Peggy (Hayley Atwell) and Jarvis (James D'Arcy) have hit one; a snafu; a problem that slows down their mission. It lands Peggy in the SSR interrogation room, with Dooley, (Shea Whigham) Thompson (Chad Michael Murray) and Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) all taking turns at her, while the real baddies set their plan in motion.
|While the plot speeds and slows and turns in strange places, these two are always there to keep everything hunky-dory.|
And, more importantly, the show hit one too; it's the second-to-last episode, so why is there still so much plot-delaying going on? Peggy and Jarvis spent this entire episode inside the SSR, mostly not even doing anything -- except talking, which really wasn't that bad since that's what they do best together -- but the action was limited, and limited mostly to Thompson and Sousa, and there was hardly any forward motion plot-wise. Or character-wise for that matter.
Sousa's character took a few limping steps back (sorry) when he suddenly got to be a temporary idiot so that Evil Dottie could escape (Thompson had his turn last ep, so I guess Sousa had it coming). At least he also got to be the first to decide to believe Carter. And even if the final installment gives no more development that this one did, he'll still be a good, well-handled and interesting character in my opinion. I certainly hope they don't though; he's just good enough to need to be even better.
|You go Sousa, you can overcome these disabilities! And I'm not referring to the leg...|
Thompson however, has reached him peak, so I didn't regret the lack of movement his character got. Accept it, and move on. Chief Dooley got the highest concentration this time, and they gave it their all, but he still didn't manage to go anywhere special or memorable. (Spoiler) When I sat down to write this, I momentarily forgot that he had died, and only remembered it as a plot point, not a character one. I appreciate their attempts at trying to jerk feelings for him out of us by including his family problems, but they should have started earlier if they really wanted it to work. (End Spoiler)
Peggy's character development seems to have been hijacked by her evil opposite; I'm fairly sure that Dottie (Bridget Regan) actually got more screen time than Peggy did this time. And Dottie's character has nowhere to go -- she's a stone-cold murdering psychopath. You make your villains stone-cold murdering psychopaths so that you don't have to spend time and effort on them!
|One more of Jarvis because I haven't been able to use as many pictures of him in my past reviews as I would have liked. Jarvis is not a stone-cold murdering Psychopath. He is awesome.|
Poor Peggy and Jarvis are left in the waiting room with not much to do except set each other up for cute, witty one-liners (as fun as those are). They do have one good, classic scene, all funny and cheeky, that was able to distract me until next week (I hope). And otherwise, Peggy coming clean to her co-workers about her personal mission and then getting emotional over wanting to protect Steve Rogers' blood was pretty interesting. And I thought it was totally sweet when Jarvis told Peggy how many times he panicked with he realized something had happened to her.
Next week is the last episode, and the less it moves along, the less I want it to end. Right now I really, really, really don't want it to end.
The past six episode's reviews:
Episodes 1 and 2