25 Inimitable Men 20/25
Edwin Jarvis (Agent Carter)
#SideKickGOALS. I mean, go ahead, I dare you to tell me someone that’s better — I’ll be waiting. And listen, while we’re normally all for listening to the opinion of others with the belief that no opinion is wrong, when it comes to this question, in the world of television, if it isn’t Edwin Jarvis, the answer is wrong. Sorry not sorry, we don’t make the rules. /End Rant. Agent Carter was the gift that gave us inimitable characters for two beautiful seasons before it was tragically robbed of a permanent home on television. (And no, I will never in my life be more bitter about a cancellation than this.) And in the midst of those exceptional two seasons, we not only got to know Peggy Carter, but we were given the chance to get to know the Stark’s infamous butler Edwin Jarvis. In our short but profound journey with the greatest sidekick in the world, we were able to understand without a single doubt why Tony Stark decided to keep him alive for all these years. See, here’s the thing, Tony Stark and I don’t agree on much, but at least we agree on the fact that Edwin Jarvis is the absolute best. In all seriousness though, friends — in Jarvis we met someone incomparably brave, unceasingly kind, and indescribably wise. We met a figure who’s truly indescribable and whose presence is an undeniable gift in the lives of many.
We’re fairly certain that we can all agree in the words of Brooklyn Nine Nine’s Captain Raymond Holt that “everything is garbage.” While 2016 may have been an incredibly sad year, it has without a doubt been the best in television. Honestly, it’s difficult to recall the last time we’ve had such a hard time culminating our choices. And that said, performers are the heart of a series. Without them, the characters we cherish and adore wouldn’t be as extraordinary. They wouldn’t resonate with us in the seemingly effortless ways they do. Without their meticulously crafted performances we wouldn’t feel a single thing. Without further ado, it is these 16 performers that have made 2016 indescribable.
And if you haven’t already, check out the first part of our Year-End Reviews as we pay tribute to Sundance’s Rectify.
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“Life of the Party” and “Monsters” | Agent Carter
In the words of Edwin Jarvis: ABORT.
Episode Summary: Chadwick turns Whitney in to the council, but it backfires when she absorbs him and a few other men. Dottie escapes after helping Peggy. Wilkes was taken captive. Daniel’s been beaten then later demoted. Vernon can’t be trusted. Thompson’s still terrible. And the ever so sweet Ana Jarvis has been drastically injured after being shot by Whitney.
Review | Analysis: As all episodes of Agent Carter, tonight’s two hour special was an absolute adventure — a roller coaster of way too many feelings I have no idea how to work through. “Life of the Party” and “Monsters” played with a variety of noted spy drama tropes, but what they’ve done most phenomenally, is given each of the female characters an opportunity to shine. Both episodes also did a great job of exhibiting the fact that despite the fear that resides in us, we’re all far more courageous than we think, and sometimes, a single step is all it takes to showcase that bravery.
Before we get into the episode, I feel it’s important to acknowledge that this series is filled with some of the most talented actors and actresses. They’re not only incredibly fun to watch, but when things need to take an emotional turn, they’re as evocative as can be delivering some of the most incredible performances. Again, why aren’t more people watching this show?
As always and unsurprisingly at this point, I’m left speechless over the beauty and grace of this series.
Episode Summary: After hearing about all the chaos that has erupted because of his doings, Howard Stark returns to come clean about everything. SSR agents accompanied by Howard and Jarvis attempt to put an end to Ivchenko’s and Dottie’s schemes.
Review | Analysis: I could not have been more pleased with the end of the first season.It did a great job of wrapping everything up in an elegantly scrambled bow andthat’s exactly what was necessary. When (hopefully) the series resumes for its second season, I’m looking forward to exploring both new and old elements because if there’s one thing we know about the Marvel universe, it’s that things aren’t always what they seem. Topped with wonderful performances by each cast member and exceptional cinematography – the episode receives a solid A+ from us.
“Snafu” was literally an emotional andphysical roller-coaster and I kindly ask that you bear with me as I attempt toarticulately review the intense hour of TV’s greatest Marvel establishment so far.
Episode Summary: SSR agents attempt to learn the truth behind Peggy’s “betrayal” but Jarvis comes tothe rescue with a forged document signed by Howard Stark. Dr. Ivchenkocontinues to hypnotize Chief Dooley then uses one of Stark’s inventions to murder him while he escapes with Dottie. Peggy Carter later comes forward with the truth allowing everyone to see where her loyalties have always been. And the episode ends with one of Stark’s inventions trigger what looked much like the “the Spell of Shattered Sight” (sort of, but not really).
Review | Analysis: Imagining the bareness in the world of television without this show after next week isn’t pleasant. “Snafu” is without question a narrative genius – it isn’t easy to tell a story this innately excellent but Agent Carter writers, cast, and crew succeeded in ways I presume will be discussed for years to come. Also, just six minutes in I paused because I couldn’t cooperate with how astounding Hayley Atwell’s performance was, and throughout the rest of the episode I was left with a form of speechlessness I’m still attempting to pull through from.
Tonight’s episode of Agent Carter wasas fierce and as heartfelt as ever with unexpected twists that left uswishing time machines existed.
Episode Summary: After getting further proof, Daniel tells Chief Dooley that Peggy’s the female in the photographs. Dr. Ivchenko is creepier than ever and not on the side I imagined. Peggy and Jarvis are on the hunt for the trained assassin from Russia’s “Red Room”. Angie covers Peggy’s tracks in the most epic way possible. And after being poisoned by Dottie, the SSR take Peggy in before Dottie can finish off killing her.
Review | Analysis: The incidences of this episode were evidently meant to set up last week, and they were so well established that I’m certain we aren’t prepared for what’s to come in “Snafu”. The episode featured some questionable moments I could’ve certainly gone without (Dooley pouring his heart out to Ivchenko). I want to respect the man considering he’s the Chief, but after every word, I find myself more and more irritated. All that aside, it was fantastic to have James D’Arcy back working alongside Hayley Atwell because there’s nothing quite as entertaining as their scenes together.
Agent Carter continues to prove that it’s one of the strongest, most marvelously developed series in existence. And if you aren’t watching yet, there aren’tmany things I could promise you, but I can guarantee that you will fall headover for this show. Of all the shows I watch and review, this one’s probably the most difficult because it’s legitimately impossible to discuss every little impeccable moment, and if that doesn’t say it’s great, then I don’t know what will.
Episode Summary: When the “magic typewriter” sends out a message in codes, Peggy cracks it and tells to her fellow agents that they’re coordinates followed by a demand for $100,000 payable to Howard Stark. Believing that Stark’s the one who sent out the message, Thompson, Martinez, and Li go to Russia. After much hesitation, Dooley lets Peggy go as well when she gets the Howling Commandos to accompany them. Although there’s no detailed mention of the words on screen, Marvel fans have already realized that Dottie Underwood is not only a part of the Black Widow project, but the agents stumble into the Red Room during their trip to Russia. After seeing Peggy’s scars in the locker room, Daniel’s investigation leads to the realization that she’s the blond woman in the photographs. Neither Leviathan nor Stark are found, but with the help of Doctor Ivchenko, the team is now one step closer to uncovering it all.
Review | Analysis: The episode did an excellent job of reminding its viewers that what’s to come is so far from what we expect. The world is changing, terrible people are out there, and the Black Widow project is pretty damn frightening. Thankfully, in an episode that would’ve been fairly dark, the exquisite humor provided fantastic balance. Apart from all the great and terrifying storylines, the best moments were without a doubt Peggy Carter proving that she’s more badass than anyone can even begin to
Agent Carter’s third episode was yet another solid one providing that this show will probably, definitely be Marvel’s best.
Episode Summary: As Peggy and Jarvis continue to search for Leviathan and Stark’s stolen weapons, she’s forced to work as a double agent which eventually gets a member of SSR killed.
Review | Analysis: Once again the episode has left me disgusted with the male characters – other than Jarvis and Daniel of course. If it weren’t for Thompson and the rest of the team mistrusting her solely because of the fact that she’s a woman, she and Jarvis wouldn’t need to sneak around. If it weren’t for their misjudgment and ridiculing Krzeminski would definitely still be alive. It would’ve been so simple for them to trust that since and Steve have both worked with Stark, they know what he is and isn’t capable of. And if that were the case, it would’ve been the entire team against Leviathan as opposed to just Peggy and Jarvis.