Thursday, January 29, 2015

Marvel's Agent Carter - The Blitzkrieg Button

Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) returns from hiding to enlist Peggy Carter's (Hayley Atwell) help in stealing back one of his inventions recovered by the SSR which he informs Agent Carter has the ability to cause a city-wide blackout. Or at least that's the excuse he gives to get his hands on the last remaining piece of the most profitable enterprise he ever had a hand in creating. Teased since the beginning of the series, Howard's betrayal finally makes its appearance halfway through the eight episode series with a foreshadowed reveal that is the least shocking as possible to everyone except Peggy.

And of course we get plenty more from the men (you know, the real agents of the SSR) this week. While Roger Dooley (Shea Whigham) travels to Germany to get some answers from Nazi war criminal about men who history says should have died in a battle that never happened, Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) continues his own investigation into the recovery of Stark's inventions which threatens (but then once again fails) to lead back to Peggy. And, just in case we'd forgotten in the five-minutes since the show hamfistedly last reminded us Jack Thompson (Chad Michael Murray) explains the trouble with a woman in a man's world and why Peggy will never be a real spy.

Along with revealing Stark's deception, "The Blitzkrieg Button" introduces a new villain in Otto Mink (Gregory Sporleder), only to just as quickly dispense with him, and reveals the identity of another (as I'd suspected) in the new tennant of Peggy's boarding house. Stark's innocence has yet to be proven, but at this point I'm not sure it matters. The show continues to tease us about revealing Peggy's actions to her co-workers (at least Sousa, who I'm betting won't blow the whistle on her if he eventually figures it all out). Halfway through the series I'm still enjoying the character but I'm not sure where the show has to go from here other than for Peggy to eventually be found out, or spend time and effort preventing that from occurring, and deal with the murderer next door. Well, at least next week looks to be more promising with an appearance by the Howling Commandos.

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