Welcome to VOCIFERY, my attempt to re-watch every piece of media in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – every movie, every television series, every one-shot, every web series, and every tie-in comic book, using the Wikipedia entry on the MCU as a guide, before the release of Avengers 4 in May 2019. Join me as I write my thoughts about what I’m seeing, as I see it!
Also, spoilers follow – if you’re worried about that kind of thing, view before reading.
Agent Carter: Season 1 Eps 06-08 (2015)
As I wrote last week, I have a hard time reconciling Agent Carter within the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe: the story doesn’t seem like it lines up with the portrayal of the character in other parts of the universe, especially Captain America: The First Avenger. And for that reason, it doesn’t feel like it was necessarily worth my time.
I wish I could tell you that the final episodes changed my mind about this in any way, but they didn’t.
The final three episodes start with a “A Sin To Err” which picks up following the mission to Russia, and finds Carter and Jarvis investigating the women that Stark has been intimate with, believing one of them to be a Leviathan operative – at which point two are revealed: Dr Ivchenko, who Carter rescued in Russia, and Dottie Underwood, Carter’s new neighbour.
Meanwhile, Sousa reveals to Dooley that Carter is a double-agent; the episode ends with the SSR capturing Carter, leading to the next episode, “Snafu”, in which Dooley and Thompson interrogate Carter to find out what she knows. Carter fronts up just in time for Ivchenko to hypnotise Dooley and force him to hand over some of Stark’s weapons – one of which is a gas cylinder which Ivchenko and Underwood release in a cinema, causing everyone therein to kill each other.
Ivchenko also rigs Dooley with an explosive vest. Dooley saves the SSR by jumping out a window just before it explodes, thus ending the performance of Shea Whigham who had, to this point, been the highlight of the cast.
The final episode, “Valediction”, reveals that Ivchenko is actually Johann Fennhoff – also known as Doctor Faustus, one of Captain America’s most powerful foes – and that they are planning to release the gas from the cinema over the entire city of New York, hypnotising Stark to force him to release the gas over Times Square. Sousa and Carter put an end to the plan, taking Faustus into custody and overcoming the hypnotism to stop Stark releasing the gas.
In a post-credits sequence, Faustus encounters Arnim Zola, with whom he’ll work at Hydra.
I mean, it isn’t a terrible ending. It neatly wraps up the entire series in a bow – even though Dottie Underwood escapes at the end of the finale – and ensures that the second season can start fresh (it does).
But it doesn’t overcome what I consider to be the fundamental problem with the show: why is Agent Carter even in this situation to begin with? Not to belabour a point, but her place in this world – in this series, and in Season 2 – doesn’t match up with what we know of her life before or after these events.
I was unable to look past this glaring problem. But if you can, this is a good watch.
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