Episode 6: “A Sin to Err”
Peggy tracks down a Russian mole while Souza tracks down Peggy.
With the heaviness of the last few episodes, “A Sin to Err” is charming return to the lighter side of Agent Carter. First and foremost, more Peggy/Jarvis shenanigans! It’s been too long since we’ve seen this comedic duo doing their thing. What better comeback than a bit tracking down Howard Stark’s lady friends? Oh Howard, you’re smart, you’re charming, you’re married, you’re a son of a bitch. If only there was a way to could hate you for being you so much. Alas, hatred seems to roll off Howard Stark like rain off a duck, so it is poor Jarvis who receives the brunt of the animosity.
Jarvis (James D’Arcy) is perhaps the funniest Marvel TV character yet written. His style of comedy is wholly accidental, complete unpreparedness faced with a stiff upper lip. When it comes to humor, you can spot the best comedians because they aren’t laughing at their jokes. Everything is deadly serious for them, which is why they become so frustrated with the bizarre circumstances they find themselves in. Jarvis is a prime example of such an individual. Every time Peggy drags him into her world of espionage, Jarvis is secretly wishing he were back home with a cup of tea. Alas, that would be too simple.
The episode is not without seriousness, however. Peggy’s secret goings-on have been uncovered and she finds herself the target of a manhunt by her own office. And in true Peggy Carter fashion, she makes the rest of her office look like preschoolers. Oh, to be a fly on the wall in the locker room where these agents recover after trying to capture her. Nursing bruises, bloody noses, fat lips, and all manner of welts; each asking the same question, “is that the same woman who brings me my lunch?” The only meal served in the SSR office today was a can of whoop-ass.
The pure energy of this series brings new hope for the return of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in a few weeks. Fresh off a dramatically improved second season, the slew of recently announced Netflix programs (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, etc), and the stupendous momentum of Agent Carter, there has never been a better time to be a Marvel TV program. Each week is opening up new possibilities to explore and draw inspiration from. These shows will hopefully nourish one another for the foreseeable future. A Golden Age of Comic Book Television is upon us.
The “Peggy” of it All:
For all of Peggy’s strength, cunning, ingenuity, and resourcefulness; she can’t do everything alone. Jarvis isn’t enough, the Howling Commandos aren’t enough, Howard Stark most certainly is not enough. Her enemies are vast organizations of people working together. No matter how good Peggy is (and she could give Scarlett Johannson’s Black Widow a run for her money), she can’t do it all alone. At some point she will need to take a chance, open up to someone, and pray they take a chance on her, too. And while there may be few people she trusts less to do so than the pigheaded men in her office, she doesn’t have many other options. Howard is focused on himself, the Commandos are off fighting, Jarvis is, for all his support, only a butler, and time is running out for all of them.
The “Peggy” of it all is that Peggy is not enough. No man nor woman is an island.
Episode Score: 9.1