Episode 3: “Time and Tide”
Peggy and Jarvis hunt down Starks stolen technology.
After such a fantastic start, Agent Carter is running out of steam quickly. Oh wait, no it isn’t, it’s just getting better.
Proving itself more than just a retro period piece, Agent Carter proved that it isn’t afraid to shy away from the darker and more mature material. For all the laughable caricatures of chauvinist men in Peggy’s office, it’s easy to dismiss them all as idiots. But when Peggy’s poor timing allows a suspect to walk free, the consequences are serious and harsh. Again, it goes beyond Peggy’s gender, what she did had serious repercussions. The show doesn’t skirt around mature matters even when it has the option too, either. HYDRA exists mostly to avoid the harsh realities of WWII and the Holocaust while preserving the concept of an ultimate evil. The bombshell of Jarvis’ wife being a Jew fleeing Nazi Germany demonstrates a great deal of nerve, as well as cementing Jarvis’ dedication to Stark. Last, but certainly not least, is the handling of death. The way the whole world comes to a grinding halt when someone you know dies tragically.
Fortunately, the show has great humor to offset the darker moments. Peggy and Jarvis have a wonderfully awkward chemistry with one another. Even on his own, Jarvis is fabulously entertaining. There’s something about watching a Brit affect an American accent that is unbelievably funny. Partly because it’s usually so good. And also because it’s usually so out there and go-for-broke.
This is one of those shows you want to re-watch the moment it’s over.
Episode Score: 9.1