Agent Carter 2×04 ‘Smoke and Mirrors’: This episode was ‘Jarvelous’

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You know how I said this show hit its stride last week? Yeah, well they’re totally knocking it out of the park this week, and letting us all know just who they are and what they’re here for. Is it just me, or is this show basically a comic book in motion?

Well, just look at it: there are superhumans, eccentric millionaires, striking colors, striking hilarity, relationship drama, mysteries upon mysteries, shady government organizations, and a distinct hero and villain.

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Source: ABC

Of course if it were actually a comic book in the 40s, the distinct hero and villain would probably not be both women, but that’s why I love this show.

I honestly don’t know if I’m just stretching, but there is a certain magic to this season that reminds me of the pop, boom, bang of the golden age of comics, and it is just so exciting.

Just look at our main ladies: Peggy and Whitney were immediately built as hero and villain, and with a natural Marvel turn we got to see the tragic origin stories of both, and how certain moments shaped them into who they would become. While Peggy lost her brother and gained the determination to break off her marriage and join the war, years before Whitney had to give up her first dream of science and engineering to use the only thing her mother taught her to use: her looks.

Last season, we got to see how Peggy overcame the ingrained misogyny within her workplace. Now, while she still has to contend with men like Jack Thompson and Vernon Masters, she has fairly broken through the glass ceiling, and now the men who work with her trust her judgement and her abilities, and even in the case of Hunt, see her as a threat.

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Source: ABC

Whitney was also a giant in her field, but as the adage goes “beauty fades,” and she knew her time in the pictures was almost through. With her new found powers though, who gives a crap about beauty? Not Whitney. She seems almost proud of the universal crack crawling down her face, hearkening back to that little girl who refused to smile when she was told to. She doesn’t even need to use her womanly wiles around her husband anymore. Now she can use something she never thought she could: fear.

And while the way she broke that glass ceiling is less than ideal, and is shaping Whitney to travel down a very dark path, she is still finding her freedom and agency just like Peggy.

That’s why they’re inevitable fight is going to be both invigorating and bittersweet. I really don’t want Whitney to become a monster, she deserves much better than that, but it will be different to see what kind of terrifying villainess she will turn out to be.

All in all, this had to be my favorite episode of the season, and maybe even the show. It was enlightening, hilarious, and action packed. I loved it.

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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