It’s rare to find a show that not only combines science fiction with farcical comedy and intense action but does it all superbly. Agent Carter is one of those shows. However, it continues to get extra points for throwing in Hollywood glamour, fabulous costumes, amazing music and spy stuff. It’s literally one of a kind.
This week, the spy stuff gets turned up to eleven in ‘The Atomic Job‘ as Peggy (Hayley Atwell), Mr Jarvis (James D’Arcy) and Chief Sousa (Gjokaj) attempt to sneak into a high security Roxxon facility to steal an atomic bomb from the Council before Whitney Frost (Wynn Everett) and her increasingly downtrodden husband Calvin Chadwick (Currie Graham) can get their hands on it.
In need of more help, Peggy enlists everyone’s favourite SSR receptionist Rose (Leslie Boone) and Dr Samberly (Matt Braunger) from the SSR laboratory to join the team. What follows is the most entertaining, most intense Agent Carter mission to date. As you would imagine, various aspects of the heist quickly go awry and the results range from hilarity to genuine, butt-clenching peril. You’ll laugh. You’ll gasp. You’ll make several other noises. It’s quite the roller coaster episode.
Something Agent Carter does brilliantly is making sure each character is an actual character, rather than just someone to move the plot along. Even the supporting ones have personalities and lives outside of the mission. We’re thinking mainly of Rose here. Up until now, we haven’t really seen Rose do anything, besides manning a desk and complimenting various accessories. Now, she’s scheming, she’s flirting, she’s engaging in hand-to-hand combat… If we’ve learnt anything from ‘The Atomic Job’ it’s that Rose has secretly been one of the show’s best characters this whole time. This entire episode was practically a 40-minute pitch for a Rose-centric spinoff show. Or better yet, a third season where Rose and Peggy are roommates who slay the patriarchy on weekdays and host dinner parties and play badminton doubles on the weekends.
Here at SciFiNow, we’ve been eagerly awaiting Ken Marino’s appearance since his casting was first announced (if you don’t love Ken Marino then you’re wrong), and ‘The Atomic Job’ gave us a first look at his recurring mob boss Joseph Manfredi. We only got one scene with him this week, but that alone was enough to get us excited for the next one. He’s charming, he’s sinister, and he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty. He’s everything you could want from a 1940s mob boss. Plus, we get finally to hear what Ken Marino’s comedy gangster accent sounds like.
Though ‘The Atomic Job’ was pretty much close to perfect in terms of the sheer amount of exciting stuff that happened, we do have one quibble and it’s the same as always: can we please stop with the Peggy-and-Sousa-want-to-bone storyline? Sexual tension isn’t always necessary. It brings the tone of the show right down. It basically erases the whole point of Season 1. Please, just stop. Violet (Sarah Bolger) is lovely. She doesn’t deserve this.