Agent Carter
She had gotten really good at the pensive, sexy pose. © ABC

After last week’s blisteringly entertaining premiere, it was inevitable that this week’s Agent Carter episode would be a little less fast-paced.

It also doesn’t help knowing that Peggy (Hayley Atwell) gets called on to help Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) with setting up the SSR at the end of this mini-season, which means that from here on out, all the episodes are basically just filler. It kind of sucks to already know how this will all end up, but here goes.

Time and Tide opens with Peggy looking up a book about symbols, trying to find a connection to the symbol that Leet Brannis (James Frain) drew in the sand before he died. Ah, the days before the Internet.

Agents Thomson (Chad Michael Murray) and Krzeminski (Kyle Bornheimer) continue their investigation of our friend, the man in the green suit, after picking up his hotel room key. They find a whole bunch of passports made out to different aliases, as well as the cool typewriter contraption that the man used to communicate with the mysterious Leviathan.

How are they suddenly so competent after we saw them being bumbling fools in the last episode?

But before any of them can go into full-on douchebag mode, Agent Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) pops in with the news that the car licence plate they extricated from the giant ball of metal parts (that used to be the Roxxon factory) is registered to Howard Stark. Uh oh.

Then they take our favourite dashing butler Jarvis (James D’Arcy) in for questioning.

“Rumour tells me that a certain gentleman named Alfred is a better butler than you, Jarvis.” © ABC

But thanks to her shenanigans, Jarvis is released, which leads to Chief Dooley (Shea Whigham) giving Peggy a piece of his mind. This bit was hard for me to watch, and was one of the many instances in this episode where the attempt to portray the sexism of the 1940s became incredibly heavy handed.

Peggy and Jarvis then track down a ship emblazoned with Brannis’s mysterious heart symbol, all the while watched by another mysterious figure from the sidelines. Once on the ship, they find crates full of glowing stuff. Clearly, they’ve found Stark’s missing inventions.

After sending Jarvis across the street to leave the SSR an anonymous tip (Jarvis’s American accent is the most hilarious thing in this episode by far), Peggy fights off yet another mysterious assailant, escaping just in time as the SSR arrive to arrest said assailant and collect the crates.

“That’ll teach you to call me a damsel in distress.” © ABC

I’m getting a little tired of all these mysterious men appearing and screwing everything up. It’d be nice to have more answers instead of more questions.

That said, there were some tantalising clues dropped. First of all, does Leviathan have any links to the Red Skull or Hydra? It’s weird to have Leviathan be the “big bad” this season instead of Hydra, though I suppose it was necessary because in 1946, Hydra was still thought to have been defeated.

What’s that thing they like to say? Oh yes, “Cut off one head, two more shall take its place”.

Agent Carter, Jarvis
“Leave Pennyworth out of this, or else.” © ABC

The real revelation of importance in this episode concerns Jarvis’s past. This backstory tells us a lot about his personal value system and why he’s so loyal to Howard. I really like that he was originally an army man, which explains why he barely bats an eye when helping Peggy on her missions.

Though, this just feels like the latest iteration of the butler template that comic book TV shows are using nowadays. Alfred Pennyworth in Gotham, anyone?

Just one more thing: the conversation between Krzeminski and Sousa, where the former tells the latter that he doesn’t have a chance with Peggy because “No girl’s gonna trade in a red, white and blue shield for an aluminum crutch”?

Make it more obvious, why don’t you. I mean, that was a good line, but it was basically the equivalent of dropping a flashing arrow pointing at Sousa with the words “HE ENDS UP WITH HER” spelled out in neon.

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