'Marvel's Agent Carter' S1E5: The Iron Ceiling

★ ★ ★ ★ ½

This was Marvel’s Agent Carter’s best episode so far. Agent Carter continues to impress with intriguing backstories, fun guest stars, and good writing.

We all knew that Dottie Underwood was going to be a spy, that nice, fresh-off-the-bus-from-Iowa act didn’t fool anybody, we just didn’t realize how much of a badass Dottie was going to be. Sure, we had a good idea of just how much when she jumped a wall and killed the guy with the automatic pistol. Trained by the Red Room Academy in Russia (a nod to the program which would later train The Avengers’ Black Widow) Dottie’s backstory is terrifyingly fascinating. That moment when she mercilessly snapped the neck of a girl whom she had bonded with that same morning was shocking. Dottie’s espionage skills rivaling Peggy’s will be a fun game of cat-and-mouse to keep in track of.

Also, you’ve got to love how the one time any Marvel movie or series has included their Disney ties so far has been having highly trained killers watch and quote Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

Peggy’s workplace experiences and quips are a lot of fun to watch. They demonstrate her uncanny ability to not only be well equipped but to give really great one-liners. The Russia mission was a great way to reintroduce viewers to the Howling Commandos we met in Captain America: The First Avenger, even though Dum Dum Dugan was the only one in that movie, it was also good to see Peggy warm up to a group she felt trusted her and her judgement.

This episode did a great job of switching up Peggy’s relationships with Thompson, Dooley, and Sousa. Thompson’s war hero background falling apart at the seams was a great perspective on his character and a key aspect of this episode. After freezing up when cornered by the enemy, Thompson tells Peggy that he earned his hero status by killing Japanese soldiers carrying a white flag. Dooley’s discovery of Peggy’s double-agent status was a great parallel to the trust she was earning by leading the Russia mission.

However, it’s too bad that the female assassin Peggy encounters didn’t have the lasting impact she should have — especially since she took down both an SSR and Howling Commando. You would have expected the girl to have sprung up again, but she ended up solely being used as a plot device… that also wasn’t a plot device?


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Feb 5, 2015 3:06PM EST

Your episode reviews are fantastic!

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