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Marvel's Agent Carter (2015) season 2, episode 8
"The Edge of Mystery"
WRITER: BRANT ENGLESTEIN
DIRECTOR: METIN HUSEVIN
AIR DATE: February 23 2016
"The Edge of Mystery" is the first half of a doubleheader episode for Agent Carter, as season two is headed towards its end. Zero Matter continues to be the driving force of the season, as Whitney Frost (Wynn Everett) pursues her quest to master the power it presents. Agent Carter (Peggy Atwell) persists in working to find a way to stop her, while things have grown ever more dire for the heroes of the series.
Whitney has herself a hostage - Jason Wilkes (Reggie Austin). They’ve reacted to Zero Matter in different ways, and yet have survived being exposed to it - one thing they have in common. Whitney tries to tempt Wilkes into accepting what Zero Matter has to present to him. Wilkes would just prefer to get his life back, and yet he wavers in that, finding himself increasingly torn over what to do.
Peggy is with Jarvis (James D’Arcy), who’s at a bad place - Ana (Lotte Verbeek) is in surgery, her life in danger. I like the way the two actors play off each other at this point - Carter’s absolute support of her butler partner, the heartbreak and worry by Jarvis. Where things end up for Ana brings out the empathy of the audience- a mark of how likeable the characters have been.
There’s a lot of double crossing going on as the series has gone on. What are the actual agendas of Masters (Kurtwood Smith) and Thompson (Chad Michael Murray)? They’re increasingly at odds with each other as this episode goes on, and we can’t be sure of either of them. And there are other double crosses before it’s all said and done.
The climax of the episode - leading into a cliffhanger - has Frost trying to recreate the circumstances of Zero Matter’s creation out in the desert - courtesy of an atomic explosion. Things don’t quite go to plan for her, or for those trying to stop her - Peggy and company. With one character having revenge on his mind (and quite justifiable, at that), Whitney won’t let a little thing like being shot point blank range stop her, after all. Pesky Zero Matter... it’s more effective than Kevlar armor in saving your life.
tended by Peggy and Jarvis
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