Agent Carter “Smoke and Mirrors” Review

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If you haven’t seen this week’s episode of Agent Carter, it’ll be best for all of us if you don’t continue reading and spoil the surprises for yourself!

One of my favorite parts of this episode was the unique way it shined light on two of our main characters’ backstories. Those dueling origins are focused on none other than Peggy and Whitney, showcasing their life growing up and the circumstances that lead to today. Each story fit perfectly into what we already knew about the character, and only enriched their development. While I have to suspend my disbelief that we’ve never heard of Peggy’s brother before now, it didn’t take away from the emotion of her learning that he died while deployed.

As for Whitney Frost, the cat is out of the bag. While her powers are still unknown to our team, her husband got a front row seat — her confidence with these newfound abilities is certainly building. She is becoming a powerhouse that could easily wipe out team Carter. It will be interesting to see how the team deals with her, as I assume her powers will only grow stronger from here.

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And perhaps even more glamorous.

Another big development in this episode was Carter coming face to face with Vernon Masters. Not including Thompson, Vernon hasn’t come close to the main characters. This changed as he came down the offices to prevent the raid on the club himself, providing both Peggy and Sousa with a warning to tread lightly.

I appreciated that Sousa wouldn’t take no for an answer and wouldn’t stand for being sidelined — it gets annoying when any show sidelines a character for weeks on end when you know full well that they’ll be an active part of everything down the line. So it’s great to see Agent Carter avoid that, with Sousa actively taking part in illegal interrogation (and torture). I can also still confirm that I’m on the Sousa-Carter train. She and Wilkes aren’t going to last too long, nor will Sousa and his fiance.

Speaking of Wilkes, he finally started to see a way out of everything. All he had to do was “let go” — a unique development that brings plenty of possibilities to the table. Will Wilkes be able to transcend realities? Teleport from place to place? I think it’s fair to say there’s a huge aspect of his power he hasn’t learned about yet. I have a feeling he’ll be a key weapon against Frost when she reaches her zenith.

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This picture may look a bit strange out of context…

The dueling flashbacks are among some of my favorite things the show has done so far. As simple as they were, they provided a compelling look into what made these characters who they are — even if their focus came at the cost of some characters sitting out the episode entirely. And I’m surprised the show made a big deal with Dottie and her connection to Carter in the first episode, but has yet to reconnect with that story. Overall though, you could say this episode was quite “Jarvelous”.

Article by contributor Russ Milheim.

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