The season premiere of Agent Carter wants us to ask ourselves if Howard Stark is a traitor. This is interesting, and a great setup for Captain America: Civil War, but what I'm really interested in is whether Stark is setting up Peggy on Agent Carter with the help of his butler, Jarvis. Why was she yelling at Howard Stark in the preview that he had both used and lied to her? What was going on with Jarvis' shady phone call at the end of the pilot, where he called Peggy perfect and unsuspecting? I am suspecting!
This would be a real shame, because the "Peggy & Jarvis Are So Very British" scenes are the best part of this series by far. I could listen to their dry bantering for days, and I hope we never meet Jarvis' wife. It's much funnier this way. This show has only been in my life for two hours, and I would already be heartbroken if something damaged Peggy and Jarvis' partnership. By the looks of the preview for next week's episode, "Time and Tide," she is on to both of them. Peggy doesn't often need help getting out of situations, but what has she gotten herself into?
My theory is that this has something to do with S.H.I.E.L.D. and Stark is somehow testing Peggy. Yeah, that's pretty lame of him. But S.H.I.E.L.D. is all about secrets. We know that from the movies and the television shows. Stark is keeping some essential aspect of the mission hidden from Peggy before she proves herself worthy of advancing to the next level. That's common protocol nowadays. These adventures are an interview process. The job is to become a founding Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and shape the future from the helm.
At least, that's what I hope is going on. Please don't turn Peggy Carter into a traitor, Mr. Stark! How could you do that to Captain America?
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