TV Review: Agent Carter S2E1 The Lady in the Lake, S2E2 A View in the Dark

Agent_CarterIn the first episode, dedicated to the fight against new Atomic Age threats in the wake of World War II, Agent Carter journeys from New York City to Los Angeles for her most dangerous and bizarre assignment yet.

In the second episode, Peggy discovers her murder investigation has huge ramifications that can destroy her career, as well as everyone near and dear to her.

Agent Carter is back in a two hour episode that sees her heading across the country to Los Angeles to deal with a strange death that of course turns in to so much more. Making the debut might actually have been a mistake as I found myself spacing out as the show moved along.

The episode kicks off with a dead body and some weird ice like substance and spins out in to weird goo that looks like a certain black mass from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The episode is a decent follow up to last season, but the pacing, and action all fall a bit flat with both too much attempting to be fit in, and not enough at the same. Finishing watching the episode, I feel like I’m unsure exactly what I watched and it was all forgettable in a way.

The good of it is the characters themselves.

Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter is fantastic as usual. Her back and forth with James D’Arcy‘s Edwin Jarvis is excellent. I will say that an increased role for Enver Gjokaj‘s Daniel Sousa was a nice addition. He’s an excellent actor and using him more is great.

The acting and interactions are solid, the plot though is almost forgettable, like we’ve seen it before elsewhere. It doesn’t feel unique or intrinsic to her, unlike the first season. Also missing is that solid feminist message. Some guys give her a look and check her out, but that’s about all there is. When the second hour came to a close, I had mostly forgotten what I watched during the last two hours.

While it’s nice to see Agent Carter back, I had hoped it’d have been better than this.

Overall Score: 6.3