When it comes to Kilgrave, Jessica is almost always right.
This was the second attempt to capture Kilgrave and get him to confess to compelling Hope to kill her parents. They were so close too, until of course, everything went to shit. I also wasn't quite sure whether Kilgrave could be reasoned with or convinced to do something remotely close to the right thing. Using his parents seemed like a good idea, but I knew as soon as they went into the hermetically sealed room that something bad was going to happen. I just didn't realize it was going to go that wrong.
Was it Simpson's fault for not building a better system? Was it Jessica's for not letting go of the possibility of helping Hope? Was it Hogarth? Trish? No, it was all Kilgrave and his horrible parents. While I can understand why they ran from him, since he was basically a version of the kid sending people to the cornfield, it was also one of the worst things a parent could do.
Watching that video of them performing experiments on him, I was convinced they were monsters. Then for a moment after Jessica found them, I was convinced they were mostly innocent of those crimes. After the events of this episode, I'm not sure. They had obviously convinced themselves that they did nothing wrong, enough that Jessica bought into their delusion. In the end, though, it wasn't why they did what they did, but how they did it. Kevin might have been a horrible human being no matter what, but the way his parents treated him brought out the monster.
The actual action in the episode was incredibly intense. It was all a test of wills between Kilgrave and Jessica: who was stronger, who could push the other over the line. Turns out that, even without his powers, Kilgrave was always in control. Jessica lives very close to the surface, emotionally speaking; she is severely damaged and furious. Even when her rational mind was telling her to hold back, she nearly killed him. Add into the mix Trish and Jeri, who come with totally unrelated baggage, and things got really weird. Jeri nearly let Kilgrave go, and Trish almost lost her life because she brought that gun. It was all very human.
Kilgrave managed to escape, but only after being stabbed and shot in the same shoulder (in real life he would be in a hospital for months recovering). There is a very interesting dynamic going on between casting and character. David Tennant very likable, to the point where I occasionally forget that he is the monster in this story. He is so clearly evil, unrepentant evil, but he plays with the idea of being innocent and good. Like a fun mask to put on at a party, he knows how to pretend to be a good guy. He just isn't that person. So when he wears that mask, it is easy to forget who he is.
The biggest take away, though, was the reveal that Kilgrave can no longer control Jessica. It has something to do with her killing Reva, but it is clear that she is somehow immune. From his expression though, I'm not sure if he knew until that moment. That could be why he was playing that game with her, saying that he wouldn't control her. Or maybe he was genuine, but now that they both know, she represents a very real threat to him for the first time. I wonder how he will handle that?
I had no idea what they were doing with Simpson, so I looked. If you are interested, here is a link to his wiki page, but it is spoilerific. All I can say is that drug regimes are never a good thing, especially in a comic book universe.
Is anyone else getting a little frustrated with the Wendy plot? It feels a bit like the situation is forcing Hogarth into making a deal with Kilgrave.
I tend to like fast food (unfortunately), but that burger Jessica brought Kilgrave looked awful. It had to taste pretty bad too, after sitting on that cold damp bench for hours.
Malcolm is recovering pretty well, and it seems like he is starting to become the good person Jessica hoped he would become. I'd call that a tentative win against Kilgrave.
Jessica: "Don't look at him, don't talk to him, and don't listen to him."
Hogarth: "Or he'll mind control me."
Jessica: "No, because he's an asshole."
Hogarth: "What if he kills you?"
Jessica: "Well, then we'll have proof, won't we?"
4 out of 4 Cold burgers.
J.D. Balthazar is a confirmed nerd who loves most things sci-fi or fantasy-related.