Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
Hayley Atwell, James D’Arcy, Enver Gjokaj, Chad Michael Murray, Wynn Everett, Bridget Regan
January 19, 2016
Summary for Moms:
After the events of Agent Carter Season 1, Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), having apprehended the escaped Dottie Underwood (Bridget Regan), is called out to the SSR’s L.A. branch to help Agent Daniel Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) with a murder investigation. A woman’s body is found frozen in a lake… during a heatwave. On the trail of the potential culprit, Carter crosses paths with Scientist Jason Wilkes (Reggie Austin), Senator Calvin Chadwick (Currie Graham), and his wife Whitney Frost (Wynn Everett), all of whom are linked to a mysterious substance called “Zero Matter” that is not only associated with the murder case, but may have dire implications for the world as we know it.
After the second half of Agent Carter Season 1, my mom was completely onboard with Season 2. Likewise, the second season of this show, starts off already running, with all the heavy character development out of the way. But now, we’re introduced to Peggy’s exploits in a new locale, sunny California with brings with it its own share of Stark eccentricities.
The show continues to clip along with a bunch of new characters, including this season’s Big Bad, Whitney Frost or, as comic book fans know her, Madame Masque. The show turns Masque into a far more tragic and, quite frankly, psychotic figure than she is in the comics, but she is compelling. My mom was always interested in what she was doing and what exactly she was planning as she sought the mysterious Zero Matter.
Zero Matter is, well, I can’t really tell you what it is, aside from this season’s stumbling block. The entire concept of Zero Matter is simply treated as an infinitely powerful macguffin that does whatever the plot needs it to do with little to no explanation aside from “it came from another dimension”. Which, in hindsight, works if they’re doing a late-40s early-50s sci-fi movie pastiche. But, audience-wise, it had my mom confused and me frantically trying to make up explanations to compensate.
Which is a real shame, because the rest of the show – its characters, events, and performances – are quite good. The plot moves along at a brisk pace and has a lot of good intrigue, which kept my mom rapt. The re-introduction of Dottie was a sore point for her (in a good way), and she was interested in several of the new characters and gained a new appreciation for some of the old. Edwin Jarvis’ bumbling this time around was more appealing to her for some reason.
Season 2 of Agent Carter is much less of a mixed bag than the previous Season and showed a lot of great promise. It’s a real shame we won’t be seeing any more seasons, as far as I know. My mom was certainly disappointed that she wouldn’t be seeing these characters again.
Mom Rating (Out of Five):
- At one point, my mom referred to Dottie as a “real bitch”.
- That’s the first time I’ve ever heard her use that word, so I was real shocked.
- To the point of speechlessness.
- If you think I’m wasting 5 bullets on this point, you don’t know my mom.
- But if you’ve read all these blog posts, maybe you kinda do.