After all the drama of last week’s episode of Agent Carter, what with Jason Wilkes (Reggie Austin) getting kidnapped by Whitney Frost (Wynn Everett) and her cronies, and Ana Jarvis (Lotte Verbeek) getting shot, ‘The Edge Of Mystery’ wastes no time in diving into the action.
Wilkes finds himself having to make some tough decisions while he has Frost looking over his shoulder, trying to make him accept the power of Zero Matter. Meanwhile, Mr Jarvis (James D’Arcy) gets riled up and is suddenly dead-set on making Frost pay for shooting his wife. Plans are made to overcome Frost and get Wilkes back on their side but, as always, the plan quickly goes to shit and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and the team find themselves wading through it.
This week, Agent Carter has made the switch from a semi-farcical spy adventure to a high stakes thriller. There’s little room for the regular shits and giggles now that there’s more than one life on the line. The result isn’t unwelcome, however. In fact, ‘The Edge Of Mystery’ is easily one of the most tense, action-packed episodes we’ve had through both seasons of the show.
‘The Edge Of Mystery’ also made brilliant use of one of Agent Carter’s greatest assets, Edwin Jarvis, as we got to see a brand new side to him. It feels like every week we’re seeing new sides to characters, but this version of Mr Jarvis so far removed from anything he’s given us before. His regular bumbling up-right English gentleman persona is stripped away to reveal a kind, very emotional and somewhat teary teddy bear when it comes to his hospitalised wife, and a slightly awkward but highly motivated action star when it comes to getting revenge for the reason his wife has been hospitalised. Mr Jarvis should get riled up more often.
With all the action going on (and the fact that we’re on episode 8 of 10), it’s clear we’re coming to the end of the mystery. We’re being set up for something big here. When the final chapter does eventually arrive, it ought to be marvellous.