Ain’t nobody got time to write a thousand words on each episode of these Netflix shows, when they’re all released together in huge 13-hour chunks.
So I’m trying a new format: just jotting down some quick observations and impressions from each episode, and then maybe doing a big whole-series wrap up post at the end.
This week, the middle four episode of Jessica Jones:
Episode 5 – 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.)
- Jessica contemplates her CV – “Would you put day drinking under experience or special skills?”
- She can also fly, Buzz Lightyear style (“It’s more like guided falling.”)
- Is that the MCU’s first eating-out scene (that we know of…)?
- “Get outta the road you stupid sandwich!” – Line of the episode!
- Heh, nice way to reference/mock the original Jewel costume from the comics, without anyone actually having to wear it – “The only place someone’s wearing that is trick or treating or as part of some kinky roleplaying scenario.”
- Jessica really, really looks like the redneck character from Orange Is The New Black when she puts up her hoodie.
- So they’re trying to trap David Tennant in a soundproof room so he can’t mind-control his way out. Could this lead to a Killgrave as Hannibal Lecter situation next episode?
- He got that guy hooked on heroin just so he’d blend in more and be a better spy? What an asshole.
- Jaysus, that prison beating looked brutal.
- And now he wants daily selfies from her? What a creep…
Episode 6 – 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.)
- Hmm, I guess mind-control powers would make winning poker a lot easier…
- “I prefer your brain on drugs.”
- “Bitch best be careful messin’ with my digits. I got ladies to satisfy!”
- So the scene where Hope tells Jessica she’s pregnant is the darkest thing that’s ever been shown in a Marvel story so far, by a long, long margin, right? Jaysus.
- Aw, she’s still sending him pictures?
- Ok, just being able to mind-control everyone around you to shut up when you need some quiet time would be pretty handy too…
- Ooh, now Luke knows about Killgrave…
- “You don’t have to face him alone…” “Yeah I do. “Good for you.”- Hurray for Luke respecting her and not trying to jump in on her thing like a knight protecting a damsel in distress.
- “It’s not for you to decide who knows my history.”
- “Sweet Christmas!” – Aaay, he said it again!
- Heh, he really turned the tables on those guys! (by hitting them with a table)
- Ooops, he’s gonna kill that bus driver… I hope we’re not slipping into the whole “Angry, strong, thuggish black man” stereotype with Luke’s character here.
- Oh, Tennant bought her house.
- In the comics his full name is Zebadiah (!) Killgrave. I wonder if he had to sign that on the deed to the house…
Episode 7 – Top Shelf Perverts
(Malcom, Simpson and Trish go rogue to prevent Jessica from carrying out an extreme plan to outwit Kilgrave.)
- Ohhhh…Wendy is the same actress who played Calamity Jane in Deadwood. Mystery solved, that’s been bothering me all week!
- Aw, poor old creepy twin guy.
- In Ireland, Supermax is a cheap fast food restaurant. In America, Supermax is a type of prison. There are some funny lines in this episode for an Irish person.
- Such as: “Supermax is a hightech mousetrap.” – Yeah, you’ve to go up two flights of stairs to get to the bathrooms…
- “What do I have to do to get locked up in Supermax by sundown?” – Lower your standards, I guess.
- And my personal favourite: “I am sick, I’m dangerous, and I belong in Supermax.” – If the company is looking for a new slogan, I think we might have one here…
- Do Trish and Cop-Guy just stay in her apartment and have sex all day? Dats cool, dats cool.
- “He’s been drawing their initials with a big heart around them on his etch-a-sketch. Something’s going on.”
- Wait, the twins names are Rubin and Robin? Huh.
- Going to see her adopted mother: “Taking you in was the worst decision of my life.” “Thanks mom.”
- “Or until I find you bludgeoned to death with my vacuum cleaner?” “…We both know you don’t own a vacuum cleaner.”
- Ahh, decapitated head!
- “I have absolutely no intention of controlling you. I want you to act of your own accord.”
- “The next person who’s phone rings has to eat it!”
- “You’re the first thing, excuse me, person I ever wanted that walked away from me.”
- “Tell him I’m sorry about the zoo, we can go this weekend.” – Awww…
Episode 8 – WWJD?
(Jessica experiences a strange homecoming courtesy of Kilgrave. Hogarth’s conflict with her estranged wife reaches a tipping point.)
- So far these Netflix Marvel shows have had some class theme songs.
- “I suppose that went as well as can be expected.” – Heh, I like that Kilgrave can deadpan a little.
- Her present is a purple dress – get it, cos in the comics his name’s the Purple Man? Also, why’s his name the Purple Man?
- “How do people live like this? Day after day just hoping people are going to do what you want, it’s unbearable.”
- “I’ll be having a liquid dinner.”
- “I’m sorry.” “Well, I’m going to have to ask for that in cash.”
- “I was mad at you for literally throwing me under the bus.” – Heh.
- “It makes me feel important.” – Okay forcing the nosy gossipy neighbour to be brutally honest with herself was a liiiiitlle bit satisfying.
- Exposition video of how Kilgrave got his powers. His name is a We Need to Talk About Kevin reference, right? Or a Home Alone reference?
- “All this shit that you do is because nobody ever taught you how to be good?!” – Not sure I buy this whole “Killgrave can be redeemed into a cool antihero” thing they’re going for here…
- “If I’m not back within two hours, please remove the skin from each others faces.” – Okay, nevermind, he’s still a creep.
- So Jessica accidentally killed her family by acting like a bitchy teenage girl? Hard to blame her too much for that.
- “Trippy psycho-drama bullshit and nightmare Barbie’s dream house bullshit.” – Well, that sums up this episode up nicely.
- “Bitches right?”
- “This is what Jessica would do.”
About the author: A lifelong TV addict since his first episode of Sesame Street, Cian Sheppard works as an English teacher in Poland and thinks you look very nice today.