Knock back a beverage of your choice every time...
Peggy has to hide her comings and goings from her strict boarding house landlady. Agent Sousa is called Susan by one of his colleagues. Jarvis’s (unseen) wife gets a mention. Dr Ivchenko/ Fennhoff starts fingering his ring. (It’s hypnosis, okay?) One of Howard Stark’s inventions does something it shouldn’t. Someone shows a photo of Steve Rogers or there’s a clip from Captain America: The First Avenger. the hint of a superpower. Atwell is utterly plausible as a character whose wartime exploits alongside Cap have been forgotten in a sexist post-war SSR that believes female agents are just there to do the filing. Facing that, it’s no wonder she goes extra-curricular to help clear the on-the-run Stark Sr, in the process forming a great double act with his butler-with-a-past Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy).
The season loses its way with a slightly too neat resolution and by overplaying Peggy’s woman-in-aman’s-world situation – the sexism of her secret agent colleagues is sometimes too cartoonish and broad to be believable, diminishing the impact of the drama. But now that Peggy has found some closure with Cap, has finally earned the respect of her co-workers, and is moving to LA, season two looks set to be a corker.
Extras Just a sub-three-minute blooper reel. Richard Edwards
Ralph Brown’s Dr Johann Fennhoff is Dr Faustus in the comics. He can be seen reading Doctor Faustus in one episode.
Protecting the globe: literally.