by Laure Mack
I love a good flashback.
Jessica and Simpson's animosity towards each was so jarring. Why? Where did that come from? In the last episode he was almost begging to be on her team and even breaking the law in the off chance that he might be able to give her something that might help catch Kilgrave. Here he is trying to get Trish to spill Jess' secrets and even questioning if she can be trusted. When they get to the hermetically sealed room, Simpson is inside and they both start bashing each other. While it was pretty funny to watch, it didn't make a smidge of sense to me.
It was really nice to see Jess and Trish in the flashbacks. When things were easier and their relationship made more sense. Just two friends grabbing drinks and trying to avoid lewd assholes. Two friends sharing secrets. Okay, the secret was super strength but still. It came across completely effortless and it made me hope that they give Trish more to do than following her BFF around.
In the episode's most obvious parallel, Kilgrave has broken Malcolm physically in the same way that he has broken Jess mentally. Instead of PTSD, Malcolm has addiction and a reliance on Kilgrave for a steady supply of drugs. I don't think anyone (in the audience, at least) blames Jess for whatever unspeakable horrors Kilgrave had her commit or Hope for killing her parents or Simpson for attacking Trish. But do we make the same allowances for Malcolm? He openly stated that it wasn't always mind control that made him show up at 10 am everyday. How many opportunities did he have to leave town, find an NA meeting, or tell Jess the truth?? On the other hand, an addict is a lot of times powerless to their addictions. Addiction make parents neglect their children and people steal and lie to the ones they love most. So how much choice did he actually have? And how much does that absolve him for his actions? Finally, as kind as it was for Jessica to send that picture and give her abuser exactly what he wanted in exchange for Malcolm's freedom and as difficult as it must have been for him to trash the drugs he so desperately wanted, sobriety is a fleeting unicorn.
My heart broke when Trish realized she had been taken down so easily. I mean if someone even looked at me with a taser I'd probably fall to the ground screaming, but after training so hard to be able to take care of herself, then almost getting murdered in the last episode and getting taken out so quickly in this the fight, the girls ego is understandably bruised. Of course, it was just as heartbreaking for Jess, and to a much lesser degree Simpson, as they watched their own justice and Hope's only hope drive away.
David Tennant takes the simplest lines and makes them ooze creepiness. 'You like Chinese food' made me want to swear it off forever just out of protest, and I love Chinese. Excellent casting and acting.
Lovely flashbacks and pretty funny.
3 out of 4 selfies for psychotic stalkers
Bits and pieces
There is a type of sandwich called a hero.
Hope really did look like she had lost weight and why are the other inmates beating her at night?
Was Malcolm only the second person that Jess tried to save?
I rather enjoyed getting to see Jessica pre-Kilgrave. Same sarcasm, but no pain darting out from beneath the surface.
Trish's mother abused her and took Jessica in after her parents were killed. Trish and Jess are close to sisters, and I wondered for a moment where Trish thought Jess was when she was being led around by Kilgrave and that she was probably worried sick. But maybe not. Krav magaing and turning her apartment into a fortress and a regular job might have taken up too much of her time.
Jewel the superhero, and that jumpsuit and the camel toe comment all had me roaring with laughter.
The internet machine told me that Jewel is a Jessica Jones alias from the comics.
In the park, there was a little kid in a Captain America costume.
Kilgrave's powers don't seem to work over the phone.
There was room here for Jess to blame Malcolm for Kilgrave getting his hands on her. If she hadn't stopped to save his life the first time, then Kilgrave might have kept on walking and never known the name Jessica Jones. It's still possible that could happen, but I hope not. Also, I'll admit the fact that I even thought of this possibility is proof that I've one too many night watching Lifetime movies.
Jessica: "He's also the guy that was filled with remorse about killing you. Until he decided to turn it into a booty call."
Simpson: "So what, you think because you have these abilities, you're a hero? I've seen heroes. You're not even close."
Um, she saved him from doing murder and suicide all in one day.
Little girl: "The sandwich saved me. Thank you."
Trish: "This is it! This is the one."
Jessica: "Tell me you're kidding."
Trish: "Superheroes wear costumes."
Jessica: "The only place anyone was wearing that was trick-or-treating or as some kind of kinky role-playing scenario."
Trish: "This is just a mock up. Ultimately it's going to be a lightweight, highly durable fabric, waterproof, flame resistant and it will hide your identity."
Trish: "You can't keep saving people dressed as a giant hoagie."
Trish: "Jewel is a great superhero name."
Jessica: "It's a strippers name. A slutty stripper. And if I wear that thing you're going to have to call me Cameltoe."
Jessica: "If Kilgrave gets me-."
Simpson: "I'll take you out."
Jessica: "I was gonna say dart gun me, but sure, shoot me in the head."
Simpson: "Same here."