Welcome back Carterites (yes I’m just going with it). How’s your PVRing going? You caught up on all the goodies?? This week’s episode of Agent Carter did not disappoint, though honestly I find it hard to be disappointed in Ms. Carter. Instead it gave us a glimpse at Peggy’s past, and a whole bunch more! (As usual there will be spoilers if you haven’t watched it yet).
I almost want to rename this episode “Smile for Me” because it had so many moments that made me cringe and want to hit someone for one of the characters. This episode gave us a glimpse at Peggy and Whitney’s (aka Agnes Culley) pasts and how they came to be where they are today. Honestly I was a little surprised with Peggy’s origins. Not about her being a rougher young lady that was more than willing to pick up a sword and fight the dragon… instead I was surprised that she actually thought it was a good idea to marry that man! Seriously, Peggy is such a strong female character, it’s kind of sad that it took the loss of her brother to get her to be herself. I guess she was doing what was expected of her… but I’m so glad she decided against it!
As for Ms. Frost’s background, I am not really surprised that she was suppressed in her childhood. It’s sad, but for a period piece they have it down pretty close to the “Role of Women” in the time, and I’m kind of sad for both women (and ever so grateful for being alive now!). Was it just me, or did you find it overwhelmingly irritating every time someone told one of the women… these nuanced, smart women… to smile! I was really hoping at some point Whitney would punch one of them, but then I guess she wouldn’t be where she is today if she did something like that. Instead she learned to manipulate the outcomes of events to what she wanted and needed. Heck, in the scene with the Talent Agent at the end, you can see the wheels turning in her head; she is not pleased he asked her to smile or that he’s touching her face, but you just know that she will use this to her benefit, until she can eat them all up!
One thing that I’m really noticing with Ms. Frost is that it seems Mr. Chadwick has no clue what she’s really about. He appears totally in the dark that she’s actually a scientist and a genius, and he doesn’t realise she’s really pulling his strings. That all changed when she let her Zero Matter actually eat someone in his presence with the ominous reply when he asked what she was, “Anything I want to be!”. I think we are really just touching the surface of Ms. Frost and I wonder how she will handle the Candle Club (I haven’t figured out a better name for them).
Now aside from the Carter and Frost background stories, our dashing heroes are still wrapped up in the issues with the Candle Club and the “War Department” (and I still feel that is a subterfuge of some sort). I am not surprised that the War Department, with Mr. Vernon Masters at the head, managed to stop all movement into the investigation. What I am pleasantly surprised with is that Agent Sousa gave Peggy shit for not including him and made sure that he is included in everything. It’s nice to see that the Agent Carter show-runners aren’t keeping Peggy as a lone Ranger. I am totally waiting for her to start gathering her “people”, which will help the prelude of her being one of the originator’s of S.H.E.I.L.D.! She needs to grow a team that she trusts and who are willing to go above the corruption of the towns and governments. I think she’s on track for just that with the slow additions she’s made… last season it was just Mr. Jarvis, now we have Howard Stark, Daniel Sousa and Jason Wilkes. I think we need to add at least one more female in this lineup… maybe Mrs. Jarvis??
Now I have to admit I’m totally getting the feels for Wilkes and his unfortunate circumstances. With the strange cracks showing up I’m wondering what will happen if he and Ms. Frost end up in the same room together? Is he getting drawn to her possession of the Zero Matter? Will they be mutual doom for each other? Will they save him in the nick of time??
Either way, it’s all…. Jarvelous!