Skip to main content

REVIEW: Agent Carter (S1E4): 'The Blitzkrieg Button'


Agent Carter has exceeded expectations so far creating a time and world all its own. The adventures of Peggy Carter has surpassed the exploits of her modern day counterparts of SHIELD in execution and fun. It's inevitable that there'd be a dip in the action-packed series.

Even without some major action sequence, Carter delivered with a solid episode that exposed some interesting tidbits. Horndog genius millionaire Howard Stark was back and hiding out at Peggy's. Dominic Cooper's sleazy charm and Hayley Atwell's constant eye-rolling results in an entertaining duet between the two. There's genuine chemistry there that brings out the best in both talented actors. Whether it's for comedic effect or dramatic plot development. The latter was quite explosive as Peggy laid into Stark for hiding some important information. 

This was a highlight of the episode as Stark is forced to tell Peggy why he needs a certain device taken from police custody. It turns out it holds a vial of Captain America's blood. The fact that Stark and Jarvis would keep this from Peggy sends her on a tirade. The subsequent argument is an emotionally charged one that despite Stark's protest and saying he was trying to spare her feelings the betrayal in Peggy's voice is evident and heart-wrenching. 

She cut into him pretty deep emphasizing his selfishness and greed. It was a defining moment in their relationship. Where there was once a semblance of trust is eroded the next moment. Atwell's delivery was convincing, the anger and pain  conveyed through her tone and eyes. Once again Atwell shined as the complex Carter in a world where trust and honesty elude her. 

Of course, there's Agent Thompson's blunt assessment that Peggy will never be thought of as an equal by men. He's been put in charge while Dooley is off to Nuremberg to interrogate a Nazi prisoner who was in Russia at the same Stark was and possibly at a location where many men were torn apart by something. Internet sleuths speculate it could have been the handiwork of the Winter Soldier. The same group of deep thinkers are saying that Dottie's sudden emergence as a deadly, but graceful, killing machine is also the Black Widow, Yelena Belova.

Both great guesses because if it's one thing Marvel loves is continuity and a shared universe. Thus, the eventual ties to current plotlines. We'll see how "it's all connected" but for an episode that felt like a table-setter  it was still pretty compelling and very well executed. It all leads to the next episode as Peggy reunites with the Howling Commandos in Russia. How's that for a tease? 

Check out scenes from 'The Iron Ceiling' in the video and synopsis below: 



Marvel's Agent Carter 1x05 "The Iron Ceiling" - Peggy is finally trusted with a mission and calls upon her trusted Howling Commandos squad for backup. But her cover could be at risk when SSR Chief Dooley also sends Agent Thompson with her, on 'Marvel's Agent Carter,' Tuesday, February 3rd on ABC. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Fred Van Lente & CAFU Decode ARMSTRONG AND THE VAULT OF SPIRITS #1

Valiant announces ARMSTRONG AND THE VAULT OF SPIRITS #1 – a hard-charging, standalone special coming this winter from New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, Incredible Hercules) and red-hot rising star CAFU (RAPTURE)! On February 7th, join in a riotous celebration for the ages as Armstrong, for the very first time, uncorks the ancient mysteries of his centuries past – and dares his closest comrades into the adventure of several lifetimes!

Deep beneath New York City’s seediest dive bar, Armstrong – the hard-hitting, harder-partying immortal veteran of history’s greatest escapades – is hosting an invitation-only affair for his most beloved friends and allies! Archer… Ivar, Timewalker… Faith… Quantum and Woody… And special guests from across the Valiant Universe… All have been offered a seat at the table for a personally guided tour of Armstrong’s most valuable and tightly guarded treasure… From the Great Flood to ancient Greece to the height of the C…

REVIEW: 'Bonehead' #2 by Bryan Edward Hill, Rhoald Marcellius, and Sakti Yuwono

Bryan Hill pumps the brakes a little in the follow up to the fast-paced debut of 'Bonehead' with more great world building. The mystery surrounding Bonehead 56 deepens but we at least get some backstory and details about what his arrival means for a pair of brothers with opposing viewpoints.


BONEHEAD #2   
Writer: Bryan Edward Hill Artist: Rhoald Marcellius, Sakti Yuwono Letterer: Jaka Ady Graphics: Comolo Editor: Elena Salcedo Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 31, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99
Score:★★★★☆ (4/5)
After a thrilling video game-like first issue, issue two gives way to the brothers Kray. Aleph is a tech scientist examining the unconscious "56" and marveling at his abilities. He reminds him when his brother Hideki roamed the city as the vigilante Blackdeath. Hideki is a Gladiator (cop) now and he questions Aleph's methods with 56 and its legalities. Nonetheless, they need 56 to be free on the streets for now so they can monitor him. The brothers c…

REVIEW: 'Hit-Girl' #1 by Mark Millar and Ricardo Lopez Ortiz

Hit-Girl is most certainly back and as deadly and crazy as ever. She's gone international looking to fight injustice and find a worthy sidekick. Mark Millar is in top form with help from artists Ricardo Lopez Ortiz and Sunny Gho. The heart of the Kick-Ass legacy lives on as bloody and as thrilling as you remember.


HIT-GIRL #1
Writer: Mark Millar Artist: Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, Sunny Gho Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 21, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★★ (5/5)
The retirement of Dave Lizewki as the original Kick-Ass has left a void in Mindy's crime-fighting life. Trying to recruit his replacement has been challenging to say the least. She's going to go it alone and taking her skills global as a cry for help leads her to Colombia.

Millar hits the floor running with a wild prison break, Mindy parting ways with an unworthy partner, and a grieving mother looking for justice. The sudden blitz back to the world of Kick-Ass is like comfort food for comic book fans. …

NEW COMIC BOOK DAY: Notable Releases 2/7/18

What a week in comics! There are so many great books out this week that I couldn't include them all on this list. Take a look at this killer's row of shiny new comics.



(W) Sean Murphy (A/CA) Sean Murphy
Jack's mind and body begin to betray him as he prepares for an inevitable showdown with Batman, and Bruce himself struggles to keep his team united. As the game gets tougher, Batman seeks counsel from a shocking source-and after Wayne Manor is infiltrated, a car chase for the ages aims to curb Napier's supercriminal crew once and for all.


(W) Paul Dini, James Robinson, Jeff Lemire, Steve Orlando, Mark Russell, Kyle Higgins, Alisa Kwitney, Phil Hester (A) Guillem March, Frazer Irving (A/CA) Kelley Jones
It's hard being a monster... and even harder being a monster in love. Sparks will fly and hearts will be broken when the ghouls and ghosts of the DC Universe assemble to bring you the Valentine's Day Special that no one saw coming!


(W) Tom King, Len Wein (A) Kell…

ADVANCE PREVIEW: 'BLACK [AF]: America's Sweetheart' by Kwanza Osajyefo and Jennifer Johnson

Can a black woman be America's first superhero?


Eli Franklin is a 15-year-old girl living in rural Montana--and she just happens to be the most powerful person on the planet.

In the aftermath of the world learning that only black people have superpowers, Eli makes her debut as the superhero Good Girl, on a mission to help people and quell the fear of empowered blacks.

When a super-terrorist threatens to take away everything Eli has worked toward, will donning a patriotic costume be enough for her to find acceptance?

America's Sweetheart expands BLACK into a universe of heroes.

BLACK [AF]: America's Sweetheart
Written by Kwanza Osajyefo (BLACK) and illustrated by next breakout artist Jennifer Johnson. With a gorgeous cover by Sho Murase. Letterer: David Sharpe
Designer: Tim Smith 3
Editor: Sarah Litt
Published by Black Mask Studios

Based on characters created by Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3 from the world established in BLACK, the breakout comic book series by Osajyefo and Smith, …