The Breaking Point
This is a review for both episodes of Agent Carter that aired Tuesday night. We’re not splitting them up because that would be obnoxious.
This was a fairly interesting week, with two different episodes giving us two wildly different experiences. Though the episodes were fairly front-loaded with high quality storytelling, the back half was solid enough to keep us interested.
Jarvis is clearly hurting over his wife being shot. I shouldn’t have to say that, but hey, this is the internet after all. He is driven by revenge through the episode, something that is super interesting once you overlook the refrigerator in the room. Not only do we care about Jarvis’s revenge quest, but he provides an extra obstacle for Peggy, who is already working against Frost and, at times, Jack Thompson. He’s an ally and an antagonist at the same time, which makes for some excellent drama.
Wilkes and Frost continue to make the science in this show even more laughable, so it’s really hard to A) be invested in the logistics of the story or B) explain it coherently. Wilkes gets sucked up into the Zero Matter Portal and comes out solid, with more matter in him? But when shot with a cannon, the portal stops making zero matter? I really don’t know. All that needs to be said is there is more zero matter in play (or least a more powerful dosage of it) and Frost got away with it.
There was quite a bit loyalty-flipping throughout the episode, which is incredibly frustrating. Jack Thompson flipped sides more than a 1950’s reference, and it made for incredibly tedious television. Yes, we know that he, at the end of the day, is pretty self-serving, but it was just plain unnecessary and stunk of “we need to fill time and include this character more.”
Finally we get to Peggy. Amidst all of this, Peggy was struggling with identity issues. Most of this was visualized in the form of a dazzling musical number that came at the beginning of Part Two. It was on-the-nose as all hell, but it was super fun and a nice callback to when that type of entertainment was all over the place. Her main confrontation with Jarvis, who is struggling with his wife and her impending not-having-a-child revelation was incredibly well done, as both characters realized how much they’ve lost over the years and how they both tend to keep things buried inside. Here they lay it all on the line, surprising themselves as much they surprise one another.
Bad Guy from Robocop finally goes full-on villain at the end of this episode, although not by his own volition. This was far and away the weakest part of this episode, as we realize just how irrelevant this character really is. He is just an extra cheerleader for an opposing force, so whatever Frost did to him made me kind of…apathetic. It was nice to watch Peggy punch him a lot, though.
All in all, this episode had a certain “filler” vibe that, while giving us some great character moments, ultimately left us checking our watches as the conclusion draws nearer.
Odds and Ends
- I’m not offended that that guy is playing an Italian stereotype…I’m just embarrassed that he thinks that it’s…even…a little bit good.
- Lyndsy Fonesca made a brief return in the musical number and it actually left me a bit sad. I never realized what a strong presence she was until she was back telling “English” what she does and doesn’t have to do.
- I hope Ana has something good happen to her, despite how much I usually love character deaths. She would be wasted if she was killed off so flippantly, so early.
- Neither of those Italians are making sauce correctly. Put me in, coach.
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