REVIEW: Agent Carter – “The Lady in the Lake”

Agent Carter - Reviewed

The following is an episode review of Marvel’s Agent Carter (Season Two, Episode One) available on ABC and Netflix Denmark.

At the beginning of this new season, after having apprehended Dottie Underwood (played by Bridget Regan), Peggy Carter (played by Hayley Atwell) is transferred to the Los Angeles department of the S.S.R., which is now being run by Daniel Sousa (played by Enver Gjokaj), due to a case involving a female body having been found in a frozen lake. Meanwhile, Jack Thompson (played by Chad Michael Murray) now must attempt to interrogate Miss Underwood without the help of the show’s titular character.

I was worried going into this season, as I had felt the first season had a tough time making us care about the events of the show. I didn’t connect with the show until the second half of the first season, and only Hayley Atwell and James D’Arcy had kept me somewhat interested in the show. After having seen the first episode of season two, I’ll say that I’m still worried.

Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter is such a compelling character, but the writers, so far, have failed to really find story material that feels, for the lack of a better word, worthy enough to appear in the show. Thankfully, this episode didn’t just turn out to be a standalone, villain-of-the-week, episode.

Chad Michael Murray and Enver Gjokaj were fine as always, but the former really had a problem in this episode. There was little reason why we should care about what happened in the interrogation, and though I was left puzzled by Vernon Masters (played by Kurtwood Smith) ending the interrogation, the subplot wasn’t well executed and I didn’t care.

“It’s the flamingo, isn’t it?” – Edwin Jarvis.

“They eat avocado with everything!” – Edwin Jarvis.

I was surprised to see that while I thought Hayley Atwell was great, as always, it would be Edwin Jarvis (played by James D’Arcy) who stole the show for me. It might be his very best episodes on the show, which is a shame because the rest of the episode didn’t go as well as I had hoped. I enjoyed Reggie Austin as Dr Jason Wilkes, and I’m really excited to see more of him in the rest of the season.

Overall, I thought the season opener was somewhat mediocre. It didn’t really give us the right story material, the B-plot was less than interesting or pleasing, and, as a whole, the episode wasn’t memorable whatsoever.

B

I’m Jeffrey Rex

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