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Agent Carter served up another two episodes where everyone struggled to gain the upper hand. Everyone wanted a piece of the pie whether is was zero matter, uranium, or just control. Because of this, everyone also had their own agenda, which made it hard to keep track of who wanted what.
In the first episode, “The Edge of Mystery,” things picked up right where they left off, with Ana Jarvis in the hospital after receiving a gunshot wound courtesy of Whitney Frost. It was another heartbreaking scene with Jarvis in shambles at Ana’s bedside just hoping she would wake up. I have to say, James D’Arcy showed some serious skills this episode, weaving from distraught to overjoyed to full of anger and vengeance. It was quite impressive.
After that emotional beginning, it was off to see what Whitney was up to. She was trying to compare notes with Jason about their experience with zero matter. Even though it has had a completely different effect on each them, they both agreed that it made them hear a voice in their head. This was a little alarming and strange since this was never brought up before. They said zero matter “called” to them, but I didn’t realize they actually heard an actual voice. Zero matter continues to make zero sense to me.
Peggy didn’t waste any time as she decided to trade (fake) uranium for Jason, but Jason did not come willingly. Whitney had been giving him more zero matter, which I guess made him crave control, and he quickly shifted over to team Whitney. I was really confused about how suddenly that happened. It seemed like zero matter was just being used as a device to justify anything that happened.
So the tables have turned, which meant it was back to the drawing board for Peggy and the gang. With the help of Howard Stark and Samberly, they created a means to destroy zero matter using gamma rays. Again, I’m not real sure about the science in all this, but apparently it could absorb zero matter and make it disappear? While they were busy with that, Whitney got her hands on the real uranium and planned to open up a giant portal of zero matter, like they showed earlier in the season. Somehow it worked, but Peggy and the gang were quick at her heels.
As soon as the orb of zero matter formed, Jason was sucked into it, but Whitney’s feet remained on the ground, which of course made her furious. Again, I have no idea why it chose him and not her. When Peggy arrived, she was concerned with closing the portal, but Jarvis only had eyes for killing Whitney- his sense of vengeance heightened after hearing that Ana can no longer have children thanks to being shot. This was the first time we saw Jarvis really disobey Peggy and I thought it was pretty foolish. For the first time, I wished Jarvis had stayed behind on this mission.
In the end of the first episode, Sousa, Samberly, and Jack were able to get rid of the zero matter, Jason was spit back out of the portal, and Jarvis tried to shoot Whitney. Because Whitney healed immediately, Peggy and Jarvis were captured and driven away, leaving Jack, Sousa, and Samberly alone in the desert. Things were clearly not going as planned.
The second half of the night just continued to get more and more frustrating with, “A Little Song and Dance.” Before we got back to the action, we were given a musical dream sequence courtesy of Peggy’s subconscious. This was probably the highlight of the night for me. It was fun to see our favorite characters singing and dancing. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long. Back in reality, Peggy and Jarvis were able to escape Whitney’s clutches, because once again, no one knows how to hold a prisoner captive for more than 10 seconds on this show. They escaped, only to be stranded in the middle of the desert. Whitney’s crew noticed soon after and sent a truck back, which was the perfect chance for Peggy to knock them out and steal the truck. Good thing those guys came back.
The rest of the episode was all about Whitney trying to extract zero matter from Jason and everyone else trying to stop her. However, everyone had their own way of trying to curb Whitney. It was hard to tell who was on which side. All that really mattered was that, in the end, Whitney killed Vernon Masters and Jason ended up exploding because his body couldn’t contain all of the zero matter. You’d think the explosion would have killed Whitney, but according to the previews for next week, she only absorbed it to become more powerful.
Between all of this fighting and confusion, there was a lovely scene between Jarvis and Ana where he finally told her that she wasn’t able to have kids anymore. It was touching, especially when Ana insisted that Jarvis go back and help Peggy finish the mission, because after all, “Who does Peggy have?” That stung.
Overall, these two episodes just felt messy and rushed. I still don’t know if Jack Thompson ended up on Vernon’s side, Peggy’s, or his own. This season has just continuously been going downhill, and I think it all comes down to the fact that the zero matter concept wasn’t fully formed.
Hopefully they can bring it all together with next week’s season (possibly series) finale.