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Weekend Reviews

by Cap'n Carrot on January 25, 2016 · 0 comments

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Getting you caught up on all the weekend reviews over on RazorFine Review here are the links for the reviews for the season premieres of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Marvel’s Agent Carter, along with the latest episode of The Blacklist.

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Agent Carter‘s season finale showcases the strengths and weaknesses of the show’s First Season. Despite offering Peggy (Hayley Atwell) some actual field work and acknowledgement from her comrades in the SSR, the season ends with yet another reminder of the times and circumstances Peggy finds herself stuck in suggesting little will change should the show return for a Second Season. The final scene involving Peggy and Angie‘s (Lyndsy Fonseca) future living arrangements (the exact arrangements Peggy turned down in the Pilot) suggests we may see more of Fonseca should the show return but I’m not sure that’s enough to bring me back for another go around.

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With next week being the season finale and last week seeing Peggy (Hayley Atwell) discovered and arrested by her own colleagues “SNAFU” is the episode everything has been leading up to… with, as we come to expect, mixed results. Peggy’s guilt or innocence is eventually sussed out through a convoluted hour where Dr. Ivchenko (Ralph Brown) lays his hands on the Stark invention Leviathan is so enamored with and the SSR team suffers another loss. Once again Peggy’s colleagues blindly stub their toes for most of the episode believing her to be a traitor in league with Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) which actually seems far more plausible than her list of actions over the course of the previous six episodes.

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Three-fourths of the way through its up-and-down eight-episode run Agent Carter finally turns a corner by catching Peggy (Hayley Atwell) and the various agents of the SSR on events and plotlines the audience has been fully aware of for weeks. Last week’s episode returning the Howling Commandos from Captain America: The First Avenger shuck a bit of the rust off the show by giving Peggy an opportunity to prove herself in the field far from the oppressive confines of the SSR. It also introduced Dottie (Bridget Regan) as an agent of Leviathan which is further explored here.

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Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) returns from hiding to enlist Peggy Carter‘s (Hayley Atwell) help in stealing back one of his inventions recovered by the SSR which he informs Agent Carter has the ability to cause a city-wide blackout. Or at least that’s the excuse he gives to get his hands on the last remaining piece of the most profitable enterprise he ever had a hand in creating. Teased since the beginning of the series, Howard’s betrayal finally makes its appearance halfway through the eight episode series with a foreshadowed reveal that is the least shocking as possible to everyone except Peggy.

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With her colleagues turning their attention to Jarvis (James D’Arcy) after discovering one of Howard Stark‘s (Dominic Cooper) cars was at the Roxxon explosion Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) has to take one for the team, making the men in her office think even less of her, and then figure out just what happened to all of Stark’s stolen technology. By the end of “Time and Tide” most of the stolen tech will be recovered, Peggy will have a better understanding of Jarvis, and the SSR will redouble their efforts into finding and punishing Stark blaming the missing inventor for the death of one of their own.

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While attempting to ignore the “Captain America Adventure Hour” and find a new place to live, Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) continues to try and prove Howard Stark‘s (Dominic Cooper) innocence by tracking down a missing milk truck. Meanwhile Leviathan’s agents, on orders form their magic typewriter (don’t ask), also begin scouring the city for Leet Brannis (James Frain) and his supply of weapons like the one that destroyed the Roxxon facility. Finally discovering that they can trace the particles left over from the explosion, Carter’s male counterparts (Chad Michael Murray, Kyle Bornheimer) begin investigating the Roxxon explosion uncovering one of Brannis’ henchmen (James Urbaniak), with Carter’s help of course.

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Set in 1946 just after the end of the Second World War, Hayley Atwell reprises her role as Peggy Carter in Marvel’s latest television project. Still mourning the death of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Peggy is stuck pigeon-holed as the lone woman in an office of alpha-male spies on the lookout for Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) who has disappeared while testifying in front of Congress about the possibility of his company selling arms to enemies of the United States during wartime.

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