Avengers-Peggy in cafe

Some thoughts on Agent Carter 1x07

My thoughts on this episode are kind of mixed.

This is the first episode all season that I've been rather disappointed in. Not that there weren't fun parts, but I just kinda felt like the whole premise was squandered, somewhat. You've got a sleeper bad guy who can go anywhere in the building and make people do literally whatever he wants, and you end up doing that with it? It just felt like a whole lot of buildup/suspense for a rather anticlimactic ultimate villain plan. (Though I do kinda wonder if Dooley was supposed to kill Peggy and Jarvis, and ended up trapping them instead. He did seem to be fighting it the whole time ...)

This is also the first episode that's given me some logistical problems, such as: movies don't play themselves (especially in the 1940s, which I'm pretty sure was still the era where movie projectors had to be monitored closely so the celluloid film didn't burst into flames), so where was the projectionist while everyone in the theatre was tearing each other apart? How could you not notice that? Unless the gas got up there too, I guess.

And furthermore, Howard created a substance that makes people rip each other apart?! That's ... a bit on the supervillain end of things ... I mean, generally I've been assuming Tony's take on Howard is slightly biased in the negative direction -- he's a shit dad, and more interested in inventing things/making money than worrying about the uses his inventions could be put to, but he's more negligent than actually evil. This, though ... this is rather beyond the pale.

Also, I am going to assume until proven otherwise that SSR HQ has some kind of secret underground entrance through which they take detainees, and Jarvis only knew about the phone-bank entrance because of Peggy. Because otherwise I fail to see how SECRET your SECRET headquarters can remain if you interrogate all your suspects there and take them in the front.

All that said, though, it was a fun episode with a lot of entertaining parts, the cast is really coming together well, and Dooley got to go out a hero, at least. I wish it wasn't almost over.


This entry is also posted at http://sholio.dreamwidth.org/998846.html with comment count unavailable comments.
I'm with you on the mixed thoughts. I loved each individual interaction Peggy had with the other guys, but the overarching plot that ended up with the explosion was kind of meh for me. I have to write up my own thoughts in more detail, but in general yeah, what you said.
Yeah, that's exactly how I felt! Lots of the individual scenes and interactions were great, but the whole thing kind of fizzled overall -- at least for me. It just felt like it didn't hold together all that well.

Still, I can't believe there's only one more episode. I so hope we get more!
It wasn't the best episode, though it did have some good moments. And it was good taht Dooley gets to be a hero, though I'd have preferred it if he'd survived.

I think concerning the gas, Howard was probably aiming for something else, but it turned into that instead. I get the impression most of these 'bad boys' are experiments that didn't go the way they should. Though why he doesn't destroy them, I really don't know (hubris?). He does seem to be a bit cavalier about his inventions that turn into something really bad.
Yeah, I didn't want anyone to die, and his death was rather horrible in a way, but at least he got to do the hero thing at the end there. (Which is more than the people in the theatre got, I guess ...)

I think you're probably right that Howard didn't intend for the gas to do that (others pointed out the same in the DW comments). It still seems like a particularly horrible misfire, though.
Like others in the comments here and on DW, I assumed the gas didn't do what it was supposed to do, and the homicidal rage was an unintentional side-effect. Actually I was wondering if it was another variant on the supersoldier program that went wrong - considering one of the other avenues of that research led to the Hulk.

As for why Howard kept it - there's actually a pretty good reason, especially if, as that other commenter theorized, the American military deployed the gas on that battlefield. To make an antidote for a poison, you generally need a sample of the poison. He may have been trying to develop a counteragent, to ensure the gas couldn't be used?
As for why Howard kept it - there's actually a pretty good reason, especially if, as that other commenter theorized, the American military deployed the gas on that battlefield. To make an antidote for a poison, you generally need a sample of the poison. He may have been trying to develop a counteragent, to ensure the gas couldn't be used?

I like that idea–and I too assumed it wasn't originally meant to be used as the Russians used it.
As for why Howard kept it - there's actually a pretty good reason, especially if, as that other commenter theorized, the American military deployed the gas on that battlefield. To make an antidote for a poison, you generally need a sample of the poison. He may have been trying to develop a counteragent, to ensure the gas couldn't be used?

.... oh wow, that is a REALLY good point! I accept your headcanon and make it my own. :) (After all, we do the same thing IRL, with smallpox and things like that.)
I had much less trouble with it than you did—partly because I'm dead certain that a) Jarvis was taken in some secret entrance but knew where the SSR was because he has been working with Peggy, and he didn't know how to get in the secret entrance and b) Dooley was supposed to kill Peggy and Jarvis, but he fought it just enough to get them out of the way but alive.

I had forgotten that you'd need a projectionist all the time! I'd go with the gas getting up there, too: it may rise.

I was sorry Dooley died. I felt bad for Peggy and for the guys interrogating her, especially Sousa, because he really felt betrayed, and he had good reason to feel that way—but she had good reason to have acted as she did! I was glad they had joined forces before the end.

Jarvis panicking was pretty funny to me (though also painful), and I loved them breaking through the mirror.

I hope they renew the show! It's my favorite!
Yeah, I was sad about Dooley too! I'm really surprised at how much I've come to love the whole cast; I will be SO sad if they don't renew the show, and a big part of that is wanting to see how the character relationships go ahead and develop from here.

The mirror bit was great!

This is my favorite thing on TV right now. I'm looking forward to the finale and also sad there won't be new episodes! I may have to vid this, or perhaps write fic. :D