Starks, light rays, and melting agents, oh my! Make sure you watch before you read!
Well, it wasn’t long at all before the show threw Howard Stark into the mix, and in doing so provided us with a very strong episode. Peggy’s search for information regarding Zero Matter sent her on a collision course with the man himself, because let’s face it: who better to go to in a time like this? Howard has always been a strong part of the show, and that didn’t slow down with his new gig as a film director (film is just science after all!). His excitement at the otherworldly problems was fun to watch, as he stopped sleeping and drank only coffee while picking away at each one.
Among these problems was the fact that Wilkes (who was obviously not dead) existed as nothing more than light rays. The fact that he essentially just needed to be exposed like a photograph in order to be seen was an interesting plot point. I’m warming up to the character after my hesitations last week, but I can still honestly say I don’t feel the romance building between him and Peggy. But I’m interested to see if Wilkes’ new situation will ever be utilized as an ability, rather than just a debilitation.
Maybe he could trade this “relationship” for powers?
The other victim of Zero Matter seemed to be slightly better off, as Whitney Frost continued to show her evil side. The passive-aggressive confrontation between her and Peggy was great, and I can’t wait to see them together with neither holding back. Frost is still one of my favorite parts of the new season. The demonstration of her newfound powers was rather horrifying, as she absorbed (melted?) her agent on accident. It’s an interesting direction to go, giving her character these powerful abilities, considering her comic book equivalent doesn’t have anything similar — though it’s a shame she didn’t receive frost powers.
The most annoying part of this episode was certainly Thompson. I mean, how stubborn can that man be? Even after watching the film reel, he still seemed unconvinced. Hopefully, his realization when glancing the newspaper will lead him in the right direction in realizing Peggy was in the right.
Speaking of that group of people, did anyone else have an epiphany in regards to their true identity? Any Agents of SHIELD watchers notice the resemblance between the symbol of the club (and the important clip Dottie was after) and another symbol of importance? I’ll let you put the pieces together, but it’s a really neat connection, and it’s things like that that pleasantly surprise me.
They may even surprise Whitney.
With Howard Stark flying off to another country, our crew is left on their own until he returns with potential help for Wilkes. While I was sad at the lack of Dottie, her inclusion would have probably muddled an already great episode. The overarching story is already picking up steam faster than last year, providing us with awesome new characters like Whitney Frost. If the show can keep this momentum up, then we have a really awesome season ahead of us. Here’s to hoping!
Article by contributor Russ Milheim.