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TV Review: Agent Carter - Season 1 Episode 3 "Time and Tide"

01.13.2015

Join us each week as we review the latest episode of AGENT CARTER. Warning: the following review contains major spoilers for the newest episode of the show.

Episode 3: "Time and Tide"

Synopsis: As Agent Carter closes in on Howard Stark’s stolen technology, Peggy’s secret mission could unravel when the SSR arrests Jarvis and a secret is revealed.

Recap: The results are in and most fans and critics have given the thumbs up to AGENT CARTER.  Whereas AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. is often criticized for being too cheesy and restricted by the budget of a network television series, AGENT CARTER revels in the retro stylings of a pulp adventure story.  With only eight episodes to play with, we are already into the third story of the season/series.  So far, the show has maintained a serialized nature, giving it more of a cohesive serial feel rather than a villain of the week like some other comic book inspired shows.

This week's episode picks up shortly after the ending of episode 2 with Leet Brannis (James Frain) dead.  Peggy is investigating the mysterious symbol Brannis left in the dirt while her SSR colleagues, led by Chief Dooley, learn about Brannis.  Turns out that Brannis was a Russian soldier whose entire squadron was killed in 1944, leading the agents to question how he could have still been alive.  The discovery of the bumper from one of Howard Stark's cars also leads the agents to bring Jarvis in for questioning, which he obliges so they don't discover Peggy in Stark's home.

At the station, as the agents try to rattle Jarvis into revealing his involvement in the events from the last episode, we learn that Jarvis was convicted of treason during the war.  Despite being dishonorably discharged, he did not face any prison time thanks to Howard Stark.  The agents threaten Jarvis and his wife with deportation, but on the brink of caving, Peggy pulls a fast one and slips the stolen car report back to Dooley, setting Jarvis free.  Of course, this means Peggy gets a dressing down from Dooley for her actions.  This seems to have an emotional toll on Peggy as she faces her male coworkers upon her exit.

Investigating the Stark safe and how Brannis stole all of the technology, Carter confronts Jarvis about his discharge, saying she needs to know so she can trust him.  Turns out that Jarvis is a heck of a guy.  During the war, Jarvis fell in love with his future wife, Anna, who lived in Budapest.  As a Jewish woman, she was not safe and Jarvis' commanding officer would not sign papers to allow her to leave with them.  Jarvis stole the documents and forged his commander's name, hence the treason/discharge.  Howard Stark used his influence to free Jarvis and Anna, hence their friendship.

Carter and Jarvis track the access of Stark's safe through the sewers to a boat marked with the symbol left to them by Brannis.  On the ship, they find crates filled with Stark's stolen items but the new quandary of how to reveal to the SSR the method in which they found the ship.  Peggy is convinced they will respect her for investigating on her own while Jarvis says they will suspect her of working with Stark.  Peggy concedes to let Jarvis call in the location of the boat in a call to Agent Souza at the SSR.

Carter gets a surprise attack from a henchman who says he was warned she would be coming.  The two square off and Carter holds her own pretty damn well.  The fight is another well choreographed one with Jarvis arriving in time to deflect the bad guy while Peggy uses a Stark device that causes uncontrollable muscle contractions.  The two quickly duck out just as the SSR arrives on the scene.  Souza questions how the anonymous call fell into their lap.  Dooley is suspicious too and warns the agents to drive carefully.  As he drives the injured henchman back, Agent Krzeminski learns an English woman was who took him down.  As Krzeminski thinks about Carter, he is rear-ended and then shot to death along with the henchman.

At SSR the next day, Peggy finds everyone crying and forlorn and she learns of Krzeminski's death.  Souza vows to find who called in the tip, convinced it was a setup to get to the SSR.  Dooley also recommits to the search for Howard Stark and blames him for his fallen agent.  Peggy takes the time to go see her friend, Angie, who has been trying to forge a bond.  Peggy, often standoffish at making friends, feels the need to share with Angie, fostering more between the two.

Marvel Cinematic Universe References: A couple of Captain America references, but not much else.

Review: After having a lot of fun with the first two episodes, I could not help but feel a little underwhelmed by this one.  Yeah, the banter between Jarvis and Peggy is as good as last week and we even get a more involved SSR focus this week, but the mystery to the episode felt a bit like filler.  With only 8 episodes to tell Peggy's tale, I was hoping for more tightly crafted stories and episodes each week.  This felt like a middle of the season episode for a full season network series.  Still, the sequences on the boat and the closing moments of this episode were solid as was the reveal about Jarvis' past, but the rest didn't quite gel as well as it did in the first two chapters.  Hopefully next week's return for Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark will put us back on track.

Episode Grade: 7/10 SSR Badges

Next on AGENT CARTER: "The Blitzkrieg Button" airs January 27th, 2015: Peggy may be in more trouble than usual when fugitive Howard Stark suddenly returns for mysterious reasons. And Chief Dooley chases a new clue all the way to Europe that threatens to destroy Peggy's future at the SSR.

Source: JoBlo.com

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1:38PM on 01/14/2015
End of the day I enjoy this show and I look forward to the next episode.
PS - i was one of the skeptics - BIG TIME. But i gave it a chance and i ended up really liking it.
End of the day I enjoy this show and I look forward to the next episode.
PS - i was one of the skeptics - BIG TIME. But i gave it a chance and i ended up really liking it.
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10:24AM on 01/14/2015
Completely disagree with this episode feeling underwhelming and like filler. This episode was great!

Really pushed characters and the story forward. Not only was a side character murdered by a new mysterious character, but they already found the rest of Stark's inventions. How in the world is that filler? Not to mention really pushed Carter's relationship with the SSR onward with her looking more and more like the black sheep, and her need to want to be respected by her peers. Thought that
Completely disagree with this episode feeling underwhelming and like filler. This episode was great!

Really pushed characters and the story forward. Not only was a side character murdered by a new mysterious character, but they already found the rest of Stark's inventions. How in the world is that filler? Not to mention really pushed Carter's relationship with the SSR onward with her looking more and more like the black sheep, and her need to want to be respected by her peers. Thought that was interesting. Have zero clue where the writer comes off thinking that was filler. I guess if the episode doesn't go "THIS SHOW IS A MARVEL SHOW. HERE IS TONY STARK'S DAD." then it must not matter much.
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10:18AM on 01/14/2015

does anyone else feels like

This (first) season is like a prequel to the One Shot ?
And that Souza is the man she will marry ?
I wonder if we will see how Howard Stark meet is future wife or the the future parents of Sharon Carter (aka Agent 13 in Cap Am Winter Soldier), Peggy's niece if I remember correctly...
This (first) season is like a prequel to the One Shot ?
And that Souza is the man she will marry ?
I wonder if we will see how Howard Stark meet is future wife or the the future parents of Sharon Carter (aka Agent 13 in Cap Am Winter Soldier), Peggy's niece if I remember correctly...
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1:25AM on 01/14/2015
Great episode again, loving the whole espionage Alias feel to this show. Also the fact that it is an extremely limited run means they don't really waste a lot of time here, which I disagree with the author of this, it didn't feel like filler. And while I disagree with Soloist that its miles better than AOS is currently, it is miles better than it was almost all of the first season. Marvel TV seems to have learned that lesson with both this show's pacing and AOS season 2. I also agree that they
Great episode again, loving the whole espionage Alias feel to this show. Also the fact that it is an extremely limited run means they don't really waste a lot of time here, which I disagree with the author of this, it didn't feel like filler. And while I disagree with Soloist that its miles better than AOS is currently, it is miles better than it was almost all of the first season. Marvel TV seems to have learned that lesson with both this show's pacing and AOS season 2. I also agree that they don't need try to turn her into a female version of Cap. You can have her in action sequences without trying to make her a navy seal level combatant.

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Anyone notice at the end when the executions happened, the one who did it was a woman? Look closely the killer walked away wearing heels. So my thoughts, Peggy's waitress housemate is a plant for leviathan. She seemed awful interested in her day and trying to get her to move in right next to her. Also the guy watching Carter and Jarvis while they entered the ship, looked an awful lot like Roger Dooley from behind didn't it?
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10:32AM on 01/14/2015
Solid takeaway, I noticed the assassin's body movements definitely looked to be that of a woman's as well. But she looked taller then Angie. I'm thinking it's Carter's other new neighbor that just moved in. Forgot her name, but she looked fairly tall. Plus they found a new tenant pretty damn quickly. There's a reason we got that scene in the hallway.
Solid takeaway, I noticed the assassin's body movements definitely looked to be that of a woman's as well. But she looked taller then Angie. I'm thinking it's Carter's other new neighbor that just moved in. Forgot her name, but she looked fairly tall. Plus they found a new tenant pretty damn quickly. There's a reason we got that scene in the hallway.
6:20PM on 01/14/2015
Yeah I think you're right there @phat I just watched it again, and she does seem taller than the waitress friend. You're also right why introduce some new neighbor unless its going to lead to something. Good thinking.
Yeah I think you're right there @phat I just watched it again, and she does seem taller than the waitress friend. You're also right why introduce some new neighbor unless its going to lead to something. Good thinking.
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12:00AM on 01/14/2015

He wasn't convicted of treason....

He was charged with treason, then it was quickly dropped. Also, I was fairly bored with the fight scene. Atwell is a wonderful actress (and gorgeous) but she fakes fighting terribly. The cuts were almost Bourne-like and I would have preferred her sticking to punching (which she fakes well) and hitting with whatever is lying around instead. Don't try to make her into an expert fighter because she can't pull that off. She's a tough chick with a mean right hook (and completely comfortable
He was charged with treason, then it was quickly dropped. Also, I was fairly bored with the fight scene. Atwell is a wonderful actress (and gorgeous) but she fakes fighting terribly. The cuts were almost Bourne-like and I would have preferred her sticking to punching (which she fakes well) and hitting with whatever is lying around instead. Don't try to make her into an expert fighter because she can't pull that off. She's a tough chick with a mean right hook (and completely comfortable hitting a bad guy with a pipe upside the head).
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11:23PM on 01/13/2015
Gotta admit, it makes me a lil sad to watch this show, see her kicking ass and then every so often that image of her in Winter Soldier crosses my mind.
Gotta admit, it makes me a lil sad to watch this show, see her kicking ass and then every so often that image of her in Winter Soldier crosses my mind.
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12:37AM on 01/14/2015
I know, right?! Knowing her future is what makes me sad too.
I know, right?! Knowing her future is what makes me sad too.
11:10PM on 01/13/2015
Another good episode. Really enjoying this series thus far and hope it's able to keep it up throughout the entire eight episode course. Very entertaining and miles better then Gotham and Agents of Shield.
Another good episode. Really enjoying this series thus far and hope it's able to keep it up throughout the entire eight episode course. Very entertaining and miles better then Gotham and Agents of Shield.
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