Tuesday’s win over the Pittsburgh Penguins meant that I had to miss one of my favorite television shows, Marvel’s Agent Carter. It’s a period piece set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Captain America’s former best gal Peggy Carter battles spies and misogyny alike in post-war New York City to save… well, everything, I suppose.
It’s a good show with snappy writing and surprising emotional depth, and on Tuesday they sawed the leg off a guy named Ovechkin.
Like I said: period piece. The show’s seventh and penultimate episode, “Snafu”, opens with a flashback to wartime Russia. A surgeon interrupts a doctor who was reading Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus (and all our comic-book-readers go ohhhhhhh). The surgeon needs the doctor’s help with a patient.
That patient is Private Ovechkin, a private in the Russian army, and he’s got a gross infected leg. And, oh yeah, the field hospital is all out of painkillers.
From Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s Captain America
The doctor, who I’m just gonna call Faustus, does some Jedi mind tricks (Disney corporate synergy!) and soothes Ovechkin from his pain.
The money quote: “Pay no attention to them, Private Ovechkin. Focus on the game.”
Ovechkin is at peace, Faustus has used his powers, and everyone lives happily ever–
At first I thought the name was a coincidence, but this tweet from episode writer and E.P. Chris Dingess convinced me otherwise.
— Chris Dingess (@RealDingess) February 18, 2015
Agent Carter’s final episode airs on Tuesday night. And then they’re totally gonna get a second season. There’s no Caps hockey on Tuesday, so we’re gonna watch it live.
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