Marvel's Agent Carter (2015) season 2, episode 7
WRITER: BRANDON EASTON
DIRECTOR: METIN HUSEYIN
AIR DATE: February 16 2016
"Monsters" carries on the plotline for Agent Carter and the second season; with Whitney Frost (Wynn Everett) descending deeper into the darkness. She’s wiped out half the Council and her husband, taking control of it for herself, with Joseph Manfredi (Ken Marino) as her right hand man. Much of the episode concerns itself with hidden agendas, intrigue, and the stakes presented by Zero Matter.
On the one hand we’ve got Jason Wilkes (Reggie Austin), who finds a creative way to restore his physical form, at least in part. It’s a bit of a confined solution, though, since the containment chamber that’s made it possible also means he can’t be away from it for long. There’s enough quiet time in which he spends time chatting with Ana (Lotte Verbeek); the audience gets to know more about the two along the line.
Whitney’s madness deepens this time out - and it’s particularly frightening in the way she interrogates Dottie (Bridget Regan). We’ve already seen Whitney kill people with the powers that Zero Matter has given her, and frankly, Dottie’s too fun a villain to see meet a bad end (make of that what you will). Before the episode ends, Whitney will have crossed yet another point of no return where a major character is concerned, and madness or not, she’s gone way, way too far.
Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) finds himself in a difficult position. As Chief of the west coast branch of the SSR, he’s being threatened by Vernon Masters (Kurtwood Smith, chewing the scenery as usual). What is Masters’ true agenda? He seems to be playing all sides against each other, and he certainly doesn’t care who gets hurt - having his men administer a beating to a crippled federal agent reflects that.
Agent Carter (Peggy Atwell) and Jarvis (James D’Arcy) are caught up in the middle of it all - trying to stop Whitney, help restore Wilkes, and out manoeuvre the agenda of Masters. By episode’s end, critical thresholds have been crossed for both - while one character’s been kidnapped, another’s been grievously wounded, and both Carter and Jarvis are left wondering, as is the audience... just how much darker can things get?