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

REVIEW: 'Cyber Force' #1 by Matt Hawkins, Bryan Hill, and Atilio Rojo

Cyber Force is back! A reimagining from Matt Hawkins and Bryan Hill introduce a new beginning for the classic series.


CYBER FORCE #1
Writer: Matt Hawkins, Bryan Hill Artist: Atilio Rojo
Letterer: Troy Peteri Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: March 28, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
You don't have to be familiar with the original series to enjoy this new iteration. In fact, 'Cyber Force' #1 is your prototypical origin story where the players are introduced including a devastatingly lethal villain.  It opens with said villain striking a huge terrorist strike brought vividly to life by Atilio Rojo. Humanity has become too dependent on technology and this act of terrorism is supposed to be the first wave of resistance, a preventive measure to keep humans from destroying themselves. In the aftermath of the attack of one of the world's biggest technology companies, one man survives, Morgan Stryker, maimed and severely wounded, unknowingly undergoes a transform…

REVIEW: 'Slots' #1 by Dan Panosian

Created, written, and drawn by Dan Panosian, 'Slots' #1 is his baby and he has a story to tell at his own damn pace. This beautifully illustrated story is centered squarely on former boxer Stanley Dance and his attempt to find redemption despite being someone without many redeeming qualities.


SLOTS #1 
Writer: Dan Panosian Artist: Dan Panosian Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: October 4, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
'Slots' is more of a character study than a rip-roaring crime caper but Panosian's protagonist is a charming cad, full of confidence, capable of swindling you out of a restaurant bill with a devilish grin on his face. He's headed back to Vegas to fulfill a favor he owes. He returns to his old haunts where everyone knows him and knows he must be playing some kind of angle. 'Slots' succeeds because Stanley is so magnetic even when he's a jerk he's interesting. So following him around town meeting up with old friends is…

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…

PREVIEW: 'John Wick' #2 by Greg Pak and Giovanni Valleta

John Wick's origin story continues! In the underworld of El Paso, Texas, a familiar face introduces an ex-con named John Wick to the local branch of the mysterious Continental Hotel, a neutral zone where professional killers spend their downtime. But can John adhere to the rules of the Continental? Or will his search for vengeance destroy his chances for a peaceful life? Also... does John Wick actually have...a cat?


John Wick #2

writer: Greg Pak
artist: Giovanni Valleta
cover: Giovanni Valleta (A)
            Jock (B)
            Photo cover (C)

In Stores 04/18/2018

FC  |  32 pages  |  $3.99  |   Teen + 





PREVIEW: 'BEAUTIFUL CANVAS: Collected Trade' by Ryan K Lindsay, Sami Kivela, and Triona Farrell

Coming next week from Black Mask is BEAUTIFUL CANVAS, an elegant, gorgeously rendered, insanely twisted story that's kind of like The Professional if Leon was a queer hitwoman and Matilda was a boy with powers.


Written by Ryan K Lindsay (Eternal, Negative Space, DC Writers Program), illustrated by Sami Kivela (Abbott), and colored by Triona Farrell (Doctor Who), Beautiful Canvas was a breakout buzz book in 2017 that continues to garner increasing acclaim and attention.
Synopsis:
Beautiful Canvas is 2017's smash hit warped crime miniseries about Lon Eisley discovering the similarities and differences between her job as a hitwoman and her new role as a mother-to-be when she finds out her girlfriend is pregnant.

Going from destroyer to creator/protector is a major swerve, but parents still have plenty of violent and brutal moments to contend with, especially when the world is full of pyrokinetic sleeper agents, animal/hybrid muscle-squads, and one hell of a nasty boss pulling your…