Tuesday, February 3, 2015

TV REVIEW- "Agent Carter" (Episode 4, Season 1)

The thing I loved most about this week's episode of "Agent Carter" was the triumphant return of Dum Dum Dugan, reprised once again by Neal McDonough.
In this episode, Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), deciphers a code SSR has been trying to crack for days. It reads like Howard Stark is selling weapons to Leviathan, the Russian terrorist group that surfaced at the beginning of the series. Roger Dooley (Shea Whigham) gets Jack Thompson (Chad Micheal Murray) to put a team together to go overseas to stop the transaction of weapons to the Russians. Bent on uncovering the truth, Carter wants to go with. We know she can handle a gun and she has some friends that she desperately wants to recruit for help...that means Howling Commandos, Captain America's team from "Captain America: The First Avenger." Even though not every actor who portrayed a Howling Commando returns for this, I just love that Neal McDonough played the part of Dum Dum Dugan again, and that he has enough of a presence to make his acting count.
I liked that this episode focused on one primary storyline. I don't really think all any of the subplots they have been introducing so far have been that interesting. I much prefer an episode focusing on one exciting mission, rather than break away from the action for Peggy to go hang out with her gal pals. I liked that we learned a little bit more about Leviathan, something that I have been curious about since January. I also have to say that I liked the subtle Invaders reference Dum Dum Dugan makes at the end of the episode, good for laughs if your a Marvel boy like me.
What I also found interesting was we learned a little bit more about Dottie (Bridget Regan), Peggy's neighbor who mysteriously killed someone last episode. I gave up several theories revolving around what that might mean, and they were brought to life tonight. It seems that Dottie is indeed a member of Leviathan, and she is trying to subvert Peggy's efforts. It seems like this is going to be arc that will help finish out this series and it seems Regan has been given an incredibly juicy role to play. I hope she plays it well, she certainly seems up to the task and I hope she runs with it. It also seems like someone in the SSR might be closing in on the fact that Peggy helped Stark in some way, and it seems next week that this information will blow everything out of proportion, we shall see though.
What did you think of tonight's episode?

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