TV Review: Agent Carter – Series 2 Episode 8: ‘The Edge of Mystery’

‘The Edge of Mystery’ is not a bad episode of Agent Carter by any means, but a lot will have to be done in the last two episodes of this series for there to be a strong conclusion, says

★★★☆☆

Image: Marvel / ABC

Image: Marvel / ABC

Looks like the last two episodes were a high point for Agent Carter.  At least it has not gone too far backwards to the point where it was bad.  This episode was a good one that worked for me and I enjoyed it, but it did lack the gravitas that we saw previously.  I don’t have any actual criticism for this episode, but not all of it added up and it feels that a show in its antepenultimate episode should really be dishing out more that what we are seeing.  The show had a vote of confidence by the network by being made longer.  I just wish it was using that vote to better effect.

One of the best parts of this episode was the ending where Jarvis went up and shot Whitney Frost multiple times point blank in the chest.  This was a great moment for the character.  I had previously criticised the show for not doing enough with Jarvis, just having him stand around being the comic relief.  Well that was gone here. Jarvis actually went to a dark place and wanted to avenge his wife Ana, who now cannot have children due to Whitney’s actions.  We have heard about how Jarvis risked his career to save Ana, but this was the first time we actually witnessed him fly off the handle for the woman he loves.  He does not need to say anything but the fact that he was willing to throw his life away to avenge her shows how dangerous he can be and adds to his character.  It was also good to see Whitney bounce back from that as there was no way that would be the end of her character.

I also really enjoyed Wilkes’s betrayal.  The episode did not go the easy route of deciding to let him ally with her because he was addicted to power.  Wilkes was desperate and wanted to be cured or belong in some way.  He knew that he could not continue being someone that was always on the verge of becoming intangible again.  Frost offered him a way out, a chance to become a real person again and he took it, as she seemed to know more about the Zero Matter than Peggy did.  That was a development that made a lot of sense.  Jason did not want to betray Peggy, but rather he felt he needed to in order to find some solution to this issue.  His regret was genuine as he was wondering whether he had made a terrible mistake and what this would cost him. This was plain to see.

Finally, I also really enjoyed how Thompson finally decided to confront Masters.  This was much more of the Thompson that we needed to see this series: not the chauvinist pig we saw in series one who did not believe in Carter, but someone who respected her and would follow her lead.  The fact that he finally stood up to Masters and tried to stop him from stealing an atomic bomb demonstrated that he was, at his heart, a good character.  He was beginning to show some moral fibre and come to the right side.  He finally got back into his character and not a moment too soon.  It is just a shame it took this long for us to see him acting ridiculously out of character and have to go through all that blarney with a redacted file.

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