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TV REVIEWS: FTN Reviews Agent Carter Season 02 Episode 04: Smoke And Mirrors

February 3rd, 2016 by Todd Black Comments

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Well, things aren’t slowing down for Agent Carter, and that’s a good thing! As secrets get unveiled, and scary truths with them, the SSR team are now up to their elbows in a conspiracy that may see them all undone!

One of the biggest surprises of “Smoke and Mirrors” was the focus on the lives of Peggy Carter and Whitney Frost before they were the women we know them as today. Peggy was raised to be a lady by her mother, all the while being encouraged by her brother to be a fighter, and seek adventure. Meanwhile, Whitney had a very scarring childhood, one with a mother who never appreciated her talents, and more-or-less forced her to give in to the standards of the world in trying to be beautiful.

It was a very telling story on both sides, especially as we got the bombshell reveal that Peggy was engaged long before she joined WWII. You knew it would end badly, but how it resulted was actually quite true to the Peggy we know, instead of some terrible cliche breakup. As for Whitney, you realized by the end that she knew the simple fact sometimes to win the game, you have to play by their rules.

Which of course brings us to the amazing antics of Peggy and Jarvis, and then Sousa! Man, Peggy and Jarvis are amazing as a team. And how about them voices by Jarvis as he scared the hitman out of his home? Awesome. The interrogation of Hunt was great, as it furthered the plot considerably, as well as revealed the fact that the War Department was in deep with the Council via Thompson’s mentor. His calm yet cold demeanor as he talked with Peggy was well done. As was Peggy realizing quickly what was going on. It’s no doubt stuff like this that’ll lead to the creation of SHIELD, as they don’t answer to anyone but the World Council. Hopefully, this’ll expedite the creation of such.


By the end of the episode, they know some big is going on with Whitney Frost, if only they knew just how much. Hearing them react to what she did to Hunt and wondering WHAT she did to Hunt was very entertaining. And with Wilkes condition apparently worsening, possibly because Whitney is getting stronger, points to a big confrontation coming very soon.

“Smoke And Mirrors” once again advanced things in a big way. With Frost the clear threat to the SSR and friends, and the threat of the Council still looming, it’ll be fun to watch it all go down.

4.5 out of 5 nerds

4.5 out of 5 nerds

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Todd Black is reader of comics, a watch of TV (a LOT of TV), and a writer of many different mediums. He's written teleplays, fan-fictions, and currently writes a comic book called Guardians ( He dreams of working at Nintendo, writing a SHAZAM! TV series, and working on Guardians for a very long time!

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