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Monday, 3 August 2015

Agent Carter: The Blitzkrieg Button


Howard Stark gets himself smuggled back into New York, with the aid of Otto Mink (Gregory Sporleder) and his band of ruffians. But when Peggy and Jarvis go to collect Howard, Mink's men try to shakedown Jarvis for more cash... and naturally things don't go their way.

However, this means Mink is now keen to track down Stark, through Peggy, and get the cash he believes he is owed.

Meanwhile, Stark wants Peggy to 'steal back' one of his 'bad babies' that are now in the hands of the SSR (since last week's episode): the titular Blitzkrieg Button - which, he tells her, can knock out an entire city's power grid with the flick of a single switch.

Peggy becomes suspicious of Howard's true motivations, especially when she realises Jarvis is lying to her about the device. However, even she is caught off guard by the revelation of the object's true purpose.

Meanwhile, Peggy's boss, Dooley has headed off to Nuremberg, to interview Nazi Colonel Mueller (Jack Conley).

Having discovered that both the mute hitmen were Russian soldiers reported dead several years earlier at the Battle Of Finow, Dooley - having been stonewalled by military intelligence - wants to talk to someone who was actually at the battle.

Only Mueller tells him there was no battle and the Russians were all dead, brutally mauled, by the time the Germans arrived on the scene.

While Dooley's away, cocky Jack Thompson (Chad Michael Murray) is left in charge of the SSR.

When Sousa brings in a bum from the docks (Tim De Zarn) for questioning, Thompson at first mocks him for not finding Howard Stark, but eventually comes round to the idea that Sousa's witness might know something pertinent to their investigations.

Thompson gets a couple of key scenes in this episode, the first when he's talking with Sousa about "not everyone returned from the war looking for a hug" and then when he's telling Peggy the "truth" (as he saw it) about a woman's place in the SSR.

Every episode of Agent Carter is superbly paced, but The Blitzkrieg Button felt like it was rocket propelled.

Not only did we get a major shift in the dynamic between Howard Carter and Peggy, but also a major breakthrough in the mystery surrounding the mute hitmen, the Battle of Finow, possibly Leviathan and a conspiracy involving Howard Stark.

I'm wondering - purely based on the fact that this was supposed to be aired in the mid-season break of the second season of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. - if the the Russian soldiers had run afoul of some Inhumans?

Bridget Regan's Dottie played a small, but crucial, role in the episode, suggesting that she's some kind of 1940's precursor of The Black Widow, with her ballet background and wicked martial arts moves.

I'm guessing she's not a goodie, and can't wait to see and Peggy throw down at some point. It's clearly not a co-incidence that she's moved into The Griffith boarding house where Peggy is staying.

Of course, The Blitzkrieg Button was also the episode of Agent Carter when Stan Lee made his mandatory cameo - strengthening the fan suggestion that he's the Marvel Cinematic Universe's equivalent of The Watcher!

3 comments:

  1. This episode bored me to near to tears. I think I dozed off at one point. Next week's is a doozy; no chance of a nap.

    And some character development.

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    1. Wow, I'm surprised. I thought it was an excellent episode. But really excited about next week's ep and the return of The Howling Commandos

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    2. I do not think it will disappoint.

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