“The Edge of Mystery” *****stars Aired 2/23/16
Directed by Metin Huseyin
Written by Brant Englestein
“A Little Song and Dance” ***** stars Aired 2/23/16
Directed by Jennifer Getzinger
Teleplay by Chris Dingess
*spoilers contained within*
With only one episode left next week, Marvel’s Agent Carter pulled out all the stops in another two-hour extravaganza. Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and Chief Daniel Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) are in a race against time to find Whitney Frost (Wynn Everett) before she drains Dr. Jason Wilkes (Reggie Austin) of all the dark matter inside of him. In the first episode, “The Edge of Mystery” Whitney Frost is interrogating Dr. Wilkes as to what makes him appear and disappear and suggests ways-evil ways-to harness the zero matter inside of him and control it. Dr. Wilkes refuses to give in to her rhetoric and tells her he doesn’t know why the zero matter does what it does to him. Agent Carter and Chief Sousa go to Dr. Samberly (Matt Braunger) and ask him to make fake uranium rods as a way to trick Whitney and get Dr. Wilkes back. They pay a visit to Joseph Manfredi (Ken Marino) who is the only living person that still knows Whitney’s whereabouts and tell him they will give the rods to Whitney in exchange for Dr. Wilkes. Jarvis (James D’Arcy) asks Agent Carter to go on the mission but she refuses to let him and argue until a message comes from Howard Stark for a gamma device to destroy zero matter. The two sides meet and the exchange goes well until the rods are dropped but nothing happens. Whitney knows they are fake and Agent Carter makes a run for it but is found in the desert by Whitney and Manfredi. The gamma device works but leaves Dr. Wilkes unstable.
The second episode, “A Little Song and Dance” opens with a rousing song-and-dance number featuring Dr. Wilkes, Chief Sousa, Jarvis and even Angie (Lyndsy Fonseca) behind the counter of a luncheonette singing to Agent Carter before she is punched awake by Rose (Lesley Boone). She is tied up in the back of a truck next to Jarvis as Chief Jack Thompson (Chad Michael Murray), Sousa and Dr. Samberly are waiting in the desert for their return. Peggy and Jarvis break out of the truck and start walking toward the Sousa and the others. Manfredi and Whitney are driving Dr. Wilkes back to the city when he says he does not feel well and his eyes turn black. They get him to a nearby facility where Whitney takes zero matter from his body. Agent Carter, Chief Sousa and Dr. Samberly ready the gamma device to use on Whitney but Dr. Samberly tells them Chief Thompson wanted it turned into a bomb. They order him to build a signal blocker immediately. Dr. Samberly builds it but Thompson threatens him to turn it off with Whitney and Agent Vernon Masters (Kurtwood Smith), who have gotten close in this episode, watching.
This week’s episode had all the explosive action and adventure the show has had the entire season. We are seeing Whitney grow darker and more powerful the longer she carries zero matter inside of her. Dr. Wilkes is feeling the effects to the point where he becomes unstable and eventually explodes. The motives of Masters and Thompson are finally revealed but we have yet to see which one is the real villain and which one is playing along to get answers. The main focus of these two episodes is Edwin Jarvis. He is an example of what can happen when even the most reasonable, comical, light-hearted person is pushed to the brink of losing everything. His wife Ana (Lotte Verbeek) is shot by Whitney when she tries to foil Dr. Wilkes’s kidnapping and he is told by the medical staff assigned to her that due to her injuries, she can no longer have children. As I was watching this week, I couldn’t help but feel for this character, especially when he and Peggy are arguing on the side of the road and he calls himself a coward for not being able to tell Ana she cannot have kids. We see him, a man who would rather talk peace than fight a war, shoot Whitney Frost point blank out of revenge. It was a thought-provoking storyline and makes you wonder what would you do in that situation. There were the happy moments when they are holding hands as she is recovering.
ABC and Marvel laid it all out these past few weeks in preparation for next week’s season finale. Marvel’s Agent Carter did it bigger and better this season and I cannot wait for the season finale to see the culmination of such a storyline. The cast and crew of this show are so talented and work so well together to make this show the hit it has been. Whether it be old favorites like Hayley Atwell and James D’Arcy or newcomers like Wynn Everett and Reggie Austin, they all seem to connect like they’ve been together since day one.
Marvel’s Agent Carter airs Tuesdays at 9pm on ABC. Check your local listings. And check out ABC Go for clips and full episodes.