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TV Review: Marvel's Jessica Jones - Season 1 Episode 4 "AKA 99 Friends"

11.24.2015

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EPISODE 4: "AKA 99 Friends"

SYNOPSIS: A new case demands attention as Jessica tries to find out who’s spying on her for Kilgrave. Trish’s radio show yields unexpected consequences.

BREAKDOWN: In the last episode, Jessica came face to face with her tormentor, Kilgrave, after officer Will Simpson was sent to kill Patsy Walker. Jessica was not able to catch Kilgrave, but she was able to save the cop from killing himself after completing his task for the villain. Now, Will Simpson is back to try and make amends for the awful act he commited. But, that is only a side plot as Jessica is now on the hunt for whoever has been spying on her and taking photographs on behalf of The Purple Man. Still, she needs to help fix Patsy's situation as well as deal with a pair of new cases.

Similar to how things worked on Daredevil, the cases that come across Jessica's desk are integral to the season-long plot and not just filler material to help pad the thirteen episodes for this series run. First up, Jessica takes a case from Audrey Eastman, referred by a divorce attorney at Jeri Hogarth's firm. Eastman claims her husband is cheating and wants photographs to use in court. Jessica is obviously hesitant because of what happened with the Schlottmans so she follows Eastman to a warehouse where she sees her shooting at mannequins, presumably practice to kill her cheating husband. But, Jessica is confident that she is not under Kilgrave's infuence.

But, before she can do anything, Trish calls Jessica because Will Simpson is back and trying to break down her apartment door. Trish thinks he is back to kill her but Jessica knows Kilgrave's spell is broken. Simpson is truly sorry for what he did and wants to make amends. Jessica enlists him to gather NYPD security footage so she can try and track down who is watching her. Simpson has a bit of a temper and accosts Jessica's drug addict neighbor, Malcolm. Simpson is based on the Marvel Comics character Nuke, an enemy of Daredevil, who has an American flag tattooed on his face. This version is a bit more subtle and it remains to be seen if he will be friend or foe. Jessica does convince Trish to make an on-air apology to Kilgrave which brings the whackos out of the woodwork but also affords some bonding time between Simpson and Trish. At her apartment, the two chat through her door after Will gives Trish a handgun to protect herself. I am not sure if there is a budding romance here but the two definitely hit it off.

Jessica interviews the people claiming to have been influenced by Kilgrave and weeds out everyone from a stoner thief to a pregnant teen. The remaining people are put into a support group so they can try and cope with the violation that Kilgrave caused them. One woman was forced to play her cello until her fingers bled and another woman had to smile for hours. Another man even had to give his expensive coat to KIlgrave when he asked. Jessica refuses to attend the group and instead tracks Eastman's husband. She follows him to his home and Jessica is able to show off her jumping ability and strength. But, when she is called by Audrey, she realizes she is in the room with her husband. She pulls her gun on Jessica and reveals that it was all a plan to try and kill her for having powers. Audrey's mother was killed during the Battle of New York and she blames all of the gifted superheroes. She shoots Jessica, who does bleed, but Jessica loses her temper. Jessica says her parents died when she was young but she doesn't blame others. She says the Battle of New York was not her fault and threatens the Eastmans. She says there are 99 gifted people just in Hell's Kitchen and she will send them after them if they don't leave town.

Jessica pores over the footage and is confronted by Jeri on the phone after she had lost her temper at the firm when Jeri suggested Kilgrave could have used his powers for good. Jessica feels guilty for losing it with Jeri as well as relating to how Luke Cage must have felt when she surveiled him. She attends the support group and listens to one man talk about how Kilgrave made him abandon his child on the side of the road just to drive him around. Jessica asks if Kilgrave ever picked up photos and the man says he did, from someone in a blue scarf. Jessica returns home and realizes that it was none other than Malcolm, her neighbor. She breaks into his apartment and finds more photos, realizing that the poor guy was the spy the entire time.

The only "appearance" from Kilgrave this episode comes in the form of an eight year old girl who stops Jessica on the street and taunts her and Trish. Jessica tries to get more details from the fouth-mouthed child but her mother arrives and takes her away. Overall, this was another great episode that managed to build more backstory and showcase Jessica's day to day work as a private investigator while also building Will Simpson as a supporting character. I saw the reveal that Malcolm was the spy a mile away, but that didn't make the impact on Jessica any less gut-wrenching. I am still not sure why Jeri Hogarth's marriage is vital to the story, but I trust there is a reason for it to keep coming up. Definitely another solid outing for all involved. I am tempted to start cataloging all of Jessica's great one-liners and zingers.

MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE REFERENCES: The Battle of New York is referenced along with "The Big Green Guy" and "The Flag Waver".

Final Verdict:

NEXT ON JESSICA JONES: Episode 5 "AKA The Sandwich Saved Me" - Despite Jessica’s objections, Trish’s new friend Simpson gets involved in the hunt for Kilgrave. Jessica recalls a pivotal moment in her life.

Source: JoBlo.com

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8:12AM on 11/25/2015

Too much sex

I don't think that they needed to show the sex scenes. There are other ways that they could have gotten their point across that they slept together. Not a big fan of the cinematography either. I'll finish watching the series but I like Daredevil better.
I don't think that they needed to show the sex scenes. There are other ways that they could have gotten their point across that they slept together. Not a big fan of the cinematography either. I'll finish watching the series but I like Daredevil better.
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9:46AM on 11/25/2015
Agree on sex scenes - the fifth episode has a scene too. Des1 mentioned that this fades away in later episodes but by then, it'll be pointless for my kid to start watching it. I'm not too sure why the felt they had to do this when they didn't need to do it for DD. The closest they got to it was the aftermath of Foggy and his friend having got down to it. I only point this out because it makes me wonder what they'll do with the Cage series...and then the eventual Defenders series.
Agree on sex scenes - the fifth episode has a scene too. Des1 mentioned that this fades away in later episodes but by then, it'll be pointless for my kid to start watching it. I'm not too sure why the felt they had to do this when they didn't need to do it for DD. The closest they got to it was the aftermath of Foggy and his friend having got down to it. I only point this out because it makes me wonder what they'll do with the Cage series...and then the eventual Defenders series.
10:03PM on 11/25/2015
never understood this, you're ok with a guys head being smashed 30 times by a car door to the point of decapitation and a massive deluge of blood pouring out and dripping, but you're not ok with some sex scene.
never understood this, you're ok with a guys head being smashed 30 times by a car door to the point of decapitation and a massive deluge of blood pouring out and dripping, but you're not ok with some sex scene.
3:45AM on 11/26/2015
The Con Man, as far as I'm concerned...yeh, pretty much. For some reason I'm okay with my son seeing that level of violence on screen but not sex scenes.
The Con Man, as far as I'm concerned...yeh, pretty much. For some reason I'm okay with my son seeing that level of violence on screen but not sex scenes.
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5:38AM on 11/25/2015
Having seen 5 episodes thus far, got to say I do like Simpson's character and not knowing anything from the world of JJ (other than her link to Cage), I didn't know about his comic book origins and so didn't expect to see him come back after episode 3. 5 episodes in...and I'm still happy and love what Marvel have done. The kid scene was pretty creepy as was the scene with the guy telling the group what Killgrave made him to do his son...and there's another small scene in 5...showing
Having seen 5 episodes thus far, got to say I do like Simpson's character and not knowing anything from the world of JJ (other than her link to Cage), I didn't know about his comic book origins and so didn't expect to see him come back after episode 3. 5 episodes in...and I'm still happy and love what Marvel have done. The kid scene was pretty creepy as was the scene with the guy telling the group what Killgrave made him to do his son...and there's another small scene in 5...showing Killgrave's general meanness involving a coffee cup. Throw in making Hope kill her parents, instructing Simpson to exit the building via the roof...and that police station scene from the trailer (waiting eagerly for the moment), Killgrave comes across as more of a villain than Kingpin...who most of the time I couldn't help but feel sorry for.

Oh and I do love the fact that Marvel yet again point out that not everyone has been swept up in joy at the arrival of 'super-powered heroes'...even if played out in the comical manner that it was.
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12:25AM on 11/25/2015

I loved this episode.....

Even though it was mild on the violence, there was some great tension built, I liked Simpson as the guilt-ridden officer, I enjoy any time they give more screen time to Rachel Taylor, and I thought the confrontation between Jessica and the nutters was brilliant. She tried to bluff them, it didn't work, then she got positively Killgravian with her threat. It finally showed the depth of how chilling she can be when she's pushed far enough. There should have been more of it in the series, but
Even though it was mild on the violence, there was some great tension built, I liked Simpson as the guilt-ridden officer, I enjoy any time they give more screen time to Rachel Taylor, and I thought the confrontation between Jessica and the nutters was brilliant. She tried to bluff them, it didn't work, then she got positively Killgravian with her threat. It finally showed the depth of how chilling she can be when she's pushed far enough. There should have been more of it in the series, but this moment made me love her character as someone who really was on the edge and trying hard not to drift to the dark side (but someone who definitely had it in her).

BTW, I don't think it's too spoilery to say that I thought that Jeri's divorce was a vehicle (a really forced one) to allow for a couple of specific side-plots down the road, and an attempt to seem hip by including a lesbian marriage & quasi-steamy affair. If Jeri had been a guy having a divorce (and affair), the entire plot would have been completely pointless, so my guess is this was just a token to generate some cheap buzz.
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