Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Agent Carter Season 2, Episode 4, "Smoke and Mirrors" EXPECTATIONS

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Agent Carter returns tonight with “Smoke and Mirrors” (2x04) at 9:00 PM Eastern/Pacific.  What do we expect from tonight's episode?

What happened in the last episode, “Better Angels”?
Peggy and Sousa investigated the Isodyne explosion and discovered evidence that Wilkes was a Russian spy (though Peggy dismissed it immediately as being too obvious).  However, Thompson (who surprised them with a visit) tried to push them into dropping the investigation and allowing him to “protect” them by covering up the fact that Peggy was running all over Hollywood with an accused Russian spy.  Peggy gets very heated at Thompson and storms off to keep investigating on her own.

She and Jarvis visit Howard on the set of his new movie, Kid Colt: Outlaw, a movie about a comic book superhero who happens to be a real person (do you hear that sound? That’s the sound of the fourth wall shattering).  Howard explains that the pin she’d found is from the Arena Club, a rich white men’s club.  Peggy uses Howard (and a herd of Howard’s lady friends/“production assistants”) to sneak into the club and find evidence that they are rigging the senatorial election.  When she takes this to Thompson (without the evidence), he laughs her off.

Peggy and Sousa discover a gravitational anomaly around her, and when they visit Howard he uses a chemical concoction to reveal… Wilkes, alive and well, albeit intangible.  Howard makes him permanently visible, and the two of them start working on making Wilkes tangible again.

Sousa discovers that Whitney Frost is actually the stage name of Agnes Cully, the brilliant scientist behind most of Isodyne’s work.  Meanwhile, Frost herself is suffering the aftereffects of Zero Matter exposure in the form of a Zero Matter scar on her forehead and the ability to suck hapless directors into her palms.

Thompson watches the Isodyne film on Peggy’s insistence, hands it over to Masters, and discovers from him that Peggy’s accusation of election rigging was correct.

Episode Synopsis for “Smoke and Mirrors”:
“Agent Carter and the SSR learn there's more than just a pretty face behind Hollywood star Whitney Frost, Peggy's most dangerous foe yet.”

Continuing plot points:

  • Dottie the proto-Black Widow loose in America
  • Whitney Frost as a different kind of foil for Peggy
  • Corruption in Hollywood—the Council of Nine (are they connected to Ancient Hydra?)
  • Darkforce/Zero Matter—a potential minor tie-in with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Doctor Strange

What I am looking for tonight:

  • More displays of Zero Matter ability from Frost
  • Peggy will uncover more evidence of the Council’s work
  • The Council will begin taking steps to neutralize Peggy as a threat
  • Thompson will have to make a decision
  • Wilkes’ intangibility will give him a major edge in helping Peggy uncover evidence against the Council
  • Another showdown between Peggy and Frost

What would be awesome but probably won’t happen:
We discover that Howard is in the process of creating his own “Marvel Cinematic In-Universe” with Marvel’s Western heroes.

So what are you looking for in tonight’s episode?  What is there that you really want to see but may not see at all?

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