By: Casey Johnston (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for the latest episode of Agent Carter.
Every show needs a fool and Jack Thompson is filling that role exceedingly well. Last season he was Chief Dooley’s yes-man. He did everything he was told, didn’t question orders, and generally got the job done without causing too much harm. Now he’s in charge and he’s kind of lost. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a pretty good agent, but he’s totally susceptible to suggestion. Because of that, he’s found himself becoming the tool of Kurtwood Smith’s Vernon Masters. This subplot runs the risk of becoming annoyingly painful to watch, but thankfully Thompson started to catch on to the conspiracy by the end of this episode. He’s at a real crossroad now. Thompson isn’t much of a leader. When faced with a little adversity, he seems too willing to follow the strongest character he can find. In this case, it’s Masters. If Thompson has any brains, and I’m seeing little evidence of that, he’ll take Peggy’s side and fight the Arena and Isodyne Energy.
We’ve all heard Tony Stark in The Avengers describe himself as the “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist.” Dominic Cooper is doing a great job playing Howard Stark, the father of Tony. He is all of those things Tony described himself as and more. Jose Molina, the writer of tonight’s episode, did a great job of balancing the genius and playboy aspects of the character, and I can’t emphasize enough how great Cooper is. Even though it seems ridiculous that Howard would not remember being kidnapped by Dottie just a few short months ago, Cooper’s delivery of that exchange between Stark and Jarvis drove the scene home. Cooper is a treat to watch and I hope he continues to play a big role this season.
SSR, Leviathan, SHIELD, and Hydra
We know that SHIELD will eventually grow out of the SSR. We also know that Hydra is still lurking in the shadows, even if we can’t see them right now. I can’t help but wonder as I watch this season if we’re seeing the re-emergence of Hydra in the form of the Arena Club. At first, I thought they were Leviathan from last season but that doesn’t seem to be the case. The Arena Club could be an entirely new enemy, but Marvel is all about connecting dots. Maybe this is Hydra or something that will eventually grow into Hydra. Just a thought.
I liked the scene where Howard discovered the invisible form of Dr. Wilkes. I’m a sucker for any show that injects science into its plot, even if it’s far-fetched science. Seeing Howard and Jarvis throw on the safety goggles and get to work on a chemical solution to save Wilkes was captivating to me. Anytime the writers want to show me scenes of Stark tinkering in his lab. I’ll pay attention.
Thanks for reading!