Thursday, January 14, 2016

Agent Carter Season 2 EXPECTATIONS

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Agent Carter returns next week to start its season 2 run.  Next week we will get two episodes:  “The Lady in the Lake” (2x01) at 9:00 PM Eastern/Pacific and “A View in the Dark” (2x02) at 10:00 PM Eastern/Pacific.  What do we expect from this season?

What happened last season?
Peggy struggled to settle into a peacetime role in the Strategic Scientific Reserve after serving with distinction alongside Captain America and the Howling Commandos in World War II.  In contrast to the purpose and meaning she found during the war, Peggy is faced with men who treat her like a second-class citizen because of her gender.

This all changes when Howard Stark returns to her life and asks her to help clear his name of a charge of treason for selling weapons to enemies of America.  He assigns his butler, Edwin Jarvis, to assist her in the investigation.  Over the course of the investigation Peggy finds herself uncovering and stopping a plot by the Soviet splinter intelligence agency Leviathan, which seeks to use one of Howard’s stolen inventions, “Midnight Oil,” to turn the city of New York against itself and frame Howard for the crime.  She must combat the mind control abilities of Dr. Johann Fennhoff (known in the comics as “Dr. Faustus”) as well as the abilities of elite Soviet agent Dottie Underwood, who is herself a proto-Black Widow.  In the end Peggy foils their plot while simultaneously coming to terms with the tragic loss of the love of her life, Steve Rogers.

Season Synopsis:
Dedicated to the fight against new Atomic Age threats in the wake of World War II, Agent Peggy Carter journeys from New York City to Los Angeles for her most dangerous – and bizarre – assignment yet. East Coast SSR Chief Jack Thompson sends Peggy to work with newly appointed West Coast SSR Chief Daniel Sousa to explore a strange homicide involving a body that glows and emanates cold.
Upon her arrival, Peggy reunites with Howard Stark’s butler and her loyal partner-in-crime, Edwin Jarvis, who welcomes her to the Hollywood life and sets her up at Stark’s mansion. There, Peggy meets Ana, Jarvis’ free-spirited and devoted wife to whom she takes an immediate liking.
Eventually, the odd investigation leads Peggy to quirky yet charming scientist Jason Wilkes, who quickly becomes an ally — and sparks fly. As Peggy continues to find clues in this peculiar case, she is introduced to the machinations of Whitney Frost, a movie starlet, brilliant physicist and the true power behind husband and senatorial candidate Calvin Chadwick. Calvin, a politician who will do anything to get to the top, befriends Vernon Masters, a veteran of the War Department with a keen understanding of how to work the system. Peggy soon discovers that corruption seemingly runs deep, making it hard to distinguish the good versus the bad.
The search comes full circle when Russian spy Dottie Underwood returns into Peggy’s life in a new and unexpected way. But even as Peggy discovers a new city, both old and new friends – and potentially a new love – she’s about to learn the bright lights of post-war Hollywood mask a more sinister threat to everyone she is sworn to protect.

Season-long plot points:

  • Dottie the proto-Black Widow loose in America
  • Whitney Frost as a different kind of foil for Peggy
  • Corruption in Hollywood
  • Darkforce—a potential minor tie-in with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Doctor Strange

What I am looking for this season:

  • “Peggy vs. the Patriarchy” will at the very least take a backseat.  We got a lot of that in season 1, and I’d like to see them move on—for the most part.  Besides, with Sousa as the West Coast Chief, the “Peggy vs. the Patriarchy” story loses a lot of its teeth.
  • Having said that, I think racism could be taking the place of sexism this season, as the promo photos seem to highlight the African-American characters
  • Dottie will take a backseat to Madame Masque, but she will still be a player
  • Darkforce energy will serve as the major connective tissue between Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.—to say nothing of its hinted connection to Doctor Strange
  • I’m not sure how likely it is, but I really want to see the Howling Commandos again
  • Peggy will be in a better place emotionally—as far as Steve is concerned—but still have a couple moments of visibly thinking about/missing him
    • Those moments will probably be connected in some way to her new love interest
  • I think that by the end of the season S.H.I.E.L.D. will have been founded

What would be awesome but probably won’t happen:
This season introduces Isaiah Bradley, the last remaining survivor of a U.S. Army attempt to recreate the Super-Soldier Serum, and Bradley teams up with the S.S.R./S.H.I.E.L.D.

So what are you looking for this season?  What is there that you really want to see but may not see at all?

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