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TV Review: Marvel's Jessica Jones - S1 Ep 5 "AKA The Sandwich Saved Me"

11.25.2015

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EPISODE 5: "AKA The Sandwich Saved Me"

SYNOPSIS: Despite Jessica’s objections, Trish’s new friend Simpson gets involved in the hunt for Kilgrave. Jessica recalls a pivotal moment in her life.

BREAKDOWN: I was beginning to think that the build up to Jessica Jones confronting Kilgrave was going to take most of the season, but here we are five episodes in and the two foes are finally face to face. With Jessica realizing that surgical drugs could knock out Kilgrave long enough to get him somewhere secure, it was just a matter of time to find the right place to strike. Luckily, Jessica's discovery that her addict neighbor Malcolm was the spy gave her the perfect opportuntity to plan her attack. But, in order to pull of the kidnapping, Jessica needs help from Trish and Officer Simpson as well. It's like a S.H.I.E.L.D. operation but nothing goes according to plan.

The episode also serves as our first true flashback origin to how Jessica Jones became the character we met in the first episode. Flashing back eighteen months, we find Jessica working in a customer service job she hates with one of the best quitting scenes since OFFICE SPACE. Meeting Trish for drinks, we see Jessica put a douchebag in his place with her powers as well as Krysten Ritter dressed as a giant sandwich when she saves the life of a young girl in oncoming traffic. That all leads to Trish showing Jessica a mock-up of a potential superhero costume, an exact replica of her Marvel Comics outfit when she went by the name Jewel. Jessica agrees to try being a hero and using her powers for good, but we never quite see her reach that point.

Back in the present, Jessica begrudgingly accepts help from Will Simpson whom he runs into at Trish's apartment when she interrupts him going down on her best friend. I guess that attempted murder didn't last long as the two are now an item. Jessica doesn't like Simpson and he doesn't trust her. His military experience is useful though as he helps plan an operation to capture Kilgrave and take him to an abandoned facility with a hermetically sealed room where his mind control will not work. We get a nice scene of Jones and Simpson talking trash and not hearing each other which definitely helps build the tension and respect between the two. Jessica learns that Malcolm meets Kilgrave each day at 10am to provide photos in exchange for drugs. The team decides to follow Malcolm and shoot Kilgrave with a dart gun and take him away,

When the plan executes, Jessica manages to grab Kilgrave and get him into the van but when they arrive at the facility, they realize he had a tracker on him. HIred guards show up and use a cattle prod to take out Trish. Simpson knocks out one guard while Jessica takes on multiple, but they get away with Kilgrave. So, for all that plotting over five episodes, Jessica's brilliant plan falls apart and the team are left with nothing and now Kilgrave knows they are coming for him. Trish blames herself for being weak but Jessica cannot blame her. They leave to try and recoup while Jessica takes Malcolm back to his apartment to help him detox. Jessica tries to relate to Malcolm and what he went through but Malcolm insists he wanted the drugs and she cannot save him again.

In the final part of the flashback, we see Jessica come across two guys mugging and beating on Malcolm. She steps in and knocks the guys out. With Malcolm safe, Jessica realizes Kilgrave was watching the entire time. He sends his female companions away and says how impressed he is with the beautiful Jessica, especially in that she has power like him. Under his spell, Jessica says she liked that she helped someone and used her powers for good, but Kilgrave doesn't care and takes her to dinner. We can assume this is how their relationship began. Back in the present, Malcolm flushes his drugs and goes cold turkey. Jessica gets a call from Kilgrave who laughs off the events of the day. Kilgrave threatens to make Malcolm continue his addiction but says he will stop if Jessica takes his place and sends him a photo of her each day. Jessica does not speak and hangs up on Kilgrave, but seeing Malcolm writhing as he tries to get clean, she sends a single photo to her former captor.

You may have noticed each episode so far this season has earned a 9 out of 10. I have yet to find an episode that has disappointed so far and this one is no exception. Well paced, well edited, and well acted, this could be the best of the season so far. David Tennant gets to chew the scenery through this episode, including a brief scene where he makes a magazine vendor splash hot coffee in his own face. Tennant is slimey and completely self-absorbed which makes him a great villain. I am still ambivalent towards Rachael Taylor as Trish, but Will Traval is definitely growing on me as Will Simpson. Once again, Krysten Ritter is stellar and continues to showcase her superheroics without making it seem out of place or strange. Another quality episode with strong supporting performances.

MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE REFERENCES: There is a shot of a kid wearing a Captain America costume. We also see Jessica Jones' original comic book uniform.

Final Verdict:

NEXT ON JESSICA JONES: Episode 5 "AKA You're A Winner" - Luke hires Jessica to help him find someone who may have skipped town, but she fears he’ll learn too much about her history in the process.

Source: JoBlo.com

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8:20PM on 11/28/2015

Huh

She can pick up cars but apparently can't knock a normal guy out? Everyone she hit in the big fight just got right back up. That annoys me about just as much as when a Flash villain can just walk around the corner and he can't catch up with them,
She can pick up cars but apparently can't knock a normal guy out? Everyone she hit in the big fight just got right back up. That annoys me about just as much as when a Flash villain can just walk around the corner and he can't catch up with them,
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12:19PM on 11/27/2015
I'm getting tired of moody, bitchy unlikable female characters. I just got board with this series after the first episode.
I'm getting tired of moody, bitchy unlikable female characters. I just got board with this series after the first episode.
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12:59PM on 11/26/2015

Genuine Question

Is this show about anything other than catty lesbians?
If so, what exactly?
Is this show about anything other than catty lesbians?
If so, what exactly?
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2:01PM on 11/26/2015
I made that point elsewhere. What's really sad is that the relationship seems to have been included for no other reason than to show they liked having lesbians. If it was organic, then great. The more lesbians the better. If we have an uninteresting sideplot about the troubles of lesbian marriage that seems to be there for no good reason, then it's stupid.
I made that point elsewhere. What's really sad is that the relationship seems to have been included for no other reason than to show they liked having lesbians. If it was organic, then great. The more lesbians the better. If we have an uninteresting sideplot about the troubles of lesbian marriage that seems to be there for no good reason, then it's stupid.
6:14PM on 11/26/2015
It does play a role in the later episodes, as does the abortion subplot. I won't go into details about how, but it involves Kilgrave. In general, I didn't care for it either, but I appreciate that those plot threads actually tied together to the main plot eventually. It still wasn't necessary, though.
It does play a role in the later episodes, as does the abortion subplot. I won't go into details about how, but it involves Kilgrave. In general, I didn't care for it either, but I appreciate that those plot threads actually tied together to the main plot eventually. It still wasn't necessary, though.
6:42PM on 11/26/2015
You both make some good comments, but from my perspective this show seems more soap opera than super hero.

I can't understand why a Marvel fan would be interested in this.
You both make some good comments, but from my perspective this show seems more soap opera than super hero.

I can't understand why a Marvel fan would be interested in this.
9:52PM on 11/26/2015
Dreamer, I know what you're talking about (and it is impossible to talk about without getting spoilery), but I wouldn't call that paying off. It's more like an interesting coincidence, which felt pointless after so much time dedicated to it. I thought one of the low moments of the series (Jessica at the train tracks) happened because of it as well, and that felt completely out of place for her character's arc.

This thing smells of trying to force something "hip" into the show for no good
Dreamer, I know what you're talking about (and it is impossible to talk about without getting spoilery), but I wouldn't call that paying off. It's more like an interesting coincidence, which felt pointless after so much time dedicated to it. I thought one of the low moments of the series (Jessica at the train tracks) happened because of it as well, and that felt completely out of place for her character's arc.

This thing smells of trying to force something "hip" into the show for no good reason. They could have made it more important, but because of how it was written it just felt tacked on. Maybe it's just sloppy writing, but taken as is I just thought it was as useless as the psycho neighbor, so it seems like it was done for affect instead of to help tell the story.

MoatMan, I liked it because of Killgrave. He was (at least for the first 7 or 8 episodes) a stunningly frightening villain. I also enjoyed Ritter's performance for most of the season because she really made you feel Jessica's pain. I wouldn't call it soap opera-ish because most of the series was dedicated to the superhero hunt of Killgrave, not the sexual shenanigans of everyone involved. But as a whole, I agree that it wasn't as great as Daredevil last year.
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5:36AM on 11/26/2015
Best episode so far for me. Finally had a full on fight with trained multiple assailants. Killgrave was great...the whole plan to take him down was fun. The JJ comic book outfit scene was pretty funny too...heck, even the title of the episode and the scene to which it referred. Great stuff. Really liking Officer Simpson too. As for Trish, I like her friendship with JJ and so appreciate the character but I've probably been more concerned with trying to workout where I've seen her from.
Best episode so far for me. Finally had a full on fight with trained multiple assailants. Killgrave was great...the whole plan to take him down was fun. The JJ comic book outfit scene was pretty funny too...heck, even the title of the episode and the scene to which it referred. Great stuff. Really liking Officer Simpson too. As for Trish, I like her friendship with JJ and so appreciate the character but I've probably been more concerned with trying to workout where I've seen her from. Finally clicked in this episode - knew there was more than meets the eye to my head scratching :o) On the downside, this episode did confirm my concern that Killgrave's going to turn in to a sniveling kid with issues about his ex leaving him and so might not be too different from the disappointing aspects of the Kingpin character (though the next episode does go and throw some doubt over what his primary motive is... so I'm not sure anymore. I guess I'll find out tonight).

Incidentally, not too sure just how strong JJ or Luke for that matter are, something I think is pretty interesting - they're superhuman for sure but they can be taken down - this episode shows how JJ could be stopped and in the next episode Luke Cage mentions being dragged out of somewhere by 8 security guards.
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8:47AM on 11/26/2015
Well in relation to Luke Cage. I don't believe he has super strength. He just has unbreakable skin. So essentially, punching him is like punching a brick wall and him punching you is like a metal bat hitting you. But 8 guys restraining him doesn't seem completely out of place.

Then again, I'm not entirely familiar with Luke or Jessica from the comics. So perhaps he has more powers than just unbreakable skin. And I'm not as far along as you in the show, so perhaps there is something
Well in relation to Luke Cage. I don't believe he has super strength. He just has unbreakable skin. So essentially, punching him is like punching a brick wall and him punching you is like a metal bat hitting you. But 8 guys restraining him doesn't seem completely out of place.

Then again, I'm not entirely familiar with Luke or Jessica from the comics. So perhaps he has more powers than just unbreakable skin. And I'm not as far along as you in the show, so perhaps there is something shown later on that pokes holes in the idea that 8 guys could take him down.
1:46PM on 11/26/2015
You are correct that the second half of the season will be Killgrave as a sniveling kid with ex-girlfriend issues (literally, they're going to go back to his childhood to explore it). I thought that was the weakest part of the series, although Tenant still turns in a great performance and has some truly terrifying moments.

Jessica is pretty strong, but holds back too often when fighting people. It's a little out of character for her comic book counterpart, but when we see her cut loose
You are correct that the second half of the season will be Killgrave as a sniveling kid with ex-girlfriend issues (literally, they're going to go back to his childhood to explore it). I thought that was the weakest part of the series, although Tenant still turns in a great performance and has some truly terrifying moments.

Jessica is pretty strong, but holds back too often when fighting people. It's a little out of character for her comic book counterpart, but when we see her cut loose it's obvious that she could have easily killed every one of those bodyguards if she had chosen to.

Luke definitely has super strength (maybe not quite as strong as Jessica). You'll see him punch through walls, throw people through walls, and knock people across rooms. But he can be taken down and they'll explore how before the end of the season.
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12:39AM on 11/26/2015

You're wrong about Taylor....

She's one of the best things about this show from end to end (and LOVE the few scenes we get of her being naughty. She is ridiculously hot!). It takes a while to really get at her character's full arc, but she is really believable as the one person who can get past Jessica's defenses.

I thought this one was a little slower (and not happy with Jessica being unable to take out a handful of guards), but it connects what came before nicely to what is coming up. I agree that every episode
She's one of the best things about this show from end to end (and LOVE the few scenes we get of her being naughty. She is ridiculously hot!). It takes a while to really get at her character's full arc, but she is really believable as the one person who can get past Jessica's defenses.

I thought this one was a little slower (and not happy with Jessica being unable to take out a handful of guards), but it connects what came before nicely to what is coming up. I agree that every episode deserves a 9 (and they will for at least 2 or 3 more).

BTW, what is more awesome than them putting her in a sandwich costume to save a child? They really like to poke fun at the fluff side of her life.
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5:41AM on 11/26/2015
On JJ being taken down, it bugged me at the time, but probably best to make her have some limitations (admittedly, I don't know how strong her comic book character is), They were trained assailants she was taking on who were clearly prepared for her, using those stunners...so I suppose it makes sense. Still, that didn't stop Cap America in the elevator, eh? What a scene that was :o)
On JJ being taken down, it bugged me at the time, but probably best to make her have some limitations (admittedly, I don't know how strong her comic book character is), They were trained assailants she was taking on who were clearly prepared for her, using those stunners...so I suppose it makes sense. Still, that didn't stop Cap America in the elevator, eh? What a scene that was :o)
8:51AM on 11/26/2015
She seemed pretty strong in the fight. One of the guards makes a comment about how the tasers have no effect on her, which leads them to all start using their tasers on her at the same time. Super strength or not, you can only standup to being electrocuted for so long. Keep in mind, she wasn't knocked out by a punch, she was electrocuted.

Riz-man, I don't think Marvel is going to make any of their TV characters stronger than Captain America - one of their flag ship characters. If Jessica
She seemed pretty strong in the fight. One of the guards makes a comment about how the tasers have no effect on her, which leads them to all start using their tasers on her at the same time. Super strength or not, you can only standup to being electrocuted for so long. Keep in mind, she wasn't knocked out by a punch, she was electrocuted.

Riz-man, I don't think Marvel is going to make any of their TV characters stronger than Captain America - one of their flag ship characters. If Jessica was stronger than cap, then the audience would constantly be questioning why (1) SHIELD is recruiting her, and (2) why anyone with that power would just hang out in Hell's Kitchen and try to accomplish nothing (pre-superhero time).
9:00AM on 11/26/2015
The Cap America reference was merely a big up to the man himself...and that so very entertaining scene :o)
The Cap America reference was merely a big up to the man himself...and that so very entertaining scene :o)
1:54PM on 11/26/2015
Mick, she's as strong or stronger than Cap. They clearly show that in the series. The big difference is that Cap has super reflexes and can take a hit better. I've seen the whole show, so my complaint is that she CLEARLY could have beaten those guys, but constantly chooses to use minimal power while fighting people. That's not her character from the comics. They made a conscious choice to take away some of the darker aspects of the character in this series, and at times I think it hurts
Mick, she's as strong or stronger than Cap. They clearly show that in the series. The big difference is that Cap has super reflexes and can take a hit better. I've seen the whole show, so my complaint is that she CLEARLY could have beaten those guys, but constantly chooses to use minimal power while fighting people. That's not her character from the comics. They made a conscious choice to take away some of the darker aspects of the character in this series, and at times I think it hurts the story.....especially when she was seconds away from beating Killgrave.

She's not doing anything more than her current job because she's emotionally scarred. She was going to be a hero (already was one in the comics) before Killgrave. That's the point of the show....that once people see how dangerous being a hero is, some shy away from it. As strong as she is, on bullet would end her. That's got to be frightening for anybody, but especially someone who was already at someone's mercy for months on end.

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