*Spoilers are contained within.
Agent Peggy Carter was introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: The First Avenger as a member of the SSR alongside Howard Stark. Last year, she made her small screen debut in Agent Carter and became a household name along with the actress who portrays her, Hayley Atwell. Hayley’s back as Agent Carter and the ABC series continues where she left off. It’s good to have Agent Carter back!
On Tuesday night, ABC aired the two-hour premiere of Marvel’s Agent Carter and it began with a bang. The opening scene of Dottie (Bridget Regan) impersonating Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) to rob a bank, which is a sting by the SSR to apprehend Dottie, was done well and engaged viewers right from the start. The vault fight between Dottie and Peggy lead perfectly into the plot twist that would follow. As Peggy is questioning Dottie, she is told by Chief Jack Thompson (Chad Michael Murphy), that newly appointed West Coast SSR Chief Daniel Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) is on a bizarre case in Hollywood and needs more staff to help solve it.
The show transitions effortlessly from New York to Hollywood while retaining the 1947 charm, look and feel of the show. The plot is exciting (just like season one), but different enough to stand apart. Last season on Agent Carter was all about recovering the Leviathan weapon and clearing the name of Howard Stark who was wanted for treason. This season, the focus is on zero matter. When a woman is frozen in a lake, but doesn’t melt while being in the hot sun, Peggy and Sousa know right away something is not right. It turns out the woman is frozen from the inside and glowing as a result of a uranium used by Isoydyne Energy. What makes this substance so dangerous is it effects whoever touches it, causing them to freeze and shatter into pieces. As the investigation goes on, something much more powerful and deadlier is discovered. Isoydyne Energy is developing zero matter which can suck up anything around it without leaving a trace. There are fight scenes and shootouts throughout the two hour premiere of Agent Carter which makes for a wild ride.
There were plenty of new characters on the show and returning favorites. Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy) is back at Peggy’s side to add comic relief like buying a flamingo or trying to lift weights. We even meet his quirky and welcoming wife, Ana (Lotte Verbeek). We get to learn more about Daniel Sousa as we meet his girlfriend Violet, played by Once Upon a Time alum Sarah Bolger. Sousa intends to propose to Violet but the case always seems to get in the way. The first new face is Detective Andrew Henry (Sean O’Bryan) who assists Sousa on the case involving frozen bodies found in a lake. It turns out he is involved in the case but is shot by a dirty cop employed by Calvin Chadwick (Currie Graham) and his actress wife, Whitney Frost (Wynn Everett), who fans should know is Madame Masque. Chadwick and Frost make excellent villains as they use Isoydyne Energy as a front for the zero matter program which they are planning to use as a weapon of mass destruction. As Peggy is investigating, she meets Dr. Jason Wilkes (Reggie Austin) and the sparks start to fly. Could this be the start of something for Peggy? Unfortunately we won’t know because Dr. Wilkes vanishes when the zero matter is set off during a struggle with Whitney at the lab. While he vanishes, Whitney survives, but is then seen crying behind a mirror with zero matter attached to her forehead. Could this be the origin of Madame Masque?!?
Season two of Agent Carter is setting itself up and its fans for an amazing season. These first two hours, split into two episodes titled, “The Lady in the Lake” and “A View in the Dark” have given us everything we had hoped for from Agent Carter, Edwin Jarvis and the SSR. The opening was fantastic and attention-grabbing and the plot is new and refreshing while giving us an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. feel until the second of half of that season begins March 8th. The new characters are great and I cannot wait to see how they’re developed over the course of the season. Marvel’s Agent Carter is a show with a great future and it already has the right formula, the right cast and a highly enthusiastic audience. Agent Carter gets five stars!
Marvel’s Agent Carter airs Tuesdays at 9 pm ET on ABC. Check your local listings.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns Tuesday March 8 at 9 pm ET on ABC. Check your local listings.