Season one of Marvel’s Agent Carter swept onto our TV screens, and much like its title heroine, it delivered a knockout punch. Great acting, action, and activism – what’s not to love? I’m proud to say that Agent Carter continues its good work in season two. Peggy Carter is back on the scene, and we should all be grateful.
The show even – dare I say it? – tops itself, making this season better than its first. Want to know how? Keep reading to find out more!
Up the Ante
Leviathan was bad, sure, but this season, if Agent Carter can’t save the day, the whole world might just blow up. Dealing with atomic bombs and the mysterious zero matter (which has ties to the upcoming Doctor Strange), Peggy has her work cut out for her. To make matters worse, she may have earned Thompson and Sousa’s loyalty, but there are powerful men with ties to the SSR who definitely don’t want Agent Carter to succeed.
Season one’s Dottie Underwood returns to square off against Peggy, but since she was in New York for most of the season, she hasn’t had a lot to do. Instead, Agent Carter has been focusing its attention on Whitney Frost, a version of the comics character Madame Masque. Frost is a scientific genius who becomes infected with zero matter. The show makes a point to compare her story to Peggy’s, noting it was men that taught Whitney she would have to lie and manipulate in order to get what she wanted.
Dealing with Racism
One of the major criticisms of the first season of Agent Carter was that it painted a very white picture of New York City. Hayley Atwell herself promised fans that the new season would do better, and in its second season, the show has tackled the issue of racism. New character Jason Wilkes is a black scientist, who had to deal with companies not wanting to hire him because of his skin color. Unfortunately, Agent Carter still has yet to introduce a black woman to its cast, but maybe next season?
“Smoke & Mirrors” was an amazing episode that gave us a look into Peggy’s life before she was Agent Carter. If you’re interested in learning how Peggy became a field agent and why she’s determined to succeed whatever lies in her way, this is the episode for you. Anyone that has felt like they have to conform to what society wants them to be will understand exactly why Peggy has done the things she’s done.
Use What Worked
Thankfully, not everything about season two of Agent Carter is different because season one was really good. Jarvis returns to help Peggy out, just like old times, and the show is as slickly paced as ever. Craving those action scenes set to 40s music? Check. Breaking into buildings nearly every episode? Double check. Keeping up the feminist message? Agent Carter has certainly got you covered.
Right now, Agent Carter’s future is up in the air, so if you loved the first season of the show but haven’t caught up on season two, this is your chance. Peggy Carter can make it to her next mission, but she needs our help. And even if you’re not for truth and justice, Agent Carter season two is just really good TV.
Marvel’s Agent Carter continues Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.