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Agent Carter (TV Series 2016, S.2)
Role: Edwin Jarvis
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Agent Carter S.1 reviews
James Garcia, We Got This Covered
D’Arcy particularly shines as Jarvis, and has some real comedic chemistry with Atwell. Watching the two play off of each other is incredibly fun, and is one of the most enjoyable relationships we’ve seen from Marvel so far.
Maureen Ryan, Huffington Post
Dominic Cooper swoops in from the MCU to have fun playing the rakish Howard Stark again, but I found that James D'Arcy, who plays Stark's butler, Jarvis, quietly stole the show out from under his flashy boss.
Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy) immediately becomes a scene-stealing character as he’s so far out of his element in Carter’s spy world when he would much rather prepare meals and prep the sheets for his wife at home. For Avengers fans who have been waiting on a live-action version of the team’s butler, D’Arcy delivers big time and is easily one of the show’s brightest spots.One of the more surprising revelations of the show is the chemistry between Carter and Jarvis, which interestingly enough gives us the Batman/Alfred dynamic of the focused crime-solver afraid to get to close to anyone for fear of losing them and the caretaker who helps her appreciate all that life has to offer.
Glavia Baker-Whitelaw, Daily Dot
James D'Arcy makes an excellent sidekick as Edwin Jarvis, playing to the English butler stereotype. His first scene emphasizes the fact that he's married, leaving things open for a platonic friendship and a gender-swapped riff on that trope where a female character provides emotional support while sewing up the hero's wounds. (Jarvis has practice at sewing because Howard Stark "puts a lot of strain on his zippers," apparently.)
Morgan Jeffery, Digital Spy
Best of all though is James D'Arcy as Edwin Jarvis. A world away from his chilling Broadchurch baddie, D'Arcy's mild-mannered butler with a growing taste for spy work is an absolute scene stealer. But he's also more than comic relief, providing Peggy with invaluable support - both in the field and on an emotional level.
Jessica Hickam, She Knows
James D'Arcy is brilliant in everything but the role of Edwin Jarvis is perfect for him as the shy yet intelligent overseer.
Amy Ratcliffe, Nerdist
D’Arcy is so damn endearing as Jarvis I can barely stand it. He’s proper, but he made it clear in the second episode he’s not afraid of getting his hands dirty. My favorite aspect of Jarvis might be how unflappable he is. Whether he’s involved in a speeding chase, talking about Stark’s bedroom romps, or giving Peggy a heartfelt pep talk about not working alone, he maintains the same calm composure and even delivery with only a few outbursts. And by outbursts, I mean he raises his voice slightly. Finally, I’m pleased his and Carter’s relationship is totally platonic with no subtext at this point, and I hope it stays that way. I’m also keeping my fingers crossed that they aren’t torn apart by Stark’s secret.
Oliver Sava, TV Club
The relationship between Peggy and Jarvis provides a lot of charm in these first two episodes. Peggy wants to believe that she doesn’t need any help, Jarvis is overly eager to provide assistance, and they have to learn to work as a team in order to clear Stark’s name. They’re the central relationship of the series, and luckily Atwell and D’Arcy immediately connect on a personal level that makes the characters’ partnership substantial and engaging.
Noel Murray, TV Club
Peggy and Jarvis in particular have a classic TV relationship: one headstrong, one persnickety, and both extraordinarily handy in their own way.Unlike too many foreign-born TV stars these days, Atwell and D’Arcy get to use their native accents, which goes a long way toward them being able to bring a lot of their own personal flavor to their roles.
Christopher Bourque, Tv After Dark:
Hayley Atwell and James D’Arcy share a kinetic on-screen chemistry that glows a bit more brightly each week. It was a beautiful thing to watch these actors display such subtle emotions as Jarvis and Peggy fight through adversity for each other. This story revealed how important loyalty is to both characters and in so doing, gave us deeper glimpses into each.
Thompson’s interrogation of Jarvis was a mood changing scene in what ultimately became a surprisingly emotional episode. The threat of deportation and the humiliation of treason, made what started as a simple next step in the investigation into a painful moment to watch. D’Arcy’s charm was at first disarming. As Thompson pressed and threatened in smug and arrogant jabs, the bubbling anguish and anger of Jarvis was a clear momentum shift for the episode. Murray was equal to the task. Demonstrating his range and growth as an actor, he is quickly shattering the golden boy persona he’s played so often. Thompson is a hard-assed agent and Murray is making us believe it.
D’Arcy is an absolute gem. His humorous and bumbling English butler persona is balanced so well with his tender and emotional support of Peggy. The interrogation was however another level entirely. The grit and determination not to talk was palatable. Both Atwell and D’Arcy shared equal moments of anguish and both were superb in the subtleties of emotion throughout the moment.
Morgan Jeffery, Digital Spy:
After just two episodes, fans of Marvel's Agent Carter have already taken James D'Arcy's splendid Edwin Jarvis to their hearts, so 'Time and Tide' guarantees our investment by placing Peggy's droll aide in SSR's crosshairs.
Jarvis quickly finds himself under interrogation from Chad Michael Murray's hot-headed Jack Thompson, but rather than resorting to his usual violent methods, Thompson digs up dirty on the seemingly squeaky-clean Englishman.
'Time and Tide' thus reveals a little of Edwin's backstory - specifically how he committed treason to save his beloved Anna and how he subsequently came to find himself in Stark's employ - and so fleshes out a character who could easily have been just an amusing English gent caricature.
Elsewhere this episode, the character retains his wonderful line in withering sarcasm, but faced with Thompson's accusations and cruel taunts, Jarvis's stiff upper lip is seen to quiver - in fact, he shudders with barely restrained rage.
James D'Arcy can do charm and humor in his sleep, but anyone familiar with his broader body of work will know he's capable of going deeper and darker so it's wonderful to see him being given the opportunity to do just that.
Andrew Wheeler, Comics Alliance:
No analysis of this episode would be satisfactory without giving James D'Arcy's Jarvis his due. We get a little more insight into his character -- and his inspiring devotion to his wife Ana, who I'm sorry to say I don't think we're ever going to meet. D'Arcy also got to show off his acting chops in a couple of brilliant scenes, first when he role-plays an interrogation with Peggy, his face almost entirely in shadow (great direction), and then when he fakes an American accent to call in the tip, managing to perfectly convey that this was Jarvis, not D'Arcy, doing an American accent.
Zac Thompson, Bloody Disgusting:
James D’Arcy is an absolute delight week after week, and I can’t really tell what his true motives are in all this. Which makes for even more fantastic drama. His revelation of what he did for his wife was heartfelt and did a lot to humanize this already fantastic character.
Joshua Rivera, Entertainment Weekly:
Stop being so unflappably charming, James D'Arcy.
Luke Kalamar, Pop Break:
A big element that I loved about this episode was its focus on Edwin Jarvis. As we all know, Jarvis is a major part of Stark history. Tony himself even names his entire operating system J.A.R.V.I.S. Yet we actually barely know anything about the man. That has now changed. Throughout this hour, we see a new side to this very dapper butler and get some excellent insight into what brought him to Stark during the war. The interrogation between Agent Jack Thompson (Chad Michael Murray) and Jarvis was a definite highlight. Watching Jarvis withstand repeated accusations was awesome, as was John D’Arcy’s facial expressions as we slowly watched this calm man break down when his wife is threatened. Jarvis’s fierce loyalty is clearly a great strength of his, but it’s also a weakness. He dedicates himself to his wife Anna to the point of losing his perfect composure when the idea of her harm is brought up. Being dishonorably discharged from the armed forces is okay with him simply because Anna was saved. There’s still plenty more to learn, but we definitely know a lot more about Jarvis now, and I love that.
Jaime Heller, The Nerve
Personally, I’ve thought this show has been a blast to watch. First, the time period is intriguing. Second, there’s British espionage on an American show. Third, Agent Carter is fantastic. And last, Edwin Jarvis has been a gem to watch.
Agent Carter is British, as is Hayley Atwell who performs the role (with perfect grace, might I add). Then, there’s Edwin Jarvis, played by James D’Arcy–also British. The two main characters are British and played by British actors. (and both probably going to appear in many other roles, if casting directors and such are smart. Because these two are brilliant.)
Samantha Kaye, TV Equals
First amongst them, thank you Marvel for casting James D’Arcy as Jarvis. I’ve been a fan of his since Master and Commander, and hot dang, is he brilliant in this role as the reluctant partner in crime to Peggy. Honestly, the show could just be the two of them talking, and I would be enraptured.
His mild-mannered Englishness is the perfect foil to Peggy’s brash Englishness. And it makes perfect sense why so many viewers want them together, even with Jarvis’ sweet tale about falling in love with his wife.