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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 10:00

Ah, the sad life of the Hollywood scientist.

They tend to fall into two camps…

The first is the Evil scientist, hyper-efficient, thoroughly immoral, clutching for power and mastery over the elements, man, and God. He will eventually fall victim to a horrendously gruesome death at the hands of his own creations.

Then there is the Good scientist. The flawed genius, performing calculus before they were potty trained, the ugly social outcast, sporadically inspirational, unflappably moral, and prone to using the phrase…

‘There are just some things that man is not meant to meddle with’

The Good scientist will either triumph over Evil but lose his entire life's work, or make the noble sacrifice to make up for angering the fates.

For either case, the reality of the common man is a mystery, a thing to despise with contempt or marvel at these quirky non-brainy types. 

Hollywood does not like sciency people, they are to be feared or...

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 10:00

Hey ! 

I think that Marvel must have read my reviews of the last season!

We start by addressing one of my comments about the last episode of season one, namely the short fight between Peggy and Dottie. This is rectified almost straight away with a satisfyingly brutal set to in a bank vault which, to coin a phrase, is right on the money! 

Before Peggy gets a chance to conduct a proper interrogation, Chief Thompson packs her off to Los Angeles to investigate a different case. Thompson hasn’t mellowed much, and this posting appears to be to sideline our heroine and embarrass both her and newly appointed 'Chief' Dan Sousa. There appears to have been some attempt at a liaison or two Peggy and Dan in between the seasons that hasn't really gone anywhere, so relations are a little awkward.

Thomson also wants to take control of the Dottie case, he can sense a commendation coming his way for a successful capture and wants all the glory. Oh, and because...

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Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 14:35

Endgame.

End of plot, end of season, end of Peggy?

We'll come back to that point in a little while.

This episode begins with the gruesome discovery of the effect of one of Stark's inventions, and what it does to one of the SSR boys. 

Now that it has been tested with sufficiently eye-gouging results, Ivchenko - sorry, Fennhoff and Dottie put their plan into action. Several people die as a result. Seems to be a theme this. 

And after all of the chasing and hiding...

Stark just walks into the SSR building. After complaining about the lousy security contractor that the government uses, he gives the gen on what is actually going on. 

Stark is central to the whole episode. We learn what happened at the battle of Finnow and how he connects to it. Starks' actions put him central to the Leviathan plot. Dominic Cooper plays him brilliantly, with swagger and arrogance, but with a streak of contrition about what his inventions do...

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Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 14:03

Let's play find the lady. 

In fact let's play two versions.

One is straightforward. 

Find Dottie Underwood before she does something horrible. 

The other is more complex. 

The SSR boys play find out what their lady Agent has been doing. This involves interrogation by Dooley, Thompson and Sousa. All three take different approaches, but not the ones you might expect. Souza is bad cop, Thompson the mediator, and Dooley is downright complimentary.

As usual Peggy tears a strip off them. This time during her answers while they are interrogating her!

She wants them to look for Dottie, who is now on the run. 

Dr Ivchenko's real identity is also revealed. It seems a bit odd this, as he is a minor villain in the Marvel universe, and even then he doesn't go by his real name so we have a double cover name. But one thing he doesn't hide is his communication to Dottie. The little morse tapper gets spotted, but it...

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Monday, April 20, 2015 - 21:18

Almost immediately this week you can see where the consequences of the characters actions are leading.

After being rescued from the Leviathan camp last week, Dr Ivchenko is happy to give information to the SSR team and a relentless Agent Carter.  He happily imparts what he can, but also starts to lead a merry dance with everyone's heads, especially volunteering info about how well female spies and double agents can go unnoticed in a man's world.

After getting annoyed with Peggy's badgering,Chief Dooley caves in and gives Peggy some real field work to do tracking down a female assassin. We all know who that is by now don't we? Well we do but Peggy and Jarvis don't.

How to find a woman who may have been close enough to Stark to get her hands on his vault?

How about his "little black book "?.

Well Stark doesn't do anything by halves and his little black book is a list of women he has gifted jewellery to, to "celebrate" their time together. The...

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Monday, April 20, 2015 - 21:02

If I ever want a career change I need to steer clear of intelligence work. 

It's not the secrecy or the dangerous missions, it's the training that worries me. Too much kill or be killed for my liking. I mean how do secret sinister organizations end up with so many members, the attrition rates are horrendous?

Just look at James Bond for example - at the beginning of "From Russia With Love" Red Grant garrotts one of his colleagues in a training exercise. What are we talking about here? How many recruits are cannon fodder for the successful Agents, and a more pertinent question. If the bad guys training is SO extreme and requires such high levels of skill, why are they always so bad at killing off the heroes? Presumably after all those fights on the way to their Bachelors in Henchmanship (BHench), they're so broken that they can't see to shoot straight. 

In the world of Marvel, we have a training camp behind the Iron Curtain where young Soviet girls are...

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Monday, April 20, 2015 - 20:49

Ah, those pesky men.

A quick list of some of the finest specimens...

Agent Thompson - self important,egotistical,smug, sexist, bigoted asshole.

Howard Stark - skirt-chasing, two-faced, arms dealing liar.

Edwin Jarvis - stuffy, useless in a fight and far too loyal to his master.

Agent Souza - Dogged, intelligent, sympathetic but looked down on because of his war injury.

Chief Dooley - Stark-hating, devious, suspicious but finally showing some competence. 

Mr Mink - sadistic, smuggling, extortionist murderer.

The prodigal billionaire returns as a smuggled package. Peggy and Jarvis deal with the smugglers trying to up their handling fee, but with nowhere of Stark's left unwatched by the SSR, there's only one place he can stay.

Howard Stark...in a hotel filled with young women...with his reputation? What were they thinking?

Suffice to say Peggy is disgusted with his fox in the henhouse impression and tells him...

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 21:10

It's still a man's world for Agent Carter.

And the men are getting the ladies into a spot of bother.

Firstly at the Griffith Hotel where a daring lothario gets a resident expelled, and then in the office when Peggy has to think on her feet and come up with a plan protect Jarvis from cracking under interrogation by Agent Thompson and Chief Dooley.

At the Griffith, this means Dottie, a new neighbour for Peggy.

At the SSR the consequences are potentially career ruining.

We also learn Jarvis' secret and why he owes a debt to his employer.

Following up with Jarvis at Stark's vault gives a trail to a boat containing some of the missing inventions. And what a trail it is, so mind-bogglingly complex that it involves going downstream in the sewers rather than up, straight to the docks and a boat that hasn't been moved since it was loaded with contraband. It is even commented upon that it's strange it hasn't been moved.

The boat is,...

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Monday, February 2, 2015 - 21:00

After an Explosive (and Implosive) start to the series, we now need to get down to business. The business of clearing Howard Stark's name. 

Being such a popular, millionaire philanthropist playboy, you'd think that it would be quite tricky to find anyone willing to stick the boot in. Surprisingly you would be wrong. 

It's a given that the boys at SSR are none too fond, as Stark is their target, but unfortunately after one of the silent/scarred guys destroyed a factory in the last episode, the boss of Roxxon oil, Hugh Jones, makes an appearance.

Now I'm not one to jump to conclusions but...

CEO of company...

...an Oil company...

...and played by the one and only RAY WISE !!!!

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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 20:21

Marvel.

Question?

Are you being ironic? 

The Mighty World Of Marvel (Screen Dept) has been coming in for critcism lately for its lack of diversity. Too many white men, not enough women. It's hard to refute this really. Of the big screen films we have less than a handful of female hero types (even counting the non-Marvel Studio Marvel films it's still a real imbalance). 

So an extra woman in the franchise will take off the pressure right ? 

Well not if that character spends a lot of time not fighting the forces of Evil, but fighting bigotry and sexism. Or as its also known ... The forces of Evil...

This show brings it to the fore, so you could well be hoist with your own petard.

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