REGGIE AUSTIN, HAYLEY ATWELL

MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER – “A View in the Dark” – Peggy discovers her murder investigation has huge ramifications that can destroy her career, as well as everyone near and dear to her, on “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” TUESDAY, JANUARY 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal) REGGIE AUSTIN, HAYLEY ATWELL

There are spoilers in this review. Duh.

I wasn’t sure whether to write both episodes in one recap, but there is enough to talk about them separately. Poor Peggy and her love interests have terrible luck, don’t they? Again I have to appreciate that Peggy is always kind and supportive of people, even if it hurts her, a la Sousa and his lovely girlfriend. Plus MORE ANA JARVIS. I seriously love this show and cannot get enough of it. Previously on Agent Carter, Peggy came to LA where Sousa runs his own department of the SSR to help on this odd case of a frozen woman. There’s some tension between her and Sousa, like they were romantically involved before he moved away, but it’s unclear. She met Dr. Jason Wilkes who works with Isodyne Energy, a mysterious organization dealing with some iffy stuff. Including that the leader of it was having an affair with the woman who was frozen. His wife, Whitney Frost, is a legendary Marvel villain, so this is going to get awesome.

Whitney is frustrated in Hollywood because she’s trying to be an actress, but she’s dealing with sexism and ageism in the movies. Her husband Chadwick meets with this mysterious group called the Council of Nine, who are basically this Marvel comics organization called the Secret Empire, but they’re kind of a subset of HYDRA. Not exactly HYDRA, but HYDRA tied. They want Chadwick to focus more on his senator campaign instead of the Zero Matter program he and his wife were dedicated too. She’s frustrated when he says he has to give up on it. Jason Wilkes is starting to figure out some fishy stuff is going on, so┬áhe agrees to help Peggy. He’s reluctant to, because Isodyne is one of the few places willing to hire a black scientist. Oh yeah, Agent Carter is going full steam into issues of sexism and racism in its day, and I am here for that. The two of them bond as they investigate together. He says the frozen woman must have come across the Zero Matter to have her reaction, so they need to steal it and learn more about it. He’s not a spy at all, you can tell that pretty easily, but he wants to impress Peggy and do the right thing. What a mensch.

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They share a kiss in the heat of the moment, and of course that means that he’s going to die. Errrr, get frozen? Errrrrr, something similar? Seriously Peggy has terrible luck. While sneaking into his lab, he gets confronted by Whitney Frost and breaks the Zero Matter he was trying to take. He disappears entirely, and Whitney survives, but she’s hovering in a corner, seemingly affected by it in some way. POWERS? Definitely powers. Okay so I’m writing this and I know that Wilkes isn’t dead, but I also knew it then too. They told us that the actor would be in most of the season, so it wouldn’t make sense for him to die so quickly. I do like that he’s just this smart but awkward guy who bumbles his ways into things. And he’s enraptured with the coolness that is Peggy. I do feel like the romance was pushed too hard too fast. I don’t think they needed the kiss for example. I was hoping this would build over the whole season as their friendship deepened. It seemed a little quick for Peggy, but whatever, it happened.

I have less to say about this episode. It was pretty solid all around. I’m excited to see what’s coming next. The funny scene with Peggy and Jarvis training together was great, and I like the chemistry and relationships between everyone on the show. I’m also pleased to see no real Jack stuff this episode. I assume he might be turning into HYDRA, and that’s why we’re wasting time with him, but seriously that character rubs me the wrong way. Also I keep thinking about when Peggy and Howard are going to make SHIELD. Did they say what year it was founded? It has to be soon. If this doesn’t get a third season, maybe they’ll imply it happens at the end. But I want it to get 10 seasons so. Crossing fingers.

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