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Agent Carter Season 2 Premiere Recap – Welcome to L.A.!

Agent Carter Season 2 Premiere Recap

Agent Carter Season 2

Perhaps hoping to catch some new viewers, Agent Carter season 2 had a complete makeover, and I’m not sure it was really a necessary change. Don’t get me wrong, Peggy and the rest of the gang (particularly Jarvis) are still in top form, but the writers didn’t really need to fix what was already working…

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The season 2 premiere gave us two episodes: “The Lady in the Lake” and “A View in the Dark.” With noir like titles to emphasize the show’s move to L.A., the show promised a new kind of adventure for our heroine. And even though I’m still iffy about the move, the dialogue was just as snappy as ever.

Agent Carter Season 2

The first episode begins in New York with Dottie breaking into a bank. Peggy, of course, finally apprehends her and is beginning to make progress in the interrogation room when Chief Jack Thompson decides to get Peggy out of his way by sending her to L.A. where Sousa had been relocated (Thompson clearly still wants to take the credit for everything). There’s a Marvel type murder to be solved: a woman frozen in ice and Sousa needs help solving the case.

Thankfully, for Peggy, Jarvis and Howard Stark just happen to be living in L.A. while Howard pursues the movie industry. With a place to stay and her old sleuthing partner around again (Jarvis really wants an adventure), Peggy is back and ready to crack a seemingly unsolvable mystery.

In the meantime, Sousa doesn’t seem so pleased to see Peggy. There’s an awkward distance between the two. Clearly, something happened, but we don’t know what. There’s also the problem of Sousa practically being engaged – he has the ring to propose – to the nicest girl ever while still having feelings for Peggy. The situation is rather complicated.

Agent Carter Season 2
Peggy and Jarvis meet actress Whitney Frost and her suspicious husband.

The serial killer case is just as complicated and a conspiracy has started to unravel. During their investigation, Peggy and Sousa end up at a company called Isodyne Energy, a company that deals with technology capable of freezing their victim to death. Once there, Peggy makes an ally in a scientist named Jason Wilkes (a way to show the racism in L.A.), a romance beginning to brew between the two until he either gets blown up or sucked into the Zero Matter dimension. Only time will tell…

At the center of the mystery is aging actress Whitney Frost, a woman, along with her politician husband, that are interesting in uncovering the secrets behind this dangerous Zero Matter. Her husband also sits on the council of a corrupt group of men.

Another corrupt man seems to be Jack Thompson’s FBI mentor who takes over the Dottie case, claiming it’s for Jack’s own good. I personally smell a rat!

Elsewhere in the Season 2 Premiere

Agent Carter Season 2

We are FINALLY introduced to Jarvis’s wife and she’s quite the little firecracker! It’s hard not to like her. That doesn’t mean that I’m not secretly hoping that they kill her off, and leave the door just a smidge open for Jarvis and Peggy down the road. I’m kind of not sorry for thinking this.

Thoughts on the Agent Carter Season 2 Premiere

Agent Carter Season 2
Peggy and Wilkes

It was entertaining, charming, witty, and an all-around fun time. Still, the back and forth between New York and L.A. was a little jarring. I LIKED the setup at the end of last season. Now, Angie the actress has no part to play (though why they didn’t write her into the Hollywood plot is beyond me), and the romantic entanglements are as confusing as all get out. We have Sousa who clearly doesn’t know what he wants, Wilkes who takes up too much Jarvis sleuthing time, and then the extreme tension between Peggy and Jarvis while his wife is watching. The sparring scene between the two of them was so palpable that it’s difficult to understand just where this story is headed. Add in the meta line from Jarvis about not finding “the right actor” yet as a love interest and this gets even more confusing.

Overall, I quite enjoyed the premiere (and it remains one of my favorite shows on TV) even if the mystery is a little less intriguing than the Howard Stark mystery from season 1.

Quote of the Week

Jarvis: Aside from Danger, my middle name is Charming.

What do you think of Agent Carter Season 2 so far? Sound off below…


Photos: ABC

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By on January 20th, 2016

About Autumn Topping

In second grade, Autumn wrote her first story, “The Spinach Monster,” and hasn't stopped writing since. Intrigued by the tales her grandmother told of vampires, witches, and ghosts as a girl, she's always been drawn to the fantastic. Later, Autumn studied English and Creative Writing (continuing her love for classic literature and everything old-fashioned) and graduated with an MA in Children’s Literature and an MS in Library & Information Science from Simmons College. Currently, she co-runs this lovely blog and works as a YA Librarian.

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10 thoughts on “Agent Carter Season 2 Premiere Recap – Welcome to L.A.!”

  1. exactly!! i love agent carter without all of thess VERY CONFUSING, VERY VAGUE ROMANTIC PLOT LINES . IT’S AS IF SHE COULD EASILY END UP WITH SOUSA, JARVIS, STARK, OR WILKES AND THERE’S NO WAY TO DETERMINE WHO IT’LL BE AT ALL

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  2. Great review Autumn! I just watched the premiere today and I’m loving it! Peggy’s awesome per usual! I definitely see what you’re saying about the confusing love-lines, though… I guess I’ve became so desensitized by American TV by now that I wasn’t surprised. I usually expect it to make no sense, lol. But I didn’t even pick up on that meta moment with Jarvis but now that you said that, it makes a lot of sense. But it’s also odd, to me, for the writers/crew to admit that they don’t have the right actor. It’s almost suggesting that they don’t think anyone has chemistry with Peggy and they’re still searching… but that’s not something I want to hear, lol.

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  3. I’m all for a good romance, but I really, really love Peggy and Jarvis as friends, so I would be very disappointed if they got together. I really liked Mrs. J as well and though the scene with Peggy and Jarvis fighting seemed suggestive, I saw it entirely as a way to show how awkward Jarvis can be and how completely secure Mrs. J is in their relationship which I love. I hope it stays that way. I’m supposing they’re not putting Peggy obviously in any relationship to build tension. I don’t mind that at this point. I really liked Wilkes though, and I pray he returns. I don’t think any of the changes had a big impact on the show. I adored the episodes. Can’t wait for more.

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    • I LOVE Peggy and Jarvis as friends which is why I’ve always been disappointed that they made his character married when the two actors have such awesome chemistry. And now I like his wife too. I just love his character in general. If they were going to do anything with Jarvis and Peggy (which I don’t think they will and I wouldn’t want them to unless the wife was out of the picture for a long time), I would want their future to be more implied at the end of the show.

      I also get what you are saying with the sparring scene. It was definitely meant to show how awkward Jarvis is, but I do think there is something else there, something that will never be acted on that’s been there from the beginning like when Jarvis bandaged Peggy’s leg last season. I think they want some implied feelings that will never be acted on because both characters are honorable and he truly loves his wife. Just my thoughts.

      And I wouldn’t expect Wilkes to be gone forever. This is Marvel after all…

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  4. Still WAY back on S1 of this show, but I’m continually impressed and always enjoy it. (Taking my time with it, I suppose.) So much fun – and the costumes!? *swoon*

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