Agent Carter Season 2, Episode 1 – The Lady in the Lake

Season two!! It’s my first season two of a show I’m reviewing, y’all! Progress is being made, slowly but surely. There’s a bit of a different vibe to the first episode of season two of Agent Carter, and I think there’s a simple reason why – the shift from New York to Los Angeles. Let’s get started!

Highlights

  • A woman who is dressed like Peggy Carter in the first episode of Season one – sensible shoes, navy ensemble, red hat – walks into a bank with a group of men. She walks up to the counter and pulls her gun. It’s a robbery! And OH BOY, that’s Dottie with Peggy colored hair! Remember, Dottie escaped in the season one finale. Her man draw guns on all the bank employees and she brings the manager back to the vault. He opens in up, one of her goons goes in and gets shot… by Peggy, who is waiting in the vault! The SSR knew that Dottie was coming, and all the bank employees were actually agents. How exciting. Dottie and Peggy fight inside the bank vault and Dottie is eventually taken into custody. Chad Michael Murray leads the arrests of everyone in the lobby! We’re back!
  • Meanwhile, it’s Los Angeles, 1947. Chief Daniel Sousa responds to the scene of a body found in a lake. Except it’s the middle of summer and the lake is… frozen? Also, this detective has a nasty cold – in the year of our lord 2020, I wouldn’t go anywhere near that dude – stay home, buddy! Anyway. Because it’s the middle of summer and the body is frozen in a block of ice, the SSR gets involved in the case.
  • In New York, Peggy is interrogating Dottie, and these two gross dudes are watching. Chief CMM has the decency to tell them to take a hike, but then he gets a call from Sousa asking for more agent help. CMM, who appears to still be a bit of a misogynist, decides to send Peggy. So he pulls Peggy out of the interrogation and tells her to catch the next flight to LA.
  • She arrives in LA and is greeted by Mr. Jarvis! Yay! He has a flamingo in his car as well, because… Mr. Stark. He drops Peggy off at a talent agency that is a front for the SSR office, and she goes in to see Sousa. Who I guess hasn’t been returning her calls… awkward. Anyway, they start working on the case immediately. First stop… medical examiner’s office.
  • When they show up, it’s freezing in the room. The ME says he hasn’t started on anything yet, because the body is frozen solid. But when he turns the lights off, she glows… that’s not a great start. They find out that she worked at Isodyne Energy, and they head over there to find out more.
  • Meanwhile, CMM tries to interrogate Dottie and is unsuccessful almost immediately, getting pinned to the floor under a table. Then Dottie is taken away by the FBI.
  • The front desk lady at Isodyne is super not helpful, so before they leave, Peggy asks to use the bathroom. Sousa takes over charming the front desk lady while Peggy sneaks into the back, where she runs into Jason Wilkes, an Isodyne scientist who wants to show her his new booze recipe, lol. She obliges, and then introduces herself as an agent with the SSR. She asks about the lady in the lake (whose name escapes me), and he says that there were rumors that she was involved with the owner of the company, senatorial candidate Calvin Chadwick. That’s all Peggy needs, and the receptionist finds her and escorts her out.
  • Peggy and Mr. Jarvis go “undercover” at a horse race, where Chadwick is shaking hands and kissing babies or whatever political candidates do. Jarvis charms Chadwick’s wife, Whitney Frost, who is an actress. And Peggy works on Chadwick. Once Chadwick figures out what Peggy is after, he clams up, claiming he had no idea one of his employees died and getting angry when Peggy suggested she was more than just an employee.
  • Back in New York, CMM is having a drink with the FBI guy who took Dottie away, who asks CMM if he’d rather be a big fish in a dying pond or a cog in a machine, or something like that. CMM says he’d rather be a cog.
  • The group returns to the medical examiner’s office, where the ME appears to be frozen. Sousa reaches out to touch his shoulder and he shatters, breaking into tiny black pieces all over the ground. They call in a clean up team, and Peggy sends for Mr. Jarvis to bring Jason Wilkes over to have a look. He says he’s never seen anything like this before.
  • The detective is getting a drink from the water fountain when it freezes solid – he’s been exposed to something too. I KNEW THAT WASN’T A COLD. Anyway, he kidnaps Wilkes in the hopes that he can save him. But Peggy, Jarvis, and Sousa are on the trail, where they rescue Wilkes and the detective gets shot… at which point, he too shatters into tiny black pieces of something.
  • Chadwick and Frost meet up with the cop that shot the detective and hand him an envelope, likely filled with cash. Frost makes a comment about her husband straying, and he looks ashamed, at least.
  • Wilkes returns to Isodyne and watches this black, mass-less good moving around on its own in a sealed container. What even is that? We don’t know yet!

Timeline Progress

It’s 1947 now, so a couple years after the war, and further removed from Captain America’s untimely death. That’s all we know for now!


Connections and Easter Eggs

The black goo seems like it’s going to be a thing. But otherwise, aside from Peggy and Mr. Stark, nothing new to report.


Likes and Dislikes

Likes: Peggy. Sousa. CMM! Wilkes. The flamingo. Jarvis and Jarvis’s wife, who makes a small appearance! Dottie, who says only Peggy can interrogate her.

Dislikes: That detective. Those dumb agents who didn’t think Peggy could interrogate Dottie. Chadwick and Frost – they give off weird, shady vibes.


Rating

A reminder of the rating scale:

  • Red = Couldn’t even get through it
  • Orange = Ugh, no thank you
  • Yellow = I mean, I’ve seen worse, but there were problems
  • Green = This was good! 
  • Blue = Oh my gosh, I loved this movie/show!
  • Purple = This is the unicorn of movies/shows and I will be rewatching it until Disney+ starts asking questions and EVERYONE should be watching it!

This was a solid season premiere – the perfect amount of returning characters and plot mixed with new intrigue and characters. I’m giving Season 2, Episode 1 a GREEN rating! I don’t know enough to give it any higher yet, but this is a good start!

Higher, further, faster, baby!

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