Jessica: "Everyone keeps saying that. It must be a conspiracy."
Paranoia is another theme that runs through these first several episodes. Not just the illusion of safety, or the lack of it, but the idea that even those closest to you are, in fact, secretly spying on you.
Poor Malcolm. I don't know what has happened to him to make him destroy himself, but there is most definitely more to his story then we've seen so far. Is Kilgrave using him? Or is this a job he has taken on to spite Jessica? I'm hoping it's the former, because at least then he has an excuse beyond being a junkie asshole.
Of course Kilgrave isn't the cause of everything. Take the case of the hour, for example. A woman who seemed almost too suspicious tasks Jessica with trailing her husband. Jessica being her usual paranoid self follows her and realizes that this woman is up to no good, setting up a shooting gallery in an abandoned bar. Except those bullets weren't meant for her husband, they were meant for Jessica.
I'm not sure where vengeance ends and justice begins in this story. But this is another case of the fallout from the attack on New York during the first Avengers movie. In Daredevil, Fisk's plan involved using the destruction of the city as a pathway to taking over the city. Here, there are more personal stories of devastation. Like Audrey, who lost her mother, and wanted to take it out on anyone gifted.
Jessica's reaction to the trap Audrey tried to set was pretty powerful. She basically destroyed the apartment around that couple, without actually hurting them. Audrey had shot Jessica, but Jessica didn't even seem to care all that much. That falls in line with what we've learned about Jessica so far, but it is a strange testament to how much she hates herself and who she has become. She is a hero, but has no concept of her own self-worth.
Simpson is turning into an interesting character. Right now I don't know what his motivations are. Is he really trying to make amends, or is he still under the influence of Kilgrave? Jessica seems to think he is just suffering, and now Trish has let him in, too. That conversation through the door was really well done. We got a real feel for each character, taking the time to have an intimate moment between the two.
Actually we have two characters now directly suffering from the aftermath of Kilgrave's influence. Trish has also changed. She's paranoid and afraid, as if she wasn't already paranoid before. But wow, she is clearly traumatized and terrified. The idea of letting Simpson in shows that she can separate his actions from the cause. That's a good thing, even if she will never be able to fully trust anyone, possibly even Jessica.
Jeri is a cold person, a villain in thought and opinion. Without having any foreknowledge of how the rest of the series will play out, I keep getting the feeling that she will turn out to be allied with Kilgrave. I have no real basis for that conjecture, except that she threw out the idea that the way Kilgrave uses his powers is a waste. I can almost imagine where a mind like hers would go with his kind of powers.
Jessica Hecht (Audrey) is probably best known for playing Susan Bunch on Friends.
The support group is an interesting way to show how much Kilgrave uses people.
A second Avenger has been referred to now: Captain America as the 'Flag Waver'.
That moment where the eight and a half year old girl showed up to let Jessica know he accepted Trish's apology was downright shuddery.
Jessica's powers have been pretty subtle up to this point, since she uses them basically as a means to an end. But her letting loose on that couple was a really well done scene.
Trish: "He isn't here now."
Jessica: "Yeah, well he's always in here."
Great delivery by Krysten Ritter on this one.
Another really good episode that further developed both the plot and the characters.
4 out of 4 victims of Kilgrave's mind control.
J.D. Balthazar is a confirmed nerd who loves most things sci-fi or fantasy-related.
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