Tuesday, January 26, 2016

What I’m Watching: Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones: Season 1, Episode 10 “AKA 1,000 Cuts” (B+)

This show continues to astound week after week (or hour after hour the way most people watched it), and it shows no signs of letting up anytime soon. Running from Kilgrave is futile, since if he sees you or has told you to do something, there’s no getting out of it. Take Trish and Jessica’s clever solution to her need to put a bullet in her head, or Kilgrave’s father’s eagerness to cut out his heart while he was helping Trish concoct the vaccine to Kilgrave’s influence, which in itself is a fascinating way to look at who and what he is. Forcing Hogarth to bring him to someone who was medically skilled roped this show’s biggest punching bag, Wendy, into the mix, and ended up being fatal for her. Kilgrave telling Wendy to administer death by a thousand cuts to Hogarth was a brutal command, and she got pretty high before Pam arrived to smash her head in and kill her. Cutting Hogarth loose when she came to defend her was a formidable show of force on Pam’s part, and it’s not going to leave Hogarth in a good place. Poor Malcolm was just trying to get a weight off his chest, and instead his confession inspired crazy Robyn to incite all of Kilgrave’s victims to rush into Jessica’s apartment and unknowingly turn themselves into Kilgrave’s favorite type of insurance: innocent people ready to take their own lives should Jessica disobey him. Hope sacrificing herself was selfless, and now Jessica just has to find Kilgrave and figure out a way to end him once and for all. The most shocking violence in this episode came not from Kilgrave’s command but from whatever drug Will is now on, as he shot Detective Clemons after garnering important information from him and then nearly hurt Trish in his pursuit of Kilgrave’s head. That’s more than disconcerting, and I think that will end up being a more lasting threat once Kilgrave is finally neutralized for good.

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