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Throwback Thursday: Agent Carter Finale RECAP

No, say it ain’t so. I am very sad that Season 1 of Agent Carter is now over. If you’ve been following my recaps (premiere, episode 3, episodes 4 & 5, episodes 6 & 7), you’ll know that I definitely enjoyed the show. The finale was no exception.
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With Chief Dooley dead, it falls to Peggy, Thompson and Sousa to investigate the grisly deaths at the movie theatre. One look at a corpse is all it takes for Peggy to realize that the victims actually killed each other. Sousa gets doused by gas and attacks Thompson. They knock him out but not before he hits Peggy. There’s a great scene when he wakes up and is very broken up that he hurt Peggy. Have I mentioned previously that I ship them? I mean after Peggy and Steve, obviously.

Howard Stark turns up at the S.S.R. headquarters with Jarvis, looking exasperated. He tells them all about what happened at Finow and how the gas, “Midnight Oil”, was supposed to keep soldiers awake but instead turned them psycho. Feeling personally responsible for the deaths on the battlefield as well as those of Dooley and Krzeminski, not to mention the incident at the cinema, he volunteers to be bait for Leviathan. It’s revealed that the lone survivor of the Battle of Finow was Ivchenko aka Johann Fennhoff. Since I’m more of a DC fan, I definitely did not get that he was Doctor Faustus.

Side note on Leviathan: was the Doctor Leviathan? I thought Leviathan was an organization, and if so, then I guess it’s only made out of Dottie, Demidov and the Doctor? And what was their huge plan? Well, I’m getting to it.
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Thompson gives a very public press conference clearing Stark’s name. Can I just say how much I love Howard? Dominic Cooper is the best. Peggy’s on the lookout and as if on cue, shots are fired. They trace the source to a nearby hotel but find out that the gun was rigged to go off automatically and Howard is kidnapped by a cop hypnotized by Fennhoff. I feel like Jarvis could’ve done more to stop this from happening, but moving on.

And now, prepare for some feels. Fennhoff preys on Howard’s guilt over Captain America’s “death” and hypnotizes Howard to thinking that he is flying one of his planes to try and save Cap, but he’s really on his way to douse “Midnight Oil” all over Times Square. Meanwhile, Peggy is tasked to foil Fennhoff, because obviously she’s the most capable one. Jarvis is Plan B, he flies another plane to shoot Stark’s down if it comes to that. Peggy kicks Dottie’s ass by kicking her out of a window. We think she’s dead, but she escapes. Thompson and Sousa take on Fennhoff and win thanks to Sousa’s earplugs, preventing the Doctor from hypnotizing them. After a pretty emotional back and forth, Peggy manages to snap Howard out of the brainwashing.
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Then they seem to rush through the final scenes, Peggy gets a round of applause from her colleagues, not that she needed it. Thompson is still a jerk, he takes full credit for the arrest and the prevention of the disaster. Sousa asks Peggy out but she says maybe another time. Peggy and Angie get to live in one of Howard’s penthouses. My question is do they get Jarvis? Jarvis and Peggy reaffirm their bond and he gives her Steve’s blood. The final scene is Peggy on the Brooklyn Bridge, dumping the contents of the vial in the river. Oh man, that was hard to watch, especially when you think about the exchange Peggy and Steve have in The Winter Soldier. The shot looked beautiful though. I didn’t really care for the stinger with Zola.

Overall, the series as a whole was very enjoyable. Yes, there wasn’t much plot there. I mean, you can basically cut everything down to a two-hour movie. But that’s not the point. The point is to get to know the characters every week and I’m definitely going to miss them. I just want more Peggy. More Peggy and Angie. More Peggy and Jarvis. And what about the creation of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

When is Season 2?

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Throwback Thursday: Agent Carter Episodes 6 & 7 RECAP

I’m currently in a state of denial. There is no way that only one episode of Agent Carter remains. The show and its cast has grown on me and I genuinely think it’s better than a lot of the other shows currently on air. Please, ABC, please, Marvel, we want more Peggy! But enough wallowing, as Peggy would say. Let’s get on with it.

Episode 6 is entitled “A Sin to Err”. Dr. Ivchenko is brought back to the SSR, hoping he can reveal anything about Leviathan. Carter is kicked out by Dooley, who doesn’t believe that a female Russian sleeper agent killed Krzeminski and seduced Howard to get to his weapons. He tells Carter to look into it and she teams up with Jarvis (YAY) to do just that. They make their way around the city in a hilarious montage of women getting mad at Jarvis and slapping him for breaking up with them on behalf of Stark. They track down Dottie’s last known address but of course, she’s not there.
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Meanwhile, we see Dottie enter a building right across from the SSR headquarters. She walks into a dental office and is interviewed by the creepiest dentist who makes a pass at her. Wrong move, buddy. She kills him and gains the perfect vantage point to look into Chief Dooley’s office across the street. She takes a sniper gun out as if to assassinate the psychiatrist, but actually uses it to receive a message that he’s tapping out in Morse. Yup! He’s evil. Damn it. He’s also slowly getting into Dooley’s mind by talking to him about his marital problems. We later find out he has hypnotic powers as he tries to manipulate this random agent to take him to Stark’s weapons. Except only Dooley has the authority. The Doctor orders the agent to commit suicide.

Sousa confirms with a witness that Carter was the woman who beat him up and tells Dooley, who orders agents to bring her in. It reminded me of when Steve Rogers was declared a fugitive in Winter Soldier. Peggy is cornered by agents at the diner but obviously fights them off. To his credit, Jarvis helps. Chad Michael Murray, whose name I finally remember, it’s Jack, is waiting for her in the back alley and she takes him down too. Sousa pulls a gun on her but she calls his bluff and runs off to retrieve Steve’s blood.
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At her apartment, she has another great scene with Angie. Earlier in the episode, they have a moment in the diner where Peggy tells Angie not to give up on her dream of becoming an actress. While Peggy is hiding from the agents on the ledge just outside of Angie’s room, she puts on the performance of a lifetime, crying at will and convincing them to leave. I love their friendship so much. But it’s all for naught, since Dottie runs into Peggy as she’s making her escape and uses her own lipstick against her then feigns innocence. The agents bring a disoriented Peggy in and the episode ends as her interrogation is about to begin.

All in all, a great way to set up everything that happens in this week’s episode: “Snafu”. Very aptly named, because things…GO…DOWN. We have yet another disturbing flashback from the Doctor, this time as he hypnotizes a soldier not to feel pain during an amputation. We discover just how powerful his hypnotic powers are. Back in present day, Sousa, Thompson and Dooley take turns trying to break Carter, who obviously doesn’t. Hayley Atwell’s acting is just on point in this episode. I mean she’s always great but she shines even more in this one.
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Jarvis to the rescue. He comes in with a signed confession by Howard Stark in exchange for Peggy’s release. The chief wants Stark in person and keeps Jarvis and Peggy until he arrives. He tells Carter she’s fired. Peggy deduces from Jarvis that the confession is a fake and that Stark is not coming. Before they can think up a way to escape, Peggy sees the Doctor in Dooley’s office tapping out Morse code and translates the message that something will happen in 90 minutes. She decides to reveal everything to Dooley and the other agents to regain their trust, dropping some truth about how they all didn’t notice what she was doing because of her gender. Then she shows them Steve’s blood in yet another touching scene. The chief tells Thompson and Sousa to check the other building out with a couple of agents. The Doctor sees them crossing the street from the window (Seriously?! Get him away from there, already!) and cranks up his hypnotic hold on Dooley.
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While Dottie and Sousa fight, Dooley locks Carter and Jarvis in the interrogation room and gives Ivchenko Item 17 of Stark’s weapons. Then we flash to a scene with the chief coming home to his family and reuniting with his wife, but alas, it was just a fantasy. In reality, he’s actually still in his office, wearing an explosive vest. Why are all of Howard’s inventions the absolute worse?! The scientists don’t know what to do. Carter and Jarvis are at a loss. Finally, Dooley realizes what he has to do: sacrifice himself to save everyone. After asking Jack to tell his wife sorry he missed dinner and making Peggy promise to catch the people responsible, he jumps out the window just in time. This was actually such a tragic scene. The more we found out about Dooley, the more he grew on me. They’re really not afraid of killing off characters in this show. I guess it’s probably because of the limited episode count.

Meanwhile, we see that Item 17 is a gas that makes people go crazy and kill each other? What is this, Joker Gas? Maybe it’s because a villain that had a similar superpower was in The Flash just recently, but the reveal didn’t affect me all that much. What exactly does Leviathan want with it? I guess everything will be revealed in the series finale.

I simultaneously can’t wait but also don’t want it to end.

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“Shoot, Quick” Episode 8

The mid-season hiatus is finally over and we can look forward to our weekly dose of red and green. Here we recap The Flash’s “Revenge of the Rogues”, where Captain Cold and Heatwave team up, as well as Arrow’s “Left Behind”, where Team Arrow struggles to survive without Oliver. Take a listen HERE and let us know what you think by shooting us a quick e-mail (come on, I had to, it was right there!): shootquickpodcast@gmail.com.
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Happy Hump Day!

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“Shoot, Quick!” Episode 7

After a brief hiatus, we are back with a brand new episode of our podcast. What’s that you say? The Flash just aired yesterday and Arrow is back tonight, but we still got together to bring you a show where we talk about other TV shows we love and give our recommendations. Find out what you should be watching by listening right HERE.
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We’re back to our regularly scheduled program next week. Happy Hump Day!

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Agent Carter & The Fashion It Inspires

Last week I wrote my reviews for the 2-episode premiere and the 3rd episode of Agent Carter. Now I want to dedicate a post to Peggy’s amazing fashion sense. (Fair warning: As the show progresses, there may be more of these)

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1. While it’s not red, this hat should be a little easier to match.
2. This skirt is Peggy-approved.
3. Red, white and blue = throwback to Cap

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REVIEW: “Agent Carter” Episode 3

I was sick yesterday so this post is going to be short and sweet, much like the episode in question. I think the 2-hour premiere ruined it for me because I wanted more Peggy after it ended.
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After a somewhat harsh opening scene where a girl gets kicked out of the Griffith Ladies’ Hotel for having a guy in her room (that Houdini speech was dramatic), Peggy is all business. She enlists Jarvis’ help to figure out the mystery of the stolen Stark technology. But before he can help, he’s taken down for questioning by Chad Michael Murray (I’m going to learn his name soon, promise). Jarvis is almost worn down by the mention of treason charges against him but Peggy saves the day as per usual, not without consequence. She gets a very stern reprimand from her boss Agent Whats-his-face (I’m very bad with names).

But enough about her S.S.R. job, it’s time to be a double agent again. Like any good detective, she goes back to the scene of the crime and re-traces the thief’s steps. Obviously she figures it out in no time, after Jarvis reveals the real reason he was charged with treason: he forges his superior officer’s signature on papers that would help his wife, who is Jewish, flee Budapest.
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They find the weapons on a boat bearing the symbol Leet Brannis drew in the sand. If that does turn out to be Leviathan’s symbol, it’s not the most menacing one is it? A heart? Anyways, Jarvis calls it in after convincing Peggy it would not be a good idea to reveal her involvement with the case. After another great Peggy fight scene, they don’t have time to bring the hired muscle with them so the S.S.R. finds him when they get there. The suspect is about to reveal Peggy’s identity to her co-worker (the really annoying one) but of course, they both get shot by an unknown assassin.

After only three hours, this show is already racking up quite the body count, I must say. But with only six episodes left, they have to move at warp speed. Was it just me or did the assassin seem like a woman? My money’s on the new girl that just moved into the hotel at the beginning of the episode. Highlights for me were the fight scene, Peggy’s jumpsuit and her heart to heart with Angie at the end of the episode. I also felt a little bad for Souza who was told to he basically has no chance with Peggy since he’s no Captain America. I’m starting to ship them slightly.
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There’s still plenty of time to catch up on Agent Carter since there’s no new episode next week. Do it!

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REVIEW: “Agent Carter” Premiere

Yes I am aware that the third episode aired last night, however, last week I could not watch the 2-hour premiere of Agent Carter since I was staying at a hotel for my work conference. This Monday night, before the NCAA Championship, we finally had the chance to watch it in all its glory so here’s my late review. Two words: Hayley. Atwell.
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She is perfection. Before I get ahead of myself, Agent Carter is an eight-episode mini-series that is currently airing during the mid-season hiatus of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I have excitedly mentioned it a couple of times on this blog and it’s finally here!

Here’s what we know so far after essentially two episodes (not a lot which makes sense since it’s a spy show):

1. Peggy Carter is still recovering from the aftermath of World War II, mainly losing Steve and her sense of purpose in the world. She is now working for the “Phone Company”, which is code for Strategic Scientific Reserve.

2. Aside from war veteran Daniel Sousa, who has a crippled leg, the rest of Peggy’s co-workers, which include Chad Michael Murray, basically treat her as a glorified secretary.

3. Framed for selling his dangerous inventions to the highest bidder, Howard Stark comes to Peggy for her help to clear his name. He also brings together my new favorite team-up: Peggy and Jarvis. At first I thought Jarvis would be discount Alfred but he’s actually his own character. Alternating between concern for household chores and a slight penchant for danger, it’s a joy to watch him work with Carter.
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4. Peggy loves disguises. So far, she’s dressed up as a glamorous blonde to infiltrate a nightclub and intercept the molecular nitramine that can and does level an entire oil refinery (one of Stark’s dangerous inventions). And then as a health and safety inspector in order to track down the truck filled with more nitramine. May I just say how much I love her outfits? I want her office wardrobe to be my office wardrobe (future blog post idea!). NEED that hat.

5. Initially, there were two bad guys after the nitramine both without larynxes and supposedly working for “Leviathan”, an organization. We find out later on that one of them is Leet Brannis, who has now turned against “Leviathan”. Carter tries to bring him in but is stopped by the other man who is still loyal to the organization. After a pretty epic fight on top of a milk truck, Carter, Jarvis and Brannis leap off but Brannis doesn’t survive.
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My feelings about this show are pretty much the complete opposite of when I watched the pilot for S.H.I.E.L.D. This was right up my alley with a clear storyline, great cast, awesome action scenes and a terrific lead. Hayley Atwell kicks some major ass and looks damn good doing it. We see her defending her waitress friend from a rude customer, telling Sousa she doesn’t need defending against sexism in the workplace and mourns the loss of her roommate. In short, she’s an actual person. This Buzzfeed list does a great job explaining all the awesome moments from the premiere. I’m very excited to watch the next episode.

Since I’m behind on my Agent Carter reviews, I’ll have my thoughts on episode 3 tomorrow instead of an “It Happened This Week” post.

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