan 21, 2016
Very very refreshing take, I was just waiting for other shoe to drop. I think she will join them in adventure any time now
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Jan 21, 2016
This was an amazing premiere! The whole safe trap started off with a bang, and the whole two hours unrolled like a mini-movie. I loved it!
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Jan 21, 2016
Unlike many folks out there, I genuinely liked the first season of Agent Carter. It was entertaining and well done. Agent Carter is set in WW2 era and the writing actually reflected a lot of the aspect of that era, including the male, macho chauvinistic bravado bull fertilizer and other idiosyncrasies which is associated with these times.

Season 2 started off with a bang, the first 2 episodes are quite good. Love the tie-in to SHIELD, Zero Energy is really something associated with Shield.. they call it Dark Force, and Marcus Daniels became Blackout, Dark Force energy made him insane, and powerful.

And it seems this DarkForce energy will be in the soon to come Doctor Strange movie... this gets interesting.. :)
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Jan 21, 2016
I liked Angie but i love Ana so far.
Jarvis Poking Peggy was far funnier than it should have been
Dottie owning Thompson in the interrogation room was cool
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Jan 21, 2016
So glad they toned down the "Peggy Carter does everything better" theme that they did last year. Season 1 was good, but the face that they turned the male characters of the SSR into morons until the last two episodes kind of hurt Peggy as a hyper-competent badass. I did enjoy that Peggy's frustration of the sexism of the 40s was directly addressed once and only once last season;

(Men: Why did you go behind our backs and help Stark?
Peggy: Because I know he's innocent and know how prove it, but all you've had me do is go get coffee for you because 1940's sexism.
Men: Oh, right. Ok, you can be part of the team.
Peggy: About bloody time. (Saves the world))

and since then have been only subtly hinting the displeasure (such as Thompson getting all the credit for Sousa and Carter's work) rather beating us over the head with "women are just as good as men" speeches that Supergirl has been giving us since the pilot. ("Don't underestimate me because I'm a woman" seems to be Supergirl's official battle cry now.)

Jarvis was already my favorite character, but his subplot with the "devil in pink" is hilarious and make me love him even more. I also love that Jarvis's wife is shown on screen and she's not at all what I expected. (I guess "young Maggie Smith" came into my head when I tried to envision her; British, pretty (but not as pretty as Peggy) and dressed conservatively, occasionally showing affection to her husband by pecking him on the cheek, not a hot, flamboyantly dressed woman who makes out with Jarvis every chance she gets. I also liked that she addressed the expectations vs reality right after she was introduced. Kudos)
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Jan 20, 2016
ROFL that darn flamingo, hope we see more it ;)
LOVE this show and loving this new season.
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Jan 20, 2016
The first episode had standup comic Matt Braunger as an SSR scientist who was lonely, the second had standup comic Randy Sklar as a movie director who was cruel about the actress' lines on her face. Will the third episode have Hannibal Buress as Dr. Wilkes' brother, or Emily Heller as a car hop?

I liked these episodes, but I surely didn't love them they way I did season 1, they feel like they took too long to get to a story that worked by the last half of episode 2. Writing feels a little less polished. The production is "cute" - I recognize a lot of LA here - but feels even more claustrophobic than season 1's New York, shots of Isodyne feel like they're trying real hard not to show that 5 feet offscreen is an electric car charging station. Perhaps that's budget.

Why is it that Carter is the only remotely competent person still? I think that's partly a problem of this show's inability to move Peggy forward in her career. She's a legend in the future, she starts SHIELD, and yet here she's still a lone agent flailing about with nobody to get her back and trust her, feeling miles away from someone that will take the SSR and hone it into SHIELD. The SSR still feels incompetent, and it makes Peggy look like she's not effective putting up with that.

That story about why Jason was hired by Isodyne was solid character work, but how does it fit within this universe? Why would evil scumbags who run this company reach out like that? There may be a reason, but the show hasn't conveyed it properly and that's a shame.

How did the mistress get the Zero Matter energy, and how did she transfer it to the cop? That was kind of a mess, and it's just too bad the story writing can't keep up with the character writing.
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Jan 20, 2016
I was just starting to get mildly annoyed that they might ignore the rampant racism that would've existed then, as Jason wouldn't've even been allowed in the door of a club like that in those days, but then they did go into real depth about his past and the donut douche showed up, and I read here about the Dunbar. I'm so glad they tackled it properly. As they didn't show Jason actually dying, I hope we'll see him again.
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Jan 20, 2016
Agent Carter is a quality feminist statement not because of what she says, but because of what she does - that's where Supergirl falls down while Agent Carter stands tall. Peggy isn't championing and preaching while showing a limp noodle of a character, she's not a phony crusader, she's just doing her job and written as a character with integrity, ability, and self-worth.
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Jan 21, 2016
Supergirl herself has toned down the feminist speeches since the Livewire episode, but Cat in particular grates on me because all she is is a feminist soapbox. EVERY episode has her comparing herself to men. Occasionally the speeches are well done and relate to the subject matter of the episode, but 80% of the time it's just her saying "I'm powerful and I'm a woman, and if you work really hard you can be just like me" and it's SOOO annoying after 10 episodes. ("Blood Bonds" is the only exception because Cat spent the whole time trying to get Kara to admit she's Supergirl.)
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Jan 20, 2016
Sadly, last night's ratings:

"Marvel's Agents Carter" (3.255 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10)
The second hour of "Marvel's Agents Carter" (3.024 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11)

I imagine this will be its last year based on that.
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Jan 20, 2016
Enver Gjokaj, can anyone tell me how to correctly pronounce that? I love this guy since Dollhouse. Only watched the first one last night. It was pretty good, but nothing better than last season. I'm in though...
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Jan 20, 2016
Enver is pronounced as it reads. Gjokaj is pronounced "Jyo ky". Apparently it's a common name in Albania, where his family is from, but it sure does look weird.
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Jan 20, 2016
"Joe-kai" might look more distinctive than how I first attempted that.
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Jan 20, 2016
From IMDB:

His name is pronounced En-vair (rhymes with "where") Jo-kai.

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Jan 21, 2016
Thanks guys...
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Jan 21, 2016
He should change it. Interestingly enough, I was able to get the guy's autograph who played Dr. Julian Bashir, on Deep Space Nine on two separate occasions--once before he changed his name and then after he changed his name. The first he signed Siddig El Fadil, and the second, Alexander Siddig.
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Mar 17, 2016
Really cool on getting the two name signature.

But why should he change his name in this day and age if he doesn't want to- isn't time to learn how to pronounce names from other parts of the world besides Western Europe? At the very least, let people kept the identity they were born with?
I know i rather have strangers botch my name (as they do) repeatedly, than take a new one.
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Jan 20, 2016
It wasn't quite the tour de force I was expecting. Some of the dialogue and acting were hamfisted to be kind. Still I have been waiting a long while for this to come back. Lets hope the writing improves.
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Jan 20, 2016
Quality couple of episodes to start the new season, shame to read in this review that Angie is not part of this season since her ambition to be an actress would make it seem like she would have been an ideal fit for the transposed cast.

One thing I do wonder about, given the tendency for the MCU to try to tie everything together, I wonder if they will make the portal stuff from agents of shield and the zero matter be related to each other.

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Jan 20, 2016
Yes, I had wondered about the monolith portal connection too. Either there's a connection or they're reusing a cool effect.
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Jan 20, 2016
Powerful comeback!

The script? The narrative? The direction? The acting?

A real knockout!!!



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Jan 20, 2016
Nothing like a little "sack of quarters" justice...
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Jan 20, 2016
Was anyone else wondering when Wilkes seemed to be heading over to use the same water fountain that Whites used? Of course, it didn't get that far.
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Jan 21, 2016
That's a Southern thing. When trains or buses traveled through the South from the North or mid-West, the blacks would have to move to the back once they reached the borders of the Southern states. That's why there was a huge exodus of blacks to the rest of the US as soon as they were able to leave. It's a tragedy and must never be forgotten lest it happens again to any other group.
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Jan 20, 2016
I am pretty sure separate public facilities were something found chiefly in the South, not in the North or West. That level of segregation was often mandated by laws found only in the South.
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Jan 20, 2016
If Marvel does one thing good with their TV shows. It is the second season. AoS made leaps and bounds in its second season in comparison to the first. Agent Carter had a pretty good first season and seemingly, based on these two episodes, have done so as well. It has laid groundwork for several plots to come this season. From the disbanding of the SSR to what inevitably must be the creation of SHIELD. Dottie's inevitable escape. This new group that she is dealing with. All this, while also fixing the pacing of last season.

And then to add to that you have the addition of Lotte Verbeek, who combing her with Bridget Regan and Hayley Attwell her self, at least for the guys, and when I say that I mean me, this might be the best looking cast on TV presently.

Fantastic, took a good show and made it better.
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Jan 20, 2016
When TV shows are slowly coming back, Agent Carter is one of the best around. I still have to watch this so I havn't read the review yet.
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Jan 20, 2016
I got pulled away around the time when Peggy landed and met Jarvis + "Bernard" So I'll watch it on my DVR tonight.

But one thing had already annoyed me: Agent Thomson. I thought he'd made his peace with Peggy last season when they went on the field. SPECIFICALLY how he admitted that he hated that he got credit for something he didn't do (some commendation from the war or something).

So in the finale when he accepted the commendation (again) I assumed he was just putting up a front since he knew that the brass wouldn't promote Peggy and would play being the "golden boy" since there was no other choice. OK, fine.

But ick... seemed like was a bigger jerk now than he was at the start of Season 1. Granted I'd only had the one scene with him before I left, but still...
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Mar 17, 2016
Agreed on Agent Thompson- why did they have him slip back in his attitude (or so it seemed, though he does quantify her as the best agent) when he was in super support of her by mid last season? Totally thought he was the one they were writing to make her love interest (or at least her first one) and now he basically disappears and Souza returns having lost a lot of weight to better become male love lead.
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Jan 20, 2016
I thought the premiere was a lot of fun, but the whole zero matter thing feels like a retread of other Marvel super weapon conspiracies. But whatever, I can deal as long as I get more Dottie.
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Jan 20, 2016
But I've also sewed you.. this.
What is it?
You're fantastic!

Now that's what we call bonding. Humor and drama can blend well together. I absolutely adore this show.
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Jan 20, 2016
If watching this show has taught me anything its that comparisons are stupid. Agent Carter knows its own worth and doesn't need anyone or anything else to define or validate it. Its a well written, kick ass show and I'm glad its back.

I'm enjoying all the characters, both new and old. Carter is the greatest. Jarvis was hilarious, as was his wife. Sousa is a precious cinnamon roll and his girlfriend is well on her way to the same status.
Also Hayley Atwell is a gem.
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Jan 20, 2016
I'm going to steal that cinnamon roll line for a later day.
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Jan 20, 2016
Well, he asked for it!




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Jan 21, 2016
Best part in both episodes...The look on her face after each poke.
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Jan 21, 2016
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Jan 20, 2016
It is really what he gets for poking someone in such a ridiculous manner.
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Jan 20, 2016
This two-parter was a great way to open the second season of Agent Carter and showed how much she moved on after accepting the "death" of Steve Rogers and how much she didn't. Although she moved on by getting involved with Souza, she seemed to be emulating Captain America's "damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead" attitude bordering on recklessness almost in homage to him. She invaded Isodyne with Dr. Wilkes without even trying to get backup from Souza or Jarvis which may have resulted in Wilkes' death or something worse. This is a far cry from the brief cameo we see at the beginning of Ant Man. I hope this series goes on for a long time to come. I really want to see how she goes from post-war Peggy to the 1980's manager of SHIELD we saw in Ant Man.
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Jan 20, 2016
Love that Pink Flamingo. Maybe that's how Pink Flamingo High School came about. [grin] ;)
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Jan 20, 2016
I was really hoping that Carter would be in the safe, and I was not disappointed:)!!!

Also please tell me that Edwin Jarvis's wife is not evil, sociopath, spy or some under cover agent or anything else that would cause her to betray Jarvis or Carter.....

The bald man who took Dottie away (don't know his name) is totally evil.

Agent Carter is back! YAYAYAYAYA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Jan 20, 2016
Also gotta love it when all the bad guys wear handy identify pins
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Jan 20, 2016
Way better than Supergirl which looks like it was written by a 12 year old. It shows a woman dealing with stuff rather than simpering around like some emotional cripple.
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Jan 20, 2016
Loved it! The show handles everything with a deft touch-- from humor, to action, to emotions. Looking forward to the rest of the season.
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Jan 20, 2016
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Jan 20, 2016
"also opened right in the middle of the action following a brief time-jump,"

Well, it wasn't that brief. Jarvis said in "View" that he and Ana had been training in LA for the last 12 months. So presumably it was a... year? from the end of the first season, to the beginning of the second.
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Jan 20, 2016
Yeh, a quick lookup said last season took place during 1946 and the premiere was 1947.

While that could be up to 23 or 24 months (Jan 1946 through 1947) ... without knowing the exact dates a good "12 months" is probably the best estimate.
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Jan 20, 2016
Iirc the events in the s1 finale took place around VE Day so May 1946.
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Jan 20, 2016
"it was a vote of confidence that said the network believed in the series..."

Well, at least that the Disney managers thought they could milk it for another tie-in with their Marvel movies, at any rate. And the folks on Agent of SHIELD needed that mid-winter break anyway...
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Jan 20, 2016
Yeh, it's hard not to be a pessimist whilst speculating on the motivations of a gigantic corporate entity.

Did some exec like the show and wanted some "girl power" on the TV?
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Did some exec think that maintaining yet another tie-in to their cash-cow of the unified Marvel universe was better to keep instead of drop
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Jan 20, 2016
Well, it has nothing to do with my opinion. ;) I believe someone has already said that the zero matter/"Darkforce" ties into the upcoming Dr. Strange movie.

Me, it seems a lot like the portal stone/liquid over in Agents of SHIELD. I'd have expected the Council to be a bit more interested in it. "Hmmm, we've had a stone in our possession that keeps liquifying and doing blobby things, and making people disappear, and is the key to bringing our Supreme Ruler to Earth. And Isodyne found this post-atomic piece of material that keeps liquifying and doing blobby things, and making people disappear. Could there be a connection...? Naahh, let's just scrap the program."
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