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TV Review: Marvel's Jessica Jones - Season 1 Ep 11 "AKA I've Got The Blues"

12.04.2015

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EPISODE 11: "AKA I've Got The Blues"

SYNOPSIS: A discovery has the potential to change the entire game — if Jessica can refuse Kilgrave’s offer.

BREAKDOWN: I should really learn to keep my big mouth shut. After finishing my review for the tenth episode of Jessica Jones, I taunted fate by saying the series had not dropped the ball yet. Then I watched this hour of the show which is by far the weakest entry in the season to date. With two episodes left in the initial run of the series, there are a lot of plot threads dangling that need to be addressed but instead we are given an almost entirely Kilgrave free episode for the first time since the pilot. While that is not necessarily a bad thing, this episode is the first to feel somewhat like a filler hour. Still delivering major developments and back story, it still manages to tread water until the final act of the series.

Left cradling the lifeless body of Hope Schlottman, Jessica cannot go after Kilgrave despite her promise to kill the villain once and for all. Instead, she helps clean up the mess left at the restaurant and tells the other survivors, inluding bitchy neighbor Robyn, to tell the police what happened was a suicide and had nothing to do with Kilgrave. Everyone abides but Malcolm is left tormented by this latest incident. Jessica then heads around town to local morgues hoping to stumble across the body of Kilgrave's father. Trish tries to convince Jessica to get some sleep but she refuses. As she stumbles around town, she thinks she sees Kilgrave and gets hit by a food truck. Injured, she stumbles to Trish's apartment where she gets a message about another body at a morgue.

Jessica discovers that the body is Detective Clemons and she realizes it was Simpson who killed him. Simpson arrives at Trish's radio show and tells her he stopped taking the pills from Dr. Kozlov because he doesn't want to hurt her. Trish doesn't quite buy it as Simpson keeps asking about Jessica. He arrives at her apartment later and the two are soon met by a pair of soldiers from Kozlov's program. They try to force Simpson to come back and he takes two red pills, instantly turning his crazy strength back on and he kills the two men and locks up Trish. This leads to an intense fight at Jessica's office where Simpson's strength is shown to be on par with Jessica's. They fight and eventually Trish takes two of Simpson's pills, gaining strength despite his warnings she needs the blue pills to stay alive. They knock Simpson out but Trish soon stops breathing and Jessica has to get her to a hospital where she barely makes it.

Malcolm and Robyn have an intense conversation regarding their state in the entire Kilgrave situation. Robyn tells Malcolm he is basically delusional and needs to stop helping Jessica because it doesn't do him any good. Malcolm questions his actions when he returns home and finds Kozlov's men in her apartment as they collect Simpson's unconscious body. He is about to call and warn her, but instead takes Robyn's advice and just goes home. As Jessica waits in Trish's hospital room, she gets a text from Kilgrave about her "boyfriend" and she rushes to Luke Cage's bar. He makes eye contact and closes the window before the entire building explodes. Jessica then watches as Luke walks out, covered in fire, but unhurt, She extinguishes his clothes and the two look at each other, this latest action clearly bringing Luke into the hunt for Kilgrave.

Throughout the episode, we also get flashbacks to Jessica at the hospital after the accident that killed her family. Trish's mother, Dorothy, wants to take in Jessica to help her daughter's PR image. Jessica soon discovers she has super strength but is still not sure how she gained the power. Trish begs her not to try and save her from her abusive mother, but Jessica cannot help herself after she sees Dorothy trying to force Trish to vomit her dinner. Jessica throws Dorothy across the room and thus began the lifelong friendship between her and Trish. While these flashbacks help balance against the life or death situation the friends face in this hour, it doesn't really progress Jessica's origin all that much.

While this episode does build on the development of Malcolm as a supporting character, the half hour spent having Jessica morgue-hop felt like a waste of time. In essence, this episode almost felt like a backdoor pilot for Will Simpson to get his own series or at least a much larger role in the second season. But, does the Marvel Cinematic Universe really need yet another unsanctioned shadow group working to build super soldiers? I almost hoped that it was somehow connected to Steve Rogers or the Weapon X program, but no such luck so far. In all, this episode really could have been condensed to the first and last fifteen minutes and it would have accomplished the same thing. I just hope this doesn't impact the final two episodes. Fingers crossed.

MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE REFERENCES: Nothing overt this episode.

Final Verdict:

NEXT ON JESSICA JONES: Episode 12 "AKA Take A Bloody Number" - The hunt for Kilgrave reunites Jessica with Luke. Trish receives some unexpected information about Simpson and Jessica.

Source: JoBlo.com

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8:36PM on 12/04/2015

Ugh....this episode sucked

Not only was it boring, the idea that Simpson can take two pills and instantly be as strong as Jessica is idiotic. If it was an adrenaline stimulant, the first time he used his strength, all his bones would break. As it is they've made Jessica too fragile for her body to deal with her strength, but Simpson is just embarrassing. Not to mention they tried to rush his character arc so he just comes off as an idiot who is too stupid to figure out how to handle things instead of someone having a
Not only was it boring, the idea that Simpson can take two pills and instantly be as strong as Jessica is idiotic. If it was an adrenaline stimulant, the first time he used his strength, all his bones would break. As it is they've made Jessica too fragile for her body to deal with her strength, but Simpson is just embarrassing. Not to mention they tried to rush his character arc so he just comes off as an idiot who is too stupid to figure out how to handle things instead of someone having a mental breakdown over abusing dangerous drugs. That and the paramedic guessing how to counteract the undisclosed "super-serum" was silly.

I kind of enjoyed the interaction between young Jessica and Trish as it actually developed their characters and explained how they still cared after so much distance between them. I just despised the bad writing involving Hope, Simpson, and the idiot upstairs.
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10:50AM on 12/04/2015
This specific episode in itself was not bad. It's just that it's purpose came about too late in the season. It's important to keep in mind that this is meant as a TV show. While the title is Jessica Jones, it's also about her supporting characters as much as it is about her. The other characters on this show need to be developed throughout the series as well. So time spent developing Malcolm outside of the hunt for Kilgrave is more than welcome. He was an interesting character from the
This specific episode in itself was not bad. It's just that it's purpose came about too late in the season. It's important to keep in mind that this is meant as a TV show. While the title is Jessica Jones, it's also about her supporting characters as much as it is about her. The other characters on this show need to be developed throughout the series as well. So time spent developing Malcolm outside of the hunt for Kilgrave is more than welcome. He was an interesting character from the start and his arc has been great, I like the fact that they're taking time to expand him beyond just being Jessica's neighbour. And having seent the finale, it's important to show the importance of Trish's friendship to Jessica. But it's also important to develop Trish as well since she's figured into the story so prominently.

I do agree that making Will Simpson such a focus of this episode seemed like a cheat. It seemed like this episode was meant more to leave bread crumbs for future storylines in the next season or 2. If they had broken this story up over multiple episodes throughout the season it would have worked better rather than creating a "filler episode". That being said, I don't think it makes for a terrible season of TV. Keep in mind Daredevil did the same thing when Stick showed up and the episode served as a semi-introduction to The Hand which will presumably come up again in another season or 2.
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5:05AM on 12/04/2015
I've enjoyed these last few episodes, having watched three episodes in a day - always a sign I'm enjoying something... no doubt due to the increase in action content - that fight was fun to watch (I really do enjoy the officer Simpson character and do hope we get more of him next season). I did mention in the last review that I thought a trained fighter could take JJ down but this fight didn't really prove it given that she was severely injured and was suffering from sleep deprivation when she
I've enjoyed these last few episodes, having watched three episodes in a day - always a sign I'm enjoying something... no doubt due to the increase in action content - that fight was fun to watch (I really do enjoy the officer Simpson character and do hope we get more of him next season). I did mention in the last review that I thought a trained fighter could take JJ down but this fight didn't really prove it given that she was severely injured and was suffering from sleep deprivation when she took on Simpson. As he said, on any other day she'd have won. Still, they've been pretty inconsistent with her strength and it'd be nice for them to get that sorted out in future.
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5:04AM on 12/04/2015
I've been holding off comments on this until its over and your last episode review. Thats being said they do seem to be building simpson. Will in the Comics is named Frank Simpson. He became the villain known as Nuke. He used the 3 different color pills to do exactly what he's doing here, and when on them he performed close to Captain America peak human level. However later on he gets cybernetic enhancements, like metal bones and his skin is replaced with synthetic bulletproof skin. He then
I've been holding off comments on this until its over and your last episode review. Thats being said they do seem to be building simpson. Will in the Comics is named Frank Simpson. He became the villain known as Nuke. He used the 3 different color pills to do exactly what he's doing here, and when on them he performed close to Captain America peak human level. However later on he gets cybernetic enhancements, like metal bones and his skin is replaced with synthetic bulletproof skin. He then ends up being more than a match for Jessica and Luke and other heroes strength and durability wise. Not sure why they changed his name in this show as they clearly are building him up. But this episode highlighted one of the few flaws I saw in the series, it was a little too long and lat could have been trimmed to make it a better more evenly paced 10 episode run. She spends so much time on only 1 story 1 villain that it drags out. DD dealt with Fisk true, but had the russians, madam gao, and Fisk and Foggy/Karen had a good side story as well. So DD felt varied, JJ is single minded and due to that fact feels like it drags a little at times.
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10:54AM on 12/04/2015
I think they changed his name because it looks like Will Simpson might be showing up again in future episodes of Jessica Jones, or maybe Daredevil and other hero shows (Luke Cage or Iron Fist). So with the introduction of Frank Castle (Punisher) next season, they probably wanted to avoid any confusion. Remember, on TV you can't have two characters with the same first name....
I think they changed his name because it looks like Will Simpson might be showing up again in future episodes of Jessica Jones, or maybe Daredevil and other hero shows (Luke Cage or Iron Fist). So with the introduction of Frank Castle (Punisher) next season, they probably wanted to avoid any confusion. Remember, on TV you can't have two characters with the same first name....
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4:25AM on 12/04/2015
"This leads to an intense fight at Jessica's office where Simpson's strength is shown to be on par with Jessica's." His strength is not on par with Jessica's. If you recall she was hit by a truck (had a few ribs broken), had no rest and he still had trouble handling her.
"This leads to an intense fight at Jessica's office where Simpson's strength is shown to be on par with Jessica's." His strength is not on par with Jessica's. If you recall she was hit by a truck (had a few ribs broken), had no rest and he still had trouble handling her.
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4:18AM on 12/04/2015
Do you want a second season? Because this is how we get a second season. The mystery surrounding Simpson and the IGH is never resolved and it isn't meant to be just as the mystery surrounding Stick, Stone and the hand or Madame Gao is never resolved in Daredevil. Just think of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, etc. as one continuous series and realize that we have only seen one season's worth (26 episodes) and that we have, say, 65 more episodes to see before the big team up. And that doesn't
Do you want a second season? Because this is how we get a second season. The mystery surrounding Simpson and the IGH is never resolved and it isn't meant to be just as the mystery surrounding Stick, Stone and the hand or Madame Gao is never resolved in Daredevil. Just think of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, etc. as one continuous series and realize that we have only seen one season's worth (26 episodes) and that we have, say, 65 more episodes to see before the big team up. And that doesn't include possible spin offs with the Punisher, Hellcat or Elektra. We have a long, long way to go.
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