brilliant physicist

anonymous asked:

Hi, what exactly is Stargate (like, what is the plot, how many seasons, that kind of thing)? I've seen it mentioned in combination with Leverage in some of your posts, and I've sort of picked up some of the character names from being on the internet, but I'm still not sure what it actually is. Thanks!!

What a delightful question that I’m going to have a ridiculous amount of fun answering, probably using too many gifs.

First, the bare bones facts: Stargate is a franchise that began with the 1994 movie Stargate, which was then developed into the TV show Stargate: SG-1 which began in 1997 and picked up about a year after the movie ended. SG-1 had 10 seasons and 2 made-for-TV movies. There are also 2 spinoffs, Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate: Universe. Atlantis has 5 seasons, and its first season coincides with season 8 of SG-1, with both beginning in 2004, with some fun but not strictly essential crossover between the two. Universe has 2 seasons and began in 2009, after both SG-1 and Atlantis had ended. I mostly blog about SG-1, but I enjoy all three shows and will at least briefly explain Atlantis and Universe in the course of this post, FOR FUNSIES.

The basic premise of the whole thing is that there are these devices (built by aliens, OF COURSE) called Stargates, which create wormholes that allow for basically instantaneous travel between planets all throughout the Milky Way (and other galaxies as well, it turns out, but that’s later).

The movie involves the US Air Force, with the help of the BEST FICTIONAL ARCHAEOLOGIST IN EXISTENCE FIGHT ME, figuring out how to work the Stargate, using it to travel to another planet, and helping the locals overthrow the evil parasitic alien who was posing as the Egyptian god Ra in order to enslave them.

SG-1 starts with Earth humans learning that “Ra” actually belonged to an entire race of evil parasitic aliens who used the personas of various gods to enslave humans throughout the galaxy. At which point, NATURALLY, the plucky Earth humans say “fuck that shit” and also “ooh, a whole galaxy to explore, HOLD MY BEER” and start having adventures and liberating the galaxy.

Atlantis is about Earth humans finally discovering the lost city of Atlantis over in another galaxy, and the adventures and struggles they have setting up a colony there. Also, space vampires.

Universe is about a bunch of Earth humans accidentally stranding themselves aboard an alien-built spaceship that is going they don’t know where in order to find the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. It’s much darker and more sort of psychological than the other two shows. Also more diverse. I like it a lot, but for different reasons than I like SG-1 and Atlantis.

SG-1 owns my heart, because it’s the show that helped me fall in love with sci-fi. Also, it has Dr. Daniel Jackson. It wrestles with what it means to be human and ethics and all kinds of really good shit. It’s not perfect, and the early seasons especially have some pretty major issues with sexism and white savior complexes in certain episodes, but overall I personally find it more than worth it, and the main reason is the characters, who you now get to hear me yell about my love for.

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One of the world’s most respected and innovative scientists, Nima Arkani. He has served on the faculty at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, was formerly a professor at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley. Arkani also has been a recipient of the Fundamental Physics Prize along with a number of other notable honors. He is a brilliant theoretical physicist, definitely a favorite! Check him out.

A separate post from Toei’s blog. I didn’t translate all of it since it covers much of the same information that was translated by Tokusatsu Network, but I thought it was interesting. 

Mūnsaruto* of steel, Rabbit Tank! An unlikely combination from a new hero who confronts evil - his name is Kamen Rider Build!

(*I don’t know what the hell ムーンサルト is. The best I can figure is the wrestling move Moonsault. I guess we’ll see?)

Best match! Experimenting with rabbits and tanks? An unlikely combo from a new hero!

Each year, our national hero Kamen Rider has a huge impact with its debut. Right now, the critically acclaimed Kamen Rider Ex-Aid continues to air, with the new series debuting on September 3rd - it is called Kamen Rider Build.

The default form is Rabbit Tank Form, bringing together the jumping of a rabbit with the power of a tank. Bunnies and tanks, at first glance, are contrary to each other - but when their abilities combine, limitless power is born. That is what’s known as a best match!

At the moment of opening a mystery box found on Mars - Pandora’s Box - the story begins from a huge wall suddenly appearing. This “Sky Wall” divided Japan into three capital cities. Unidentified creatures called Smash have emerged in one of the cities - a young man stands before the Smash, a belt wrapped around his waist, and strange bottles in hand. “Transform!” The young brilliant physicist called out, transforming into Kamen Rider Build to take on the Smash!

An H.R. Study: What Do You Do With a Non-Logical Character in an Otherwise Logical World?

Who’s your favorite Flash character? Mine is Harrison Wells and yes, I mean every Harrison Wells. From Star Trek’s evil Mirror Universe counterparts to the Fringe division learning to embrace their alternate selves, the doppelgänger has long been a beloved trope in Science Fiction, capable of drawing out both conflict and nuance of character — and Tom Cavanagh’s work is no exception. It means that I was (and remain) thrilled to get another iteration of Harrison Well on the show: the quirky and enigmatic H.R.  

Now this meta could have easily been a ranty defense of H.R., considering that the other members of Team Flash mostly seem to hate him and, from what I’ve seen, the fandom does too. Which honestly surprises me. I personally find him to be lovable, entertaining, and a breath of fresh air within the story…but hell, no one needs to like the characters I like. This isn’t a ‘my fave is the best!!’ pissing contest.

No, I’m more interested in the question that H.R. represents: What the hell do you do with a non-logical character in a predominantly logical environment?

As a sort of disclaimer, I’m using ‘logical’ here as a nebulous catch-all for the hard sciences/pseudo-science/things that do not fall into the realm of the Humanities. AKA, most of the stuff you find in superhero stories. Because that’s what The Flash gives us: a world where science rules, unquestioningly. It is the source of the protagonists’ power, the means to the antagonists’ defeat, and even when something ethereal like magic is introduced (“Legends of Today”) it’s quickly shuffled out of the narrative because it’s too much of a threat. This results in a set of characters with a (heh) logical, but rather limited skill-set:

  • Harrison/Harry/Eobard Thawne - All genius scientists with backgrounds in, frankly, whatever the story needs. 
  • Cisco - Mechanical engineer who, as Harry says, “can do anything.” 
  • Caitlin - Bio-engineer capable of solving any medical emergency under the sun. 
  • Barry - Our protagonist, who could have easily been a part of this group purely because of his powers. However, he’s also a forensic scientist and easily keeps up with all the technical aspects of their work. 
  • Wally - A student, but one with incredible mechanical and technical talent. 
  • Jesse - Also a student, though said to have a “genius IQ” and clearly takes after her father in terms of worshiping science. 
  • Julian - Another astoundingly talented forensic scientist. 
  • Hartley - Physicist who was once the “favorite” of Dr. Wells’. 
  • Martin Stein/Ronnie/Jefferson Jackson - Brilliant physicist, structural engineer, and mechanic, respectively.

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anonymous asked:

One of the biggest unanswered questions in the series is that we get no explanation as to why Sherlock and Mycroft are so bitter towards each other. They did hint at something that 'upset mummy' but it was just left hanging and replaced with Euros.

Yeah, it’s so bizarre Nonny! Like they established Mummy as this brilliant mathematician / physicist who would turn monstrous if she found out Mary shot Sherlock, only to find out she had no idea her eldest son was stowing away their sister to never be seen again? Like I always assumed Mummy was upset about Sherlock taking drugs, but aside from that… it’s never really made very clear at all. Ugh, just… TFP really messed up the narrative arc, in my opinion; it ignored literally everything built up in 12 episodes.

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Hufflepuff Secondaries invest themselves into their world with service and support. When things turn out well for a Puff it often comes as a result of those old investments culminating and giving back. Old debts might raise their head in a time of need. Communities the Puff has supported or built might marshal to their aid without even being asked. Their reputation might precede them, allowing them trust or the allowances that they need.

Often overlooked, Hufflepuff Secondaries are handed secrets, access, or tasks of monumental importance because they have developed a reputation that they can be trusted with them. This reputation has been earned through a slow and steady process of hard work and actually being that reliable that the Puff will have built up over years. 

This is what makes a Hufflepuff: they show up. They do the work, often for no obvious gain except for the satisfaction of a job well done. This is the source of their power, and it is slowly gathered, not obvious to look at, and rarely spent. Where Gryffindors charge and Slytherins transform, the Hufflepuff seems inconsequential and harmless until the moment when they rise up and call on all their debts, secrets, and trust.

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I think that Sherlock/Sheldon and John/Leonard are a lot alike somehow. I mean, Sherlock and Sheldon are clearly both geniuses but yet so different… For example, Sherlock can read your whole lifestory just by observing your clothes, but Sheldon can’t even tell if you’re happy, sad, or angry. And Sheldon, who’s a brilliant physicist, knows everything about the functioning of the universe, but Sherlock doesn’t even know that the Earth goes around the Sun… Anyway, I would give anything to see a crossover between TBBT and Sherlock!!    

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okay marvelverse shakespeare headcanons, GO. :D

As a general warning, I can’t come up with good super names so I didn’t bother:

  • Cesario/Viola is an agender shapeshifter a la Mystique or Morph, and was sent by The Duke to spy on US President Olivia. Unfortunately, they ended up falling for their target instead and is torn between their loyalty towards The Duke and their newly-found love.
  • Hamlet is the I’m-rich-so-I-became-a-superhero-to-avenge-my-dad’s-death type. After an encounter with a ghost one night, he found that he not only had great agility and cleverness in battles and arguments, but also had minor telepathic abilities and could tell what people’s greatest desires and fears were
    He wears a inky badass cloak and has a bad habit of talking so long, his villians escape. Luckily, his two teammates Ophelia (power of the Earth and Nature) and Horatio (brilliant physicist who invents their weapons/acts as team base/is the general mother hen who makes sure Hamlet actually eats every once in a while) are always there to back him up. They have their own floor at Stark Tower and are frequently seen teaming up with the Avengers.
    Sometimes, The Fencer (Laertes) joins them, but he usually prefers to hang with other classic-weapon supers (Hawkeye and him like to get really drunk on cheap wine and talk about the universe and dogs)
  • Othello and his sidekick Desdemona are not only somewhat sickeningly in love with each other, but also a force to be reckoned with. Othello is a brilliant strategist and leader, with the (mutant-born) powers of flying and fighting, while Desdemona can also take to the skies with a pair of great angel’s wings she designed and created herself after studying the mutant Warren Worthington. Their greatest foe is the Great Manipulator Iago, who can make people see things that are not there and influence thoughts through a scientific process he developed himself. He has dedicated his life to obsessing over Othello, who he hates not only for his mutant status, but also because the military gave him a large grant once and left Iago in the dust.
  • Juliet did not choose to join the Brotherhood, she was raised into it. Mystique found the girl as a child, abandoned and crying in a dumpster. She looked normal at first appearance, but when Mystique picked her up, her eyes glowed a brilliant orange and the dumpster caught on fire. Rarely had a mutation been seen in somebody this young, so Mystique took her back to the Brotherhood base and she was raised by mutants and taught by mutants, becoming especially close to a short-tempered ex-Xmen named Tybalt, who could bend water to his will.
    “The Sun” was kept protected, despite the group she was in, and was only allowed to have her first fight at 13. It was then that she met Romeo. Romeo was an idealistic kid from a rich D.C. suburb, son to a strongly anti-mutant Congressman. When he found at age 10 that he could climb walls and hang from the ceiling, he decided it was time to skip town and headed for that Xavier school he had heard his father complain about so much. He made fast friends with Benvolio, a mutant who could change other people’s moods, and Mercutio, who was not a mutant but rather pro-mutant President Olivia’s son and hung out with the X-men all the time.
    When Romeo met The Sun, they were terrified and both too young to be fighting. Wary, they retreated into hiding together nearby and spent the fight talking with eachother, both quickly realizing they were falling in love. But how do two teenagers from groups that frequently tried to murder one another find time for a romance?
There is, in truth, a terror in the world and the Arts have heard as they always do. Under the hum of the miraculous machines, and the ceaseless publications of the brilliant physicists, a silence waits and listens and is heard. It is the silence of apprehension. We do not trust our time, and the reason we do not trust our time is because it is we who have made the time, and we do not trust ourselves. We have played the heroes part, mastered the monsters, accomplished the labors, and have become gods, and we do not trust ourselves as gods because deep inside we know what we really are. In the old days when the gods were someone else the knowledge of what we were did not frighten us. There were Furies to pursue the Hitlers and Athenas to restore the Truth. But now that we are gods ourselves, we bare the knowledge for ourselves. Like that old Greek hero who learned when all the labors had been accomplished, that it was he himself who had killed his sons.

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Read A Profoundly Beautiful Letter Einstein Wrote To His Daughter About The Universal Force of Love

Brilliant physicist Albert Einstein wrote a tender and intellectual letter to his daughter describing the universal power of love. Believe it or not, the prolific scientist fiercely believed that love was the answer for the survival of the human species. Read the letter he penned to his beloved daughter below.

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Reasons Joss Whedon is a Good Feminist

I was disappointed by how quickly Black Widow’s infamous “monster” line in Age of Ultron became ammunition against Joss Whedon. I had a different reaction, I felt as though Joss was using the Hollywood blockbuster, a platform that is classically rather sexist and misogynistic, to make a point about a woman’s right to choose. Black Widow’s pathos didn’t rest within the fact that she was not able to conceive but that she wasn’t given a choice in the matter, that she wasn’t allowed to be both a mother and an operative. Instead, misunderstanding led to outrage which led to condemnation, not only of the movie and the line but of Joss as a feminist.

I personally think Joss is a great feminist, nobody bats a thousand but I think Joss has an exceptionally good record of staying true to his feminist beliefs within his work. It is a darn shame that this has been swept over by the instinctual outrage of people who were gunning for him for any reason they could muster- like that Wanda was going to be a River Tam clone which turned out to be a categorically incorrect and premature assumption. 

So, without further adieu, here’s EverVexingHexes’ reasons why he deserves better than to be picked apart….

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“Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.”

Albert Einstein

by  Saṃsāran

Albert Einstein the brilliant German-Jewish physicist was pantheist, one might even say a “lapsed atheist”. He was an atheist as a young man and only came to pantheism in old age. He saw what other great thinkers such as Giordano Bruno, Baruch Spinoza, Richard Feynman and Carl Sagan saw. That is that even though there may not be a deity pulling the strings that there was “something there”. Some kind of organizing force behind life.

We can call this Brahman, the Oversoul, the Paramatman or just the One

“The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity.”

—– Albert Einstein


Wolfgang Pauli was among the most brilliant physicists of the 20th century. He was also cursed.

Sometimes when he walked into a room, something bad happened. Things broke. Equipment failed. Colleagues jokingly called it “The Pauli Effect.” Though it could be easily explained away as coincidence and circumstance, some within the scientific community—including Pauli—believed it was real.

The tale inspired French photographer David Fathi’s series Wolfgang, which features black and white photos of what appears to be scientific research gone awry. The photos weave a fantastic narrative hovering somewhere between fact and fiction.

Check out more photos and read about Fathi’s project.

Film Review: The Theory of Everything

Dir. James Marsh
Score: 6.8

Once, during a long, multi-day car journey with my mother many years ago, we popped in a recorded copy of Dr. Stephen Hawking’s wildly popular bestseller A Brief History of Time, in which the brilliant physicist attempts to explain both modern physics and his working theories behind some of the most beguiling and perplexing issues scientists like him wrestle with their entire careers. As I recall, the opening chapter is hopeful, he manages to take deeply complex theories and simplify them enough for absolute lay people to be able to grasp: Essentially, he explains, he’s searching for proof, one way or the other, as to God’s existence. Simple, beautiful, but when chapter two rolled around with him beginning to work his way through Relativity, both my mom and I got hopelessly muddled and we popped the tape out and looked at each other reproachfully.

Fortunately, James Marsh’s touching-but-not-sentimental film about Hawking’s early beginnings as a scientist at Cambridge in 1963, his romance with Jane Wilde, which lead to the pair getting married, and his subsequent suffering with ALS, which ultimately left him almost completely paralyzed and unable to speak except through a computer voice simulator, only uses physics, and Hawking’s own radical ideas of such, as starting points in the film. In the process, thanks in great deal by superb performances by the leads Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, he humanizes the great thinker without lionizing him. Instead of some sappy ode to the human spirit, we get a far more forthright and sensible trip into the remarkable ways we adapt to horrific circumstances and stay focused on our jobs.

The film begins with Hawking cavorting around with his fellow young PhD. candidates, drinking indiscriminately, sleeping in late and missing lectures, and listening to Wagner at full blast when he chooses to actually bear down and do some work. After he meets Jane at a Cambridge party, the two enjoy a whirlwind sort of romance together (their first kiss, on a bridge on campus, comes, appropriately enough, under a blanket of stars, a piquant symbol, if not a bit pat). Then he is diagnosed, goes through a rough spell of self-pity, and eventually learns to lean and rely upon the surprisingly strong shoulders of his wife, who bears the brunt of his care, while also taking care of their young children, and still working towards her own doctorate in Romance Languages (yes, but really).

Meanwhile, Dr. Hawking’s theories about black holes, space time, and the universe’s singularity begin to rock the scientific world, earning him more and more acclaim. His disease continues to progress, eventually robbing him entirely of speech, but through a clever technological innovation, he is able to write his book without the assistance of his nurse, the fetching Beryl (Emily Watson), of whom he eventually develops stronger feelings.

Jane, meanwhile, finds herself in love with Jonathan Hellyer Jones (Charlie Cox), the musical conductor at her local church, a widower, who takes to her family – including Stephen – with great care and resolve. What we’re left with then, is less a love story in the classic big romance kind of Hollywood standard, with storybook plot contrivances and an ending dripping in light syrup, but a real love story: Two people who care deeply for one another, even as they eventually pull away into different orbits.

The film relies very heavily on its actors to make the whole enterprise work properly, and both are terrific. But Redmayne, who somehow contorts his body into pretzel-like configurations in order to portray Stephen’s deteriorating condition, is able to capture the soul of his character, even as his physicality and speech are taken away from his toolbox. His is a performance of extreme precision, so effective, in a later scene, during a sort of fantasy sequence where Dr. Hawking imagines being able to stand up normally and bend down to pick up an audience member’s pen, goes through such an astonishing change of body movement, it’s as if you can see each individual muscle slowly relax into normalcy.

Physicists and those of a scientific bent might well be disappointed by the lack of much of Dr. Hawking’s hard science theorems and equations – so much is glossed over and watered down for us, it might as well be dubbed Hawking-lite – but in their estimable place, there is the story of this man, the love he shares with his family, and his determination to fulfill the fantastic destiny of his intelligence. Whether that comes from a higher power (or “A single unifying equation that explains everything in the universe” as he puts it at one point), or is just the law of averages, still is yet to be determined, but he has vowed to keep working on that problem.


How to prove the Theory of Relativity,

When Isaac Newton proposed the laws of gravity it was one it was one of the most important moments in the history of science.  Newton’s laws, while mostly correct, had some gaps and errors that scientists spent centuries to correct. For example, while Newton proposed the laws of gravity, he only had a vague idea of what gravity was, or where it came from.

In 1905 a brilliant young physicist who worked as a patent clerk proposed the Theory of Relativity.  Einsteins theory unified mass and energy, space and time, and proposed that motion was relative to an observer even though the laws of physics never change. Perhaps the most important part of Einsteins theory was the proposal of the space time continuum.  Before Einstein scientists theorized that light moved through a medium called “ether”.  Einstein rejected the ether theory, and proposed that the universe was an interwoven continuum of space and time.  Furthermore gravity is a distortion created as a result of mass reacting with space-time.  The illustration below demonstrates this theory.

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Einstein’s theory was a very grand idea, however in the realm of science any theory must have empirical evidence to support it before it can be accepted as fact.  As part of his theory, Einstein proposed that a massive object should have enough mass to bend light itself.  From there many scientists worked out a proof for Relativity.  In our solar system there is one object that has enough mass to bend light, that’s right the sun.  The idea was that if Einstein’s theory on space time was correct, then the sun should bend the light of the stars behind it.  If there was an absence of the sun’s light, say during a solar eclipse, then the stars behind the sun should be visible.

By 1910 several expedition were mounted to observe the sun under solar eclipse to prove Einstein’s theory.  Often, many of these expeditions were at the most remote and rugged areas of the world.  Highly sensitive telescopes and cameras had to be used, and the margin for error was minimal.  All expeditions failed, either due to rough conditions, faulty equipment, and even political turmoil.  One expedition of German scientists had prepared for a solar eclipse to occur in the Crimea in 1914.  They had all their equipment set up and the sun was about to eclipse when a suddenly a platoon of Russian soldiers surrounded and arrested them.  Little did they know, Germany had declared war on Russia mere moments before, signalling the beginning of World War I.

In 1922 an expedition was sent a remote part of Northern Australia called Wollal in order to catch an expected solar eclipse.  Led by the astronomer Arthur Eddington, the expedition’s purpose was to prove Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.  The expedition was no simple task.  The men had to wade three miles through shallow water with all of their equipment to arrive at a deserted beach, then hike several more miles to their observation point.  Where others had failed, Eddington had the latest in technology.  When the eclipse came, the team took several snapshots of the sun.  After development, to Eddington’s delight, several stars were noticeable in the photograph around the sun aurora.  Einstein’s theory had been proven correct.

Over the coming decades the experiment was repeated several times by different scientists, all yielding positive results.  Today Albert Einstein is probably the most famous scientist in history, with his theory being taught in classrooms all over the world.


[Speculation - Spoilers??]

What if The Flash’s version of the character Martin Stein is also Felicity’s father?
If you read the character description below, it kind of fit the profile and will keep Felicity’s character within the Firestorm Universe. [As I mention this is pure speculation…]

Character description:
“As one half of the Firestorm entity in the DC Comics universe, MARTIN STEIN is described as a brilliant but arrogant nuclear physicist who has SACRIFIED EVERYTHING, INCLUDING A MARRIAGE, for his work in transmutation”. []

One last thing: Coincidentally, Martin Stein is also Jewish

Martin Stein (Victor Garber) will first appear in episode 112 of The Flash

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Learn More About Peggy's New Mission In Full Synopsis For AGENT CARTER Season 2

“Marvel’s Agent Carter” returns for a dynamic second season of adventure and intrigue, starring Hayley Atwell in the titular role of the unstoppable Agent Peggy Carter, working for the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve).

Dedicated to the fight against new Atomic Age threats in the wake of World War II, Agent Carter journeys from New York City to Los Angeles for her most dangerous – and bizarre – assignment yet. East Coast SSR Chief Jack Thompson (Chad Michael Murray) sends Peggy to work with newly appointed West Coast SSR Chief Daniel Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) to explore a strange homicide involving a body that glows and emanates cold.

Upon her arrival, Peggy reunites with Howard Stark’s (Dominic Cooper) butler and her loyal partner-in-crime, Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy), who welcomes her to the Hollywood life and sets her up at Stark’s mansion. There, Peggy meets Ana (Lotte Verbeek), Jarvis’ free-spirited and devoted wife to whom she takes an immediate liking.

Eventually, the odd investigation leads Peggy to quirky yet charming scientist Jason Wilkes (Reggie Austin), who quickly becomes an ally — and sparks fly. As Peggy continues to find clues in this peculiar case, she is introduced to the machinations of Whitney Frost (Wynn Everett), a movie starlet, brilliant physicist and the true power behind husband and senatorial candidate Calvin Chadwick (Currie Graham). Calvin, a politician who will do anything to get to the top, befriends Vernon Masters (Kurtwood Smith), a veteran of the War Department with a keen understanding of how to work the system. Peggy soon discovers that corruption seemingly runs deep, making it hard to distinguish the good versus the bad.

The search comes full circle when Russian spy Dottie Underwood (Bridget Regan) returns into Peggy’s life in a new and unexpected way. But even as Peggy discovers a new city, both old and new friends – and potentially a new love – she’s about to learn the bright lights of post-war Hollywood mask a more sinister threat to everyone she is sworn to protect.

Agent Carter returns January 19