Tuesday, March 1, 2016

TV REVIEW: AGENT CARTER SEASON TWO FINALE

TV REVIEW

AGENT CARTER

SEASON TWO FINALE
Well, that was an anti-climatic ending to a rather anti-climatic season. I liked the first season of "Agent Carter," for the most part. But I have to confess that this second season got kind of dull on the way to the end. Both seasons of "Agent Carter" start big, but they kind of weasel out in the finish. But they leave you with a nice cliffhanger at the very end. I have to say after that big cliffhanger after Thompson dies and some sensitive material involving Peggy Carter gets taken by an unknown assailant, I am now itching for next winter. That's been the funny thing about this show as a whole; big beginnings, slow endings, shocking cliffhanger, rinse, repeat. The thing I couldn't stand last year was that the cliffhanger had nothing to do with this season at all. We never saw the Russian mind-controller this year, we never saw Zola, we never saw a possible Leviathan/HYDRA collaboration. Why show it at all if you are not going to explore it next season? Isn't that the point of a cliffhanger?

To put it bluntly, all this season finale had to offer was Peggy, Jarvis, Howard Stark, Dr. Wilkes, Thompson, and Sczosa coming together to take the zero matter out of Frost's body before she can figure out the equation to get more herself. They put their minds together, they set up a plan, they execute that plan, they trap Frost. That's it. That's all we get. There was no real juice or grace to anything. Most plotlines for these superhero shows have been pretty straight forward, but "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "Arrow," "The Flash," "Daredevil" and "Jessica Jones" are all better shows simply because they put more power in their stories, they flesh out the characters in a bigger way, they milk out the suspense. What these shows do isn't original per se, but man, they tell a good and fun story. That's the most you can ask for in superhero shows, I just wish there was a little more excitement in this finale, more tension, more something.

But hey, Carter and Sczosa kissed! And Jarvis' wife is okay! And Carter is sticking around in Los Angeles!

Also, when the hell are Stark and Carter going to start S.H.I.E.L.D.? Because I'd figure they would have by the end of this season, and I don't get what's taking so long. It is starting to conflict with the current MCU timeline, so they best get on that.

I'll be interested to see how zero matter plays in "Doctor Strange" this November, as it was hinted that this season would set that movie up. I'd like a season three for "Agent Carter" simply because I have lots of questions. What's going on with Zola and the remnants of Leviathan? Who shot Thompson? Where does the corruption end connected to Vernon Masters? Where is Dottie Underwood, who is ripe to become this shows' Grant Ward? Where the hell is S.H.I.E.L.D.? There are plenty of ways this show could keep going. If it does get a third season, I only ask that they set the stakes high for these characters. There were a couple times where that happened this season, but then chickened out on any further development to wrap up the happy ending. There are some big stakes they could explore for Peggy Carter next season, and I hope the show willingly explores that. Let's have a third season that starts and ends big. That is my biggest, boldest hope.

What did everyone else think?  

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