Hey, did you like all that fightin’ and shootin’ and car chases and explosions and spy intrigue in last week’s premiere of Marvel’s new ‘Agent Carter’ series? Well, I hope those episodes were enough to give you your fill of that sort of thing, because apparently that was the last of it.
Based on the comments to my last recap, I gather that some (perhaps most?) of our readers enjoyed the premiere of ‘Agent Carter’ more than I did. So let me ask you: Are you still feeling that way after this week’s super-boring and generally pointless episode?
I mean, I personally felt that the pacing was off in the premiere and that both episodes plodded along from plot-point to plot-point, but at least something happened. The episodes had plot worth talking about. The third episode, ‘Time and Tide’, though… Whoa, what a stinker. If you liked this one, you’re really going to have to explain to me what I’m missing.
Honestly, writing a recap for this episode is difficult. How much is there to recap?
Uhh, let me see… One of the girls in Peggy’s new women-only apartment building gets evicted for having a gentleman caller after visiting hours. She’s later replaced by a yokel from Iowa who wants to be a ballet dancer. Yes, this actually takes up a not inconsiderable amount of screen-time in the episode!
A couple of other SSR agents interrogate Jarvis about the fender to Howard Stark’s car found in the wreckage of the oil refinery that was destroyed. They threaten him with deportation. Peggy contrives to accidentally legitimize his alibi to get him off the hook, and gets chewed out by her boss for it.
Later, Peggy and Jarvis investigate the break-in at Stark’s vault. Clues lead them to a tugboat loaded with crates containing all (or at least some) of Stark’s stolen tech, including a wacky device called the “Constrictor” that can cause a person’s muscles to contract involuntarily. Gee, I wonder if that will come in handy soon?
Because Peggy wouldn’t be able to explain how she found the boat without admitting that she’s working with Stark, Jarvis goes to a payphone to anonymously tip off the SSR. While he’s doing that, in the episode’s sole bit of action, a burly thug attacks Carter. How will she ever get out of this predicament? Yup, you guessed it. Out comes that Constrictor doohickey so subtly foreshadowed just a minute earlier.
As the SSR agents haul away Stark’s crates, obnoxious agent Krzeminski has to drive the thug to SSR headquarters for interrogation. He gets bumped by another car at a railroad crossing and, dolt that he is, doesn’t find anything suspicious about that at all. A mysterious figure whacks both the thug and Krzeminski. Even though Carter didn’t like the guy, she feels very sad about his death.
That’s it. That’s the entirety of the episode, as far as I can recall. None of this plotting seems terribly essential. The bits in between are filled with yap-yap-yapping, none of it interesting in the slightest, and all stretched out with extremely tedious pacing. You could easily skip this episode and get the gist of what happened from the inevitable 30-second recap clip at the start of the next one.
I still like the premise and I still like Hayley Atwell in the role, but geez, the show sure isn’t giving her anything to work with.
On top of that, ABC isn’t even running a new episode next week. After just two weeks of a short eight-episode season, the show is already taking a break. Yeah, I know that the State of the Union address is happening that night, but after leaving off like this, ‘Agent Carter’ is going to have a hard time convincing anyone to come back.
That’s just my opinion, of course. Feel free to disagree.