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Episode: 104
Airdate: January 27, 2015
Directed by: Stephen Cragg
Showrunners: Tara Butters, Chris Dingess, Michele Fazekas
Written by: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby (based on the Marvel comics by), Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely (creator), Brant Englestein (episode written by)

Following a brief one-week hiatus, Marvel’s Agent Carter returns for the first episode in a final run of five straight weeks through to the end of this (hopefully first of many) mini-season. Having found Howard Stark [Dominic Cooper]’s stolen weapons in the last episode, Peggy Carter [Hayley Atwell] is surprised to find that the man himself has returned to New York, and worse, he wants her to get one of his weapons back. Meanwhile, Carter’s fellow agents are beginning to close in on information that may expose her, and one of Stark’s erstwhile shady business partners just might want her dead. And who – or what – is the new lady in 3E at The Griffith Hotel? Click through for my complete review.

Spoiler Alert: Unlike my previous reviews of Marvel’s Agent Carter, this review will not only discuss events, but will contain a brief synopsis of Episode 104, “The Blitzkrieg Button”, and is written with the assumption that you are up-to-date on the series so far.
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Director: Paul King
Writers: Paul King (written by), Paul King, Hamish McColl (screen story), Michael Bond (character “Paddington Bear”)
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Nicole Kidman, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Ben Whishaw (Paddington’s voice)
Release Date: November 23, 2014 (UK), January 16, 2015 (US)
Runtime: 1 hr. 35 mins.
MPAA Rating: PG

 

 

It’s always a risk when taking a beloved childhood story or character and trying to translate it to the big screen. It takes a deft hand, a sensitivity to the source material, and an understanding of the ongoing relationships that are developed between children and their favorites. In this case, it looks as though writer/director Paul King, along with co-writer Hamish McColl, have managed to maintain their childhood connection to Michael Bond’s little bear from darkest Peru, Paddington, giving children who are current fans, and parents with fond memories, something to enjoy together. Click through for my full review.
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Episode: 103
Airdate: January 13, 2015
Directed by: Scott Winant
Showrunners: Tara Butters, Chris Dingess, Michele Fazekas
Written by: Andi Bushell

After the explosive (implosive?) two-part debut last week of Marvel’s Agent Carter, will we get more of the same in Episode 3? Being that Carter has only been ordered for eight episodes, and with the two-part opener we’re already almost halfway through the story arc, maybe tonight is a time to slow things down just a bit, so we can get to know the main players a little better. While tonight’s episode is more exposition-heavy, it still has its fair share of explosive action, and goes so far as to kill off a regular character, showing that its gutsy and gritty approach to secret service spy drama as evidenced last week is not a one-off blip. Click through to read my full review.

Spoiler Alert: This review will briefly discuss events of Episode 103 of Marvel’s Agent Carter, “Time and Tide”, and is written with the assumption that you are up-to-date on the series so far.
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This week, Dan and I return from our winter hiatus to discuss the upcoming films of 2015 that we’re interested in seeing. These run the gamut from children’s films (Paddington and Minions), to spy films (Kingsmen: The Secret Service and SPECTRE), to big action blockbusters and sequels (Jurassic World and Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens). I’ll put the links to the podcast below, and if you want to take a look at the trailers for these films, as well as a complete list of all those we talk about, click through after the break where I’ve listed them based on release date.

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Episode: 101 & 102
Airdate: January 6, 2015
Directed by: Louis D’Esposito (Ep. 101) & Joe Russo (Ep. 102)
Showrunner: Tara Butters, Chris Dingess, Michele Fazekas
Written by: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely (Ep. 101); Eric Pearson (Ep. 102)

Agent Carter [Hayley Atwell], a relatively minor character in Marvel comics (where she was first and foremost a love-interest for Captain America), emerged from Captain America: The First Avenger as a strong female role-model working within a society of institutionalized misogyny (even more so than today), taking on a job typically reserved at that time for men, and kicking a fair bit of ass along the way. Carter is a natural for the small screen treatment, with her strong characterization, witty dialogue, and always popular period-drama opportunities. Marvel and ABC have committed to an 8-episode mini-season, with the first two airing tonight. So, how goes it so far?

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss events from Marvel’s Agent Carter S01E01 and 02, “Now is Not the End” and “Bridge and Tunnel” – read on at your peril!>>
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