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Friday, 29 January 2016

Agent Carter: The Lady In The Lake


The second season of Marvel's Agent Carter burst onto our screens with the same furious fighting spirit as the first, immediately laying down the formula that the showrunners of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. really should be investigating.

While Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is emulating so many modern comics and "writing for the trades", Agent Carter is more reminiscent of halcyon comic book days with its lean, mean scriptwriting that has no room for unnecessary fluff or padding.

Opening with a wonderful pre-credits bank robbery by Dottie Underwood (Bridget Regan), that Carter and the boys of the SSR manage to thwart rather spectacularly, Peggy is uncerimoniously packed off to Los Angeles to assist the new West Coast bureau chief, her old friend Daniel Sousa (Enver Gjokaj).

He's been called in to help the local police when it appears that an elusive killer has returned after two years, leaving the corpse of his female victim in a local lake - as is his signature M.O. However, this time, the lake has frozen - despite being in the middle of a heat wave.

Jarvis is there as well, to greet Peggy, as Howard Stark is in town setting up his own film studio.

Peggy's investigations lead to a secretive technology company Isodyne Energy, its shady boss Calvin Chadwick (Currie Graham) and his film-star wife Whitney Frost (Wynn Everett).

Whitney Frost is, of course, known to comic readers as Madame Masque!

The Lady In The Lake delivers freaky freezing, sinister scientists, a complex conspiracy, and a strange gravity-defining substance that is very similar to a couple of things we've seen over in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

At the same time we have political machinations back on the East Coast as the FBI move in on the Dottie Underwood case and we're introduced to Vernon Masters, a political grandee with an 'interest' in the career of Jack Thompson (Chad Michael Murray).

The Lady In The Lake was a brilliant start to the new season, establishing a fascinating mystery with a solid ensemble cast, mixing new faces with old, all attired in stylish 1940's fashion.

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