Agent Carter 2×10 “Hollywood Ending” Recap

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I feel as though the episode should’ve been titled “Hollywood Beginning” instead.

Episode Summary: “Hollywood Ending” picks up six seconds after “A Little Song and Dance” ends, but the enormous explosion is surprisingly not Jack’s fault. Howard Stark returns and with the help of his (strange) friend Joseph Manfredi, the team manages to beat Whitney in her game. Zero Matter is permanently removed from both Jason and Whitney. Peggy chooses her happy ending. Ana Jarvis returns home. And Jack’s left in a critical state with Peggy’s files in an unknown man’s hand.

Review | Analysis: “Hollywood Ending” did what Agent Carter does best; it reminded its viewers of the importance of unity while keeping a wonderful balance between heart and humor. I have no plans to write about this season finale as though it’s the end because much like Ana Jarvis, optimism runs heavily in my veins. There’s a lot to be appreciated about this particular finale, and it’s mainly due to the fact that through each and every character we met last year, we’ve seen palpable growth (except maybe in Howard, but we all need that one ridiculous friend, right?). And that’s precisely why we need to move forward with the series because there are still countless stories to be told.

The reason Agent Carter is Marvel’s most inexpressibly unique series is because of how well it works around its characters in the 1940s. It’s without a doubt one of the most female dominant series, but it’s also the one that promotes the significance of equality most eloquently. And that not only comes from the fact that each of its characters fit into the storyline, but the writers know how to give us profound moments in the most subtle ways. If this were any other series, the finale would’ve felt anti-climatic, but for Agent Carter, it works. I did however feel as though there wasn’t enough Peggy and that may have actually been the biggest flaw.

However, the most important component the finale dealt with is Peggy Carter’s happiness. And that’s fundamentally what this series has always been about. Yes, Peggy’s an incredibly strong female agent at a time where the men don’t see her fit, but at the end of the day, it comes down to her moral compass and happiness — the importance of choosing for ourselves and moving forward with honor despite what the world attempts to throw in our paths.

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Agent Carter 2×08 “The Edge of Mystery” and 2×09 “A Little Song and Dance” Recap

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Does anyone else feel as though they’ve just gotten off a wild roller coaster?

Episode Summary: There was a lot of double crossing and way too many plans to keep up with, but the best news is, Ana Jarvis is alive. Peggy and Jarvis argue over everything that’s occurred making their friendship even stronger than before. Dr. Samberly and Rose return to help our heroes. Jason Wilkes is strong with the force, but Whitney Frost isn’t. Angie Martinelli (Lyndsy Fonseca) returns in a dream sequence to help Peggy with her difficult decisions. And in the end, it appears as though Zero Matter has completely consumed Wilkes.

Review | Analysis: “The Edge of Mystery” and “A Little Song and Dance” were superlative episodes continuing to remind viewers of the fact that Agent Carter is a series that knows how to keep a proper balance between an ongoing plot and character development. It’s also the series that tackles prominent issues in a way that allows us to understand things we may not have otherwise on much profound levels. It’s about learning to lean on other people with each and every character contributing something exceptionally unique. And if these two episodes were to teach us to anything, it is that we must learn how to take responsibility for our actions. The choices we make determine the kind of person we are, but above all, it’s how we react to the consequences of our choices.

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Agent Carter 2×06 “Life of the Party” and 2×07 “Monsters” Recap

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In the words of Edwin Jarvis: ABORT.

Episode Summary: Chadwick turns Whitney in to the council, but it backfires when she absorbs him and a few other men. Dottie escapes after helping Peggy. Wilkes was taken captive. Daniel’s been beaten then later demoted. Vernon can’t be trusted. Thompson’s still terrible. And the ever so sweet Ana Jarvis has been drastically injured after being shot by Whitney.

Review | Analysis: As all episodes of Agent Carter, tonight’s two hour special was an absolute adventure — a roller coaster of way too many feelings I have no idea how to work through. “Life of the Party” and “Monsters” played with a variety of noted spy drama tropes, but what they’ve done most phenomenally, is given each of the female characters an opportunity to shine. Both episodes also did a great job of exhibiting the fact that despite the fear that resides in us, we’re all far more courageous than we think, and sometimes, a single step is all it takes to showcase that bravery.

Before we get into the episode, I feel it’s important to acknowledge that this series is filled with some of the most talented actors and actresses. They’re not only incredibly fun to watch, but when things need to take an emotional turn, they’re as evocative as can be delivering some of the most incredible performances. Again, why aren’t more people watching this show?

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Agent Carter 2×03 “Better Angels” Recap

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Serious question: is cloning possible because I’d like an Edwin Jarvis (do not ruin my dreams by saying it’s impossible because he’s “fictional”).

Episode Summary: Howard Stark returns to put his brain to use and with a new gadget we’re able to see that the reason things are strangely floating around Peggy is due to the fact that Dr. Wilkes isn’t dead but invisible. Whitney Frost is actually an alias for Agnes Cully and she too is experiencing strange things happening to her body. Unsurprisingly she feels threatened by Peggy and tells her husband she wants her out of the equation — except he fails because let’s be real who can bring down Peggy? Thompson resurfaces, stirs things up, makes unnecessary comments and thankfully doesn’t make his stay in Los Angeles permanent.

Review | Analysis: I didn’t have many complaints about this series last year, and I don’t really have any this year, but the only thing I desperately wished for is that we’d keep the “supernatural” elements that are commonly present on S.H.I.E.L.D. far, far away. Strange but realistic gadgets are perfectly fine, but this zero matter shenanigans isn’t exactly my cup of tea. But oh well, I’d watch a lot more ridiculousness as long as Peggy Carter was the center of it. That said, tonight’s episode, though more plot heavy, set a lot of fantastic things for the future in motion and gave us what’s undoubtedly another inspirational life motto: “that’s why I trust my instincts. They’re more reliable than what I’m told to believe.”

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Agent Carter 1×08 “Valediction” Recap

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As always and unsurprisingly at this point, I’m left speechless over the beauty and grace of this series.

Episode Summary: After hearing about all the chaos that has erupted because of his doings, Howard Stark returns to come clean about everything. SSR agents accompanied by Howard and Jarvis attempt to put an end to Ivchenko’s and Dottie’s schemes.

Review | Analysis: I could not have been more pleased with the end of the first season.It did a great job of wrapping everything up in an elegantly scrambled bow andthat’s exactly what was necessary. When (hopefully) the series resumes for its second season, I’m looking forward to exploring both new and old elements because if there’s one thing we know about the Marvel universe, it’s that things aren’t always what they seem. Topped with wonderful performances by each cast member and exceptional cinematography – the episode receives a solid A+ from us.

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Agent Carter 1×07 “Snafu” Recap

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“Snafu” was literally an emotional andphysical roller-coaster and I kindly ask that you bear with me as I attempt toarticulately review the intense hour of TV’s greatest Marvel establishment so far.

Episode Summary: SSR agents attempt to learn the truth behind Peggy’s “betrayal” but Jarvis comes tothe rescue with a forged document signed by Howard Stark. Dr. Ivchenkocontinues to hypnotize Chief Dooley then uses one of Stark’s inventions to murder him while he escapes with Dottie. Peggy Carter later comes forward with the truth allowing everyone to see where her loyalties have always been. And the episode ends with one of Stark’s inventions trigger what looked much like the “the Spell of Shattered Sight” (sort of, but not really).

Review | Analysis: Imagining the bareness in the world of television without this show after next week isn’t pleasant. “Snafu” is without question a narrative genius – it isn’t easy to tell a story this innately excellent but Agent Carter writers, cast, and crew succeeded in ways I presume will be discussed for years to come. Also, just six minutes in I paused because I couldn’t cooperate with how astounding Hayley Atwell’s performance was, and throughout the rest of the episode I was left with a form of speechlessness I’m still attempting to pull through from.

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Agent Carter 1×05 “The Iron Ceiling” Recap

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Agent Carter continues to prove that it’s one of the strongest, most marvelously developed series in existence. And if you aren’t watching yet, there aren’tmany things I could promise you, but I can guarantee that you will fall headover for this show. Of all the shows I watch and review, this one’s probably the most difficult because it’s legitimately impossible to discuss every little impeccable moment, and if that doesn’t say it’s great, then I don’t know what will.

Episode Summary: When the “magic typewriter” sends out a message in codes, Peggy cracks it and tells to her fellow agents that they’re coordinates followed by a demand for $100,000 payable to Howard Stark. Believing that Stark’s the one who sent out the message, Thompson, Martinez, and Li go to Russia. After much hesitation, Dooley lets Peggy go as well when she gets the Howling Commandos to accompany them. Although there’s no detailed mention of the words on screen, Marvel fans have already realized that Dottie Underwood is not only a part of the Black Widow project, but the agents stumble into the Red Room during their trip to Russia. After seeing Peggy’s scars in the locker room, Daniel’s investigation leads to the realization that she’s the blond woman in the photographs. Neither Leviathan nor Stark are found, but with the help of Doctor Ivchenko, the team is now one step closer to uncovering it all.

Review | Analysis: The episode did an excellent job of reminding its viewers that what’s to come is so far from what we expect. The world is changing, terrible people are out there, and the Black Widow project is pretty damn frightening. Thankfully, in an episode that would’ve been fairly dark, the exquisite humor provided fantastic balance. Apart from all the great and terrifying storylines, the best moments were without a doubt Peggy Carter proving that she’s more badass than anyone can even begin to
imagine.

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Agent Carter 1×04 “The Blitzkrieg Button” Recap

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We’re halfway done with the first of hopefully many seasons and Agent Carter continues to prove that it’s the best thing Marvel’s done on a small screen.

Episode Summary: Howard Stark returns in order to ask Peggy to retrieve one of his found devices. Dooley takes a trip to Germany in order to speak to an assassin on death row about the massacres that had occurred. Thompson’s left in charge and it’s the worst decision in the world. Sousa finds a witness and learns that a brunette female is involved in the case. Dottie Underwood is most certainly not just the girl next door. And when Peggy learns the truth about what’s inside the Blitzkrieg Button she’s reminded of the promises she’d made to become someone she hasn’t been in a while.

Review | Analysis: There is no show on this planet that simultaneously makes me angry and happy. And there is no character on television I loathe more than Jack Thompson. That said, what the rest of the show’s done with this week’s episode was wonderful. Cooper and Atwell are the perfect partners for one another when playing such distinctive characters. And when it comes down to the kind of emotional scene they ended with, the two actors were most excellent.

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