We had a number of cliffhangers last week after one hour of Agent Carter, but this week, after two, it seems everything has gone to hell in a handbasket, and this time the woman bleeding from her gut got shot and we can’t know she won’t die(and between the promo and the indication that most of episode 9’s going to occur in Peggy’s head, I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t find out next week either). Which may be why personally, I’m feeling most anxious on that point, since we basically know how the rest of it’s going to turn out-except it’s what we know about that which gives this whole story its bittersweet flavor.
We are both blessed and cursed with the knowledge of what will come, especially once it becomes clear that this particular evil organization has taken over the SSR. It’s starting to look like the SSR may even be fully disbanded and replaced by S.H.I.E.L.D., rather than just transitioning into it, and we get the satisfaction of knowing if Jack Thompson doesn’t come to his senses quick he’ll pay for it, and Daniel Sousa may currently be suffering from his refusal to sell out, but he’ll likely be rewarded with a place in S.H.I.E.L.D. Except, of course, that we also know that S.H.I.E.L.D. is then going to come to the exact same fate as the SSR. This is a story of history repeating itself where the repeat was told first, so as to color the prequel.
We also know Whitney Frost has to go down at this point, and I don’t see how she can survive the season. The only real question is how much of that will feel like tragedy and how much like just a villain going down. We certainly can’t blame her for being angry, and even at the late hour that is the council meeting, we still saw a bit of eagerness from her, a bit of naivety left to be destroyed when she found out why her husband had really brought her there. But then she goes into full-blown super-villain mode, and shows herself to be no better a person than the rich old white men she’s railed against. Even when she preaches to fellow minority Jason Wilkes just before kidnapping him, you have to ask if she really cares about what she’s talking about, or if she’s just trying to sway him to do what she wants. Perhaps you believe she genuinely didn’t want to hurt the Jewish woman who tried to stop her…but she still did, and it’s going to be hard to forgive Whitney if that woman dies.
But it’s the other two women, really, whose fate remains in doubt, and when now we’ve got sympathy for both of them. You wish they’d made more use of Ana after introducing her, but she’s had a little bit of a character arc, mostly about being a long-suffering SO but there was some playing with mechanics as well. And as endearing as her relationship to her husband was in the premiere, the way they handle themselves when things aren’t perfect between them is even more heartwarming(I’m especially impressed with how both James D’Arcy and Lotte Verbeek managed to perfectly portray that marriage with even the way they look at each other). And you can’t help but view Dottie differently, now that we’ve seen her afraid of something, and we’ve also seen her as a just a woman trying to survive on her won, with no one in the world to help her. Who knows where she’s headed now, but I don’t think anyone will mind if she comes out of this all right.