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Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 6 Review: “AKA You’re A Winner”

Tensions are ever mounting as we reach the sixth installment of Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Sometimes, it’s hard to remember that "Marvel’s" belongs in front of this show’s title, as this is radically different from any other Marvel series (or film). It’s closest cousin is Daredevil, and even that has distinct differences in the way the story is told. Other than occasional off-hand references to The Avengers and the Battle of New York, Jessica Jones feels like its own entity, and that is a great thing. "AKA You’re a Winner" demonstrates Jessica Jones as a mystery, and a character-focused drama, all built inside a world with super-powered characters. It just happens to star two or three of them. READ MORE...

Jessica Jones Has Given Us Marvel's Greatest Live-Action Villain by Far

Marvels live-action adaptations have a fantastic track record. Great action, a willingness to taken even some truly bizarre comic book heroes and turn them into relatable figures, and so on. But theres one area they usually falter in: their villains. That is, until they completely nailed it with Jessica Jones .   Read More...     //feeds.gawker.com/~r/io9/full/~3/qjmEvoxu6P8/jessica-jones-has-given-us-marvels-greatest-live-action-1745304119

'Marvel's Jessica Jones' Season 1

★ ★ ★ ★ ½ This, ladies and gentlemen, may be the greatest Marvel creation yet. Daredevil ’s arrival opened up a whole world of possibilities for Marvel to explore that feature darker, more mature storylines and a realistic approach that contrasts the family friendly movies and ABC shows. That being said, as soon as Daredevil began incorporating the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and ninjas), the framework and realism drifted away. The same can’t be said for Jessica Jones , which expertly creates a world in which having superpowers — and living on a planet that was just attacked by aliens — doesn’t feel too farfetched. While the Marvel movies are populated with male superheroes (much to the dismay of many fans), heroes like Peggy Carter, Mockingbird, Quake, and now Jessica Jones have all found solace on shows that give them far more time to grow as people — and more time for writers to develop them. The same can’t be said for Black Widow and Scarlet Witch, to whom fans say the movies haven't devoted enough time. Both Agent Carter and Jessica Jones share a feminist tone that’s not explicitly stated (unlike Supergirl , which tries to remind you every few minutes), but more situational — something important to series just coming into their own. Krysten Ritter (known for her roles in Breaking Bad and Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 ) does a fantastic job portraying Jessica Jones. One might even say it's the pinnacle of Ritter's career so far. No stranger to portraying damaged, alluring, and powerful women, she balances Jessica’s tough demeanor — a result of the trauma Kilgrave caused her — without compromising Jessica’s desire to help others and do the right thing. The sheer fact that Jessica’s character had to go through the things she did, going as far as killing Luke’s wife, are all great background for a character who could be haunted by Kilgrave for years to come. On the flip side, Agent Carter was haunted by Captain America’s supposed death (Captain America, coincidentally, was involved with Jessica Jones' first case in the comics), but it was hinted that she was able to move on. The same can’t be said for Jessica, whose PTSD will be a motif throughout her run. Agent Carter (originally intended for a limited run) surpassed expectations by giving viewers a compelling series teaming with clever writing that accentuated its already charismatic cast. The same goes for Jessica Jones (despite being aimed at more mature audiences) thanks to its neo-noir story and look, investigative sequences, and very likable cast. Jessica Jones doesn’t shy away from Marvel’s darkest corners, shedding light on material teaming with interesting twists and turns. Kilgrave is a fine example of that. Mind control and hypnosis aren’t uncommon in the Marvel universe, but Jessica Jones was the first to turn its usage into something disturbingly realistic. From the strategic handling of his powers to completing momentary whims, Kilgrave didn’t have an endgame in mind: no pursuit of world domination, no Hydra affiliation, nor any thoughts on defeating the Avengers. Instead, Kilgrave is a rapist: a type of criminal that hits far closer to home than any Marvel villain so far. The supporting cast in Jessica Jones are all very strong characters who help show each and every side of Jessica’s personality. Carrie-Anne Moss expertly plays Jeri Hogarth; Eka Darville, who plays Jessica’s drug addicted neighbor Malcolm, is a sympathetic character whose relationship with Kilgrave makes him a good recovering addict/Kilgrave victim; Wil Traval, most likely a Captain America villain named Nuke, does a good job of contrasting Will Simpson’s instability with his likability when stable. Mike Colter, who plays Luke Cage, has (and should have) chemistry with Krysten Ritter. Both actors play off of each other to portray two very different ways of being damaged. Jessica Jones doesn’t waste time revealing Luke Cage’s powers and building up his famous relationship with Jessica. Their relationship grows even more complicated when we learn that Kilgrave forced Jessica to kill Luke’s wife — a secret that was interesting to see come into play and strain their inevitable love for one another. Thankfully, Mike Colter is capable of bringing life to a character whose series is next to come out. Erin Moriarty does a fantastic job playing Hope, showing every ounce of pain Kilgrave caused her in probably the worst use of his powers. Moriarty has an incredible range and shows a great understanding of her emotions as Hope struggles with the loss of her parents and, eventually, comes to terms with her own death. It’s even more interesting to see her scenes with Jessica given how fraught their relationship is despite all of the support Jessica gives her. It really makes you want to know what Jessica was like after she escaped from Kilgrave, and how she treated Trish. Trish (who'll eventually become Hellcat) is the polar opposite of Jessica, but is the perfect best friend to contrast Jessica’s darker personality. Trish is actually emotionally and physically weaker than Jessica, but that doesn’t stop her from doing what’s right. In fact, some of her best scenes deal with the aftermath of Kilgrave’s attacks on her — specifically, the time she tells her to put a bullet in her head. It makes you see just how strong Jessica is to have handled herself as well as she did. Her relationship with her mother, on the other hand, is a very odd addition to the show and a far lighter one at that. The juxtaposition isn't at Robyn levels, but her mother still manages to feel a little out of place within the overall tone of the show. There aren’t many flaws in this season, but the few that do exist are noticeable, like Robyn, or Hogarth’s divorce drama. While Robyn is an entertaining character on the side, as soon as her presence is increased, it becomes clear that her cartoonish weirdness throws off the show’s excellent pacing. The Hogarth drama has the same effect when it becomes clear that it could have been handled in fewer scenes. Those minuscule faults aside, Jessica Jones adds a sophisticated sense of maturity to the Marvel Cinematic Universe by bringing up some very touching, often disturbing, subjects. It’s commendable for Marvel to venture into this territory and demonstrates just how successful a superhero television series can actually be and that it doesn’t just have to be "fun" and "family-friendly". Following up Daredevil , Jessica Jones is a standalone series that outdoes its predecessor by creating a unique world where having super powers feels super normal. div.post p { text-align: justify; }

Jessica Jones Recap: Parental Control

  The episode begins with Kilgrave locked in a hermetically sealed room, where he's effectively neutered. There's four more episodes to go after this one, so in terms of storytelling logic, there's no real chance he's imprisoned for good. But that knowledge doesn't make "AKA Sin Bin" any less enjoyable or suspenseful. Kilgrave's captivity actually heightens the tension. When will he escape? And whose lives will he destroy when he does?   Read More... //www.vulture.com/2015/11/marvels-jessica-jones-recap-season-1-episode-9.html

Jessica Jones Recap: Hero To Zero

  Until "AKA WWJD," Jessica was stuck in a cat-and-mouse game with Kilgrave. Even when she located him, he would slip away after a short encounter. Aside from a few flashbacks and Kilgrave's sick declaration of love at the police station, the characters haven't even shared much screen time. This episode finally brings them together, and their clash does not disappoint.   Picking up from the end of the last installment , Jessica enters her childhood home to discover that Kilgrave has painstakingly recreated it as it was when she lived there, right down to the family photos and her CD collection. Before she tours Casa Jones, though, Kilgrave wants his new security guard, Hank, to search her. Hank finds Jessica's phone and Kilgrave quickly confiscates it. She admits she planned to record his confession to the murder of Hope's parents. He promises not to touch her without her "genuine consent." To further prove he's a changed man, he even tells Jessica he's paying his staff, including Hank, a chef, and a housekeeper.   Read More... //www.vulture.com/2015/11/marvels-jessica-jones-recap-season-1-episode-8.html

Jessica Jones: Jessica Jones Episode 7: Fear and Self-Loathing

Jones spends way too much of Episode 7 putting herself down, often in the least productive ways imaginable.   Read More... //rss.nytimes.com/c/34625/f/640388/s/4be00378/sc/28/l/0L0Snytimes0N0C20A150C110C290Carts0Ctelevision0Cjessica0Ejones0Eepisode0E70Ereview0Bhtml0Dpartner0Frss0Gemc0Frss/story01.htm

Jessica Jones Recap: Head Games

  In "AKA Top Shelf Perverts," there's a poignant moment when Jessica goes looking for Luke at his bar. She learns Luke has left town, and the old man who's tending bar in his place gives Jessica an unsolicited-but-wise piece of advice: "You know what happens when you burn a bridge? You have to learn to swim. Or fly." Jessica can't fly, but as we learn this episode, she definitely knows how to swim.  Read More... //www.vulture.com/2015/11/marvels-jessica-jones-recap-season-1-episode-7.html

Jessica JonesWas An Awesome Origin Story For One Of Marvel's Oldest Heroes

In Jessica Jones , Marvel and Netflix have given us a remarkably well done adaptation of one of their most complex and adult characters. But at the same time, it pulled double duty in doing an equally fantastic job in bringing one of Marvels oldest characters to life: Patsy Hellcat Walker.   Read More...     //feeds.gawker.com/~r/io9/full/~3/T0_-1OeFf-c/jessica-jones-was-an-awesome-origin-story-for-one-of-ma-1744821800


The Jessica Jones finale had a couple of odd notes to it, but overall, ended the show’s first season in an appropriately intense and emotionally satisfying manner. Having Rosario Dawson appear as Claire Temple was one of those things that was cool, to be sure, but then felt strange as she got so much screen time. If it had been a bit earlier in the season, it would have worked better I think, but here it ended up being somewhat distracting how much time we spent with Claire (who, if you haven’t watched Daredevil, would mean nothing to you) and got teases of her calling her "friend" that were fun, but still extraneous. This is the season finale and it just didn’t seem the right time to delve this deep into more than a cameo crossover when Jessica and this particular show had so much to deal with. READ MORE...


I was a bit surprised at how subdued the penultimate Jessica Jones felt for a good portion of the running time, which is why the surprise of Luke being under Kilgrave’s thrall the whole time worked so well as an "Ah ha!" and freaky moment. It was good to establish early on that Jessica herself would worry about Luke having additional commands given to him by Kilgrave, as it both showed Jessica being smart and also managed to somewhat defuse the concern of that actually happening – after all, if Jessica brought it up as a possibility, it probably wasn’t the case, right? READ MORE...