Marvel’s Agent Carter Thoughts: Season 2, Episodes 1 and 2 “The Lady in the Lake” and “A View in the Dark”

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By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)

WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episodes of Agent Carter.

The Story

Don’t get me wrong, I love Agents of SHIELD, but it’s nice to watch a Marvel show that takes place 69 years in the past. While there are little easter eggs here and there like references to Captain America, the story stands on its own. You can just sit back and enjoy the adventures of Peggy Carter without having to worry how everything will fit into the latest upcoming film. That’s something that Marvel has been lacking until now. While Agents of SHIELD is increasingly standing on its own, I still find myself looking for connections to the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. That’s something I don’t have to worry about with Agent Carter, and that makes it an excedingly enjoyable show.

Peggy Carter

Peggy is back and as great as ever. While season one found her navigating the mysgonistic mindset of the post-war 1940s, this season has her securely in place as a respected agent. I was worried that the change in location would bring about a repeat of the themes we explored last season, but so far that has not been the case. The tales of her exploits have seemingly spread beyond New York as no one looks on her as a weak person.

Another change this season is the feel of the story. No longer is Peggy operating in the shadows while secretly attempting to clear the name of Howard Stark. Now we get to see her with the full backing of the SSR. If I may steal a Star Wars reference, we are seeing a fully armed and operational Peggy Carter, and that is pretty damn exciting.

Jarvis

While we haven’t gotten to see much of Jarvis yet, he’s still the same old charming guy we got to know and love last year. Ever loyal to Howard Stark, Jarvis spent much of these two episodes chasing a petulant flamingo (the breakout character of season two) in between shuttling Peggy around Los Angeles. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Jarvis is not Marvel’s answer to DC’s Alfred Pennyworth; he’s not a secret badass who can also starch your sheets and cook your breakfast. He’s terribly awkward because he’s so far out of his element when he’s around Peggy. This leads to legitmately funny moments like Jarvis challenging Peggy to a Judo session. He’s a funny character, and the writers should continue to be comfortable with him in that role.

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