Here’s my review of Agent Carter season two episode “Better Angels.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.
This was an entertaining episode—any appearance by Howard Stark is fun—but something about this episode just seemed to drag. By the end of it, what have our main characters accomplished? Other than discovering that Wilkes is still alive (yay!), not a whole lot. It’s weird to say that “Better Angels” is a filler episode in such a short season, but that’s really what it felt like.
The biggest problem was simply that Carter and Sousa’s investigation had so many setbacks. A lot of the episode was spent with Carter trying to convince everyone Wilkes wasn’t a communist, and then trying to convince Thompson to be on their side. By now, the stubborn conflict between Thompson and Carter seems a bit trite. His problems with Carter made sense at the beginning of season one but not here in season two when he already knows how capable Carter is. Sure, jealous motivates his actions but that’s a tired cliché to lean on. There are hints that he’ll see reason because he lies to Vernon about watching the evidence film and he does see the newspaper at the end of the episode. Hopefully, this will help get things moving again in the next episode.
The infiltration of the Arena Club was interesting because it does show us a tiny bit more about the bad guys pulling the strings behind the scenes even if we don’t get to see them. For me, it’s always fun to watch Carter infiltrate a place and sneak around because she’s so good at it. (She’s like a Hollywood glam version of MacGyver) The infiltration provided some action which picked up the pace of the episode a bit. And later when the assassin goes after her, that fight scene was good as well while also giving Jarvis something to do.
But by the end of the episode, the biggest plot point is Whitney Frost, who is finally learning what she can do with zero matter. While she’s sucking people into her hands (??!!), Sousa and Carter discover her true identity. This sets up some interesting stuff for the next episode. Hopefully this new info will kick things into high gear next week.
Notes in Disguise
- I see your comic book source material meta-joke and I appreciate it.
- Glad to see that Wilkes truly didn’t die, but I’m sad he’s gonna be stuck in the lab for a bit.
- Can Vernon get any shadier?? He might as well be waving red flags in the air whenever he goes to talk to Thompson.
- When Whitney started crying to convince Calvin, I actually shouted “don’t fall for it, she’s an actress!” at my TV.
- Howard took a lot of the humorous bits here. Such as not remembering getting kidnapped by Dottie until Jarvis told him what he’d been wearing that day.
- Apologies for the delay in posting this. I had internet issues 😦
So what did you think? Like it or hate it? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.