Marvel's Agent Carter (2015) season 2, episodes 1
"The Lady in the Lake"
WRITER: BRANT EAGLESTEIN
DIRECTOR: LAWRENCE TRILLING
AIR DATE: January 19 2016
Agent Carter returns for a second season, carrying on the adventures of Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) as she serves as an agent of the SSR in the years after the Second World War. It takes the action away from the New York City of the first season and brings things into Los Angeles for a new season of action, big bads, and dark conspiracy.
Episode one, titled "The Lady in the Lake", starts off with a bang in New York a few months after the events of Season One, tying up a loose string from last season with the apprehension of antagonist spy Dottie Underwood (Bridget Regan), who’s still defiant even in custody. Peggy is working for Jack Thompson (Chad Michael Murray), who’s been promoted to the New York’s office’s leadership.
Out west, Daniel Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) has been promoted to chief of the SSR’s Los Angeles office, and a case crosses his path - a woman’s body has been found in a frozen lake, during a heat wave. Sousa asks Thompson to send out some experienced assistance - and of course it turns out to be Peggy. As the case gets stranger, the road leads to an energy company and a scientist, Jason Wilkes (Reggie Austin).
Wilkes, Jarvis, and Carter
The tone of the episode is quite different from Season One, and a lot of that has to do with trading locations to Los Angeles. The place feels more open (though the smog of current day LA is strangely lacking) than New York, things feel seemingly lively in tone - even the soundtrack seems to have a spring in its step. The city feels very much tied to the entertainment industry as opposed to the business world of New York City - though as we’re soon to see, big business is out here, both in good ways and bad ways. The bad way is reflected in Isodyne Energy and the hints of corruption about it and its owner; the good is in Howard Stark’s interests, as he’s moved out west and started up some operations in LA. This is particularly convenient as it allows Jarvis (James D’Arcy) to work with Peggy again, and the new season also brings in his wife Ana (Lotte Verbeek), who’s a lot of fun when we meet her.
There was a small detail early on that leads to a big player that I liked. A movie marquee bears the name Whitney Frost as a star. For readers of the comics, Whitney Frost is a big player, a former lover and enemy of Tony Stark in her role as Madame Masque. As it’s unlikely Whitney was ever going to turn up on the big screen, having her several decades in the past is an interesting twist - and she turns up here as played by Wynn Everett. The character presents herself one way, as the wife of an up and coming politician (who happens to own Isodyne and be a cheating lout), but there’s more to her, as we’re soon to see.