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Marvel's Agent Carter (2015) season 2, episode 6
"Life of the Party"
WRITER: ERIC PEARSON
DIRECTOR: CRAIG ZISK
AIR DATE: February 16 2016
"Life of the Party" - a curious episode title for Agent Carter, given that this episode, in carrying on with the plotlines of season two, features a considerable amount of death. Zero Matter (aka the McGuffin of the season), the fate of Doctor Wilkes (Reggie Austin), and the machinations of Whitney Frost (Wynn Everett) dominate the episode.
Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell), having had been grievously injured in the previous episode, finds herself making a tough choice - enlisting the help of an adversary. Dottie Underwood (Bridget Regan) has been a problem in season one and earlier this season as well, when the Russian spy was taken down by Peggy. She’s also, well... a wee bit unhinged, and the actress plays her that way. Jarvis (James D’Arcy) is sent in with Dottie to a campaign event for Chadwick (Currie Graham).
The event is a cover for a meeting by the Council, and the event becomes a bit of cloak and dagger in more than one way. Thompson (Chad Michael Murray) and Vernon Masters (Kurtwood Smith) are in attendance, and both require distraction. And Whitney, being a source of Zero Matter, is the subject of Dottie’s work on Peggy’s behalf. I like how the series has often put Jarvis in a situation where he has to think quickly on his feet and be calm under pressure - the actor conveys that nicely, as well as the sense of exasperation the character seems to have an abundance of. By contrast, I like that Dottie’s slightly addled mindset is still capable of experiencing horror as she witnesses something that certainly is horrific.
This being a series about a world of superhuman abilities - even if that’s decades before Earth’s Mightiest Heroes form up - the season’s antagonist continues on her path deeper into the darkness. Whitney’s abilities in harnessing Zero Matter and its continued effect on her mental stability play out this time in a big way as she’s growing ever more into a megalomaniac. She probably crossed that point of no return very early on before she absorbed Zero Matter, and it’s too late to redeem her. The actress is bringing that across nicely throughout.
Dottie and Jarvis
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