Agent Carter 2×03 ‘Better Angels’: Black magic woman

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Actually, it’s more Zero Matter woman, but holy crap, there’s a person with actual powers on this show! Not that the show needed a superhuman, (and or an Inhuman) for that matter, but it adds another layer to an already multidimensional show, and gives it that distinct Marvel flair. With this episode, I feel like Agent Carter has really hit its stride and I couldn’t be more excited.

This show has always been a drama with a bit of comedy mixed in, but it never felt so balanced as it has in this episode. While Howard goes on about his obsession with Velveeta to Jarvis, Peggy is trying not to feel guilty about Jason being turned into a ghostlike figure right out of their field of vision, and while Peggy infiltrates the Arena Club, Howard and his gaggle of ladies take the place over in a beautiful and funny way.

And don’t even get me started on those inside jokes about making comic book movies, and Jarvis’ disembodied voice.

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It just seems like it really hit a good note this episode, and in more ways than just comedy.

God, the intrigue this season is insane! Not only do we have Hedy Lamarr’s supervillain counterpart, but now Jack is being thrown into the mix of the Arena club and their shady council, and I’m not 100% sure which way Jack is going to go.

That idea was obviously a big part of last season as well, but even now with Jack and Peggy having an established relationship, he’s still chafing over how good she is at her job, so seeing how she was right about the Arena Club all along probably didn’t make matters better.

The whole thing with the Zero Matter alone is interesting and pretty terrifying, especially when it comes to Whitney’s role within it. Last week, I mentioned how Whitney and Peggy are very close character wise, and this week showed that even more. Whitney and Peggy are giants within their industries. They know what they’re about, and where they stand. It’s just the rest of the male population that underestimate them, and while both of them use that to their advantage, Whitney takes a darker turn. While her husband is the face of Isodyne, she’s the brains behind the whole operation, and she knows exactly how to play with him to get what she wants, even if it’s murder.

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Source: ABC

The fact that she now has these almost indescribable powers that can get rid of anyone (or just any man) who gets in her way, adds a whole new level to what she is capable of. And while these powers are seemingly going to mar her beauty (i.e. the only thing that makes her money and that anyone ever notices about her), it’ll be interesting to see how she’ll deal with it. I doubt it’s going to end well for her, but so far I’m really enjoying her character and all of the promise she has.

All in all, this was such a solid episode that opened up even more possibilities for the rest of this already solid season.

Marnie Azzarelli

Marnie Azzarelli

is your average everyday horror writer and TV watcher, who finds herself connecting on a deep level with mythical monsters, and serial killers. She lives in a fantasy world that Joss Whedon created where she goes through a minimum of four character arcs per season, and Spike and Leo Fitz fight for her hand in marriage. When not glued to her TV or laptop, she talks to her cats about life, and writes characters that (she hopes) are crazier than herself. Check out her writing blog in the hopes that she’ll post more than once a week.


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