Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 11 “AKA I’ve Got The Blues” Review

AKA I’ve Got The Blues is a very aptly named episode after the mayhem that was brought to the world in AKA 1,000 Cuts.

AKA 1,000 Cuts had seen the dark side of all characters even leading to some characters going along a different path than you would expect. Jessica is struggling with the fact that she has the power to ignore Killgrave’s commands and wondering how long she had, had that ability and whether or not she could have saved others sooner. Along with Hope now giving Jessica the reason to kill Killgrave. The major factor was Hope keeping Killgrave alive to clear her, and when faced with an impossible decision whether to save Hope or save a group of people. Hope took the decision out of Jessica’s hands by killing herself in AKA 1,000 Cuts leaving it wide open for Jessica.

Trish and Jessica when they were younger in a Flashback

Having all this happen in the previous episode AKA I’ve Got The Blues, did slow down quite a bit, having Killgrave out of this episode and concentrate on other subplots in the season. Jessica was in a mad rush to try and locate Albert, as she wasn’t sure how Killgrave was going to use him or whether he was just going to kill him. Jeri, Pam and Wendy was also casualties in this episode as they didn’t feature and this kind of left the wonder on how everything has panned at there, especially as Jeri has become a staple of the season always having some sort of appearance in the show.

Jessica fighting Simpson

 

The biggest thing, however, to come from the episode as far as action was concerned was the fight between Simpson, Trish and Jessica as the Simpson character seem to become more and more conflicted. Which does resort in Trish taking some extreme actions to help an already wounded Jessica. The aftermath of the fight brought some interesting flashbacks and showed what a bound that Jessica and Trish have and why. Robyn has become quite an annoyance but now she becomes the devil on Malcolm’s shoulder trying to turn him against Jessica.

There was also quite a sinister turn at the end of the episode which reintroduced Luke Cage into the story which brings in something different for the search for Killgrave.

The Verdict

AKA I’ve Got The Blues was the calming episode, it held some great dialogue and was a much-needed change of pace. The focus on Killgrave had taken over the season in the last couple of episodes and although that is the focus of season there had been too many subplots that had not yet to be explored. Although the season as got quite serious they did manage to squeeze in some really good humour to this episode even in some of the darkest places. Is this calm before the storm?

Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 10 “AKA 1,000 Cuts” Review

AKA 1,000 Cuts is a fast paced quick discoveries and a constant battle between what characters should or shouldn’t do.

AKA Sin Bin so Killgrave escape from the custody that he had found him with Trish having to whether some of the blame for that as she shot the glass out that was protecting everyone that wasn’t in the cell with Killgrave. However, this wasn’t the real thing to focus on, because up until now the storyline between Jeri, Pam and Wendy has been something if not a little odd. It was a storyline that ok filled out the episodes but as a viewer other than seeing Jeri in less control than she seemed to be it didn’t seem to have a bearing on what was really happening. Until now because Jeri breaks Killgrave out in order to make sure that she can get her divorce papers signed. Which now for the story standpoint makes huge sense because up until this point no one else now has the motive to help Killgrave get out of his predicament.

Will Jessica accept Killgraves offer?

The big discovery however from AKA Sin Bin was that Jessica was immune to Killgrave’s powers and that his powers were actually a virus. This was huge because now people are getting a better understanding how they could potentially stop him for good. Jessica’s blood was the care although it did force Jeri to admit that she had taken the fetus from Hope and that she wasn’t able to get anything from it to try and get Killgrave’s powers.

There were some innocent casualties in this episode that has really changed the game and will be very interesting to see how it unfolds because the actions of some people could seriously change the outcome and what happens next is anyone’s guess. I noted change is, however, Simpson, as been seen throughout the season so far Simpson’s obsession with not just catching Killgrave but killing him could he have stepped too over the line in order to be still considered a good guy?

The Verdict

AKA 1,000 Cuts is an episode when it was feeling like there was light at the end of the tunnel as far as the season was concerned this episode has taken it into deeper and darker places. This episode just brought together the rough brutality that was needed while still adding the ever increasing depth to the characters involved.

Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 9 “AKA Sin Bin” Review

AKA Sin Bin has Killgrave locked up and has Jessica finally in the driving seat. The problem with this, however, becomes when they introduce Killgrave’s parents into the mix.

In AKA WWJD Killgrave started to open up and have a sort of childlike attitude to whether or not he could change his ways. As an audience, it gave them a chance to start to sympathise with him. Killgrave was developing as a character and it started to feel like there was a nicer side to him as Jessica worked with him. Killgrave’s parents were portrayed as evil as they did experiments on him when his parents are brought to him to help get evidence in order to convict him the truth starts to come out and it might actually be what has been told so far.

Everyone together now but is the plan going to work?

Jessica has the control yes but it’s getting the evidence together so they can free Hope and get the charges dropped that is the problem. Now that she has Killgrave where she wants him she can’t just leave him there or kill him because she wouldn’t have the evidence she needs. This, however, brings its own set of problems as she needs the help of others. Jeri is one and this could be a fatal mistake with the way her divorce proceedings is going as Jeri starts to see the potential that Killgrave has for her.

Will Jeri make a deal with Killgrave?

Will Simpson also seems to have a secret, because as he is bleeding to death he makes Trish gets him to a certain Doctor for treatment it becomes apparent he is able to access other drugs. There seems to be a strong link towards Captain America style but in tablet form what exactly they do is still unknown but they seem to be some sort of enhancers.

The Verdict

AKA Sin Bin is one of the best episodes yet in the season because it combines drama suspense, action and the unknown, Jessica makes an alarming discovery as well that could be a huge game changer for everyone.

Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 8 “AKA WWJD” Review

AKA WWJD finds Jessica stood outside a house that holds some secrets for Jessica. In AKA Top Shelf Perverts Killgrave confessed his love for Jessica and in weird and twist way of breaking her out of Police Custody along with doing it in such a way that he manipulated her into doing what he wanted.

Stood outside her family home, Jessica starts to have flashbacks and, it adds another dimension to the Trish and Dorothy angle. Why does Jessica feel so protective of Trish? and all becomes apparent in subtle hints that Dorothy might not have been the loving mother and caring person, that is first thought by the way she adopted Jessica. Not only that while this all going on and Jessica makes her way into the house Simpson is still doing surveillance of the house not realising that Jessica is kind of there under her own free will.

Killgrave, Jessica and the neighbour at breakfast

Jessica is struggling to come to terms with her past and in doing so still struggling with the fact that Killgrave could still be controlling her and the few interactions between her and Simpson she has to convince him that she isn’t under his control. This, however, is the first time Killgrave can be viewed in a new light. While Jessica is forced to open up about her past because of an interaction with a neighbour, Killgrave kind of does the same thing as Jessica tries to convince him that he has a choice and can use his powers for good.

With Jessica M.I.A., it has left Hogarth struggling to hold it all together as she is forced to deal with her device on her own. Along with the fact that she is now having to deal with the fact that Wendy is using Jessica’s attempted at threatening her as a weapon against Jerri.

The Verdict

AKA WWJD although less action in this episode than others, this episode really did open up the characters a bit more and it is the first time David Tennant show’s himself at his best. This episode gave the mix of emotions that you started to sympathise with Killgrave and started to see some good in him, but they kept the balance so even though you started to sympathise with him, he kept up the evil intentions just enough. He had almost a childlike impulsiveness at one point.

Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 7 “AKA Top Shelf Perverts” Review

“AKA Top Shelf Perverts” carries on from “AKA You’re a Winner” in the fact Jessica is now having a complete break down after admitting the truth to Luke about the past. However, that isn’t the worst thing that is going to happen to Jessica throughout this episode.

AKA Top Shelf Perverts starts off with Jessica being thrown out of a bar and leading some interesting dialogue with a homeless guy. This was a welcome change to the previous few episodes that have just got darker and darker, as the story moves on. The relationship between Killgrave and Jessica in a weird place after it is revealed that Killgrave has purchased Jessica’s childhood home. The segment was a welcome change because although Jessica had seemingly reached rock bottom they added a little bit of humour to the mix.

Malcom trying to stop Jessica from going through with her plan

Luke needing time and Jessica still having the meltdown because of the fact she had told the Luke the truth. Means that older characters come back into the story, for example, Trish and Will Simpson and the neighbours from up the hall. The contact that Ruben has with Killgrave since Jessica into a point of no return, and she hatches a plan that is deemed crazy and reckless by her friends and others involved with the situation.

This plan means that Jessica needs to tie up some loose ends because it would seem that she is planning on going away for quite some time. if all fails. This actually opens the door to another new character Dorothy Walker, this little interaction as Jessica threatens her opens up some new light, on the whole, family dynamic. As Dorothy had adopted Jessica and it would seem that Dorothy was handy with punishments and rough with the way that she handled Trish as a child, that said it was implied and wasn’t stated.

Trish trying to reason with Jessica after plan has been put into motion

The Verdict

“AKA Top Shelf Perverts” was well placed. The episode had the right balance of continuing with the storyline between all the characters, yet not straying away from the end goal. This meaning that all the characters were dealing with the fallout of previous episodes that could take them away from trying to find Killgrave but it is all pulled back together well. Along with a few shocks along the way.

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

AKA You’re a Winner see’s the return of Luke Cage as he enlists the help of Jessica in order to find someone. The motto that he had previously explained to Jessica that he only protects what is his starts adding extra to this request.

Luke and Jessica standing toe to toe

Will Jessica’s Secret be told?

Luke needs Jessica to help him find someone called Antoine as a favour to his sister. Jessica because of their history starts to enquire about Antoine’s sister and starts to show a jealous side. This was really well done because it keeps the Jessica character human, it keeps the audience engaged in her story and the conflicts that she struggles with. Jessica not really wanting to get involved however and already spinning so many plates decides to do it however because it turns out that Antoine’s sister has information on the death of Luke’s wife. Jessica having the big secret to keep needs to get to the information first.

Malcolm although still part of the story seems to have a more subtle role in this episode as the development of the Luke Cage and Jessica dynamic comes flying back to the forefront. Along with Hope making another appearance with a huge secret, that has landed her in the hospital wing of the prison she is in. The decisions that are made about the secret that Hope holds leads Hogarth to request something strange and quite sinister.

Hope in the hospital wing

Killgrave, however, plays a prominent role with a lot of his work in riddles and has the viewer asking what he is up to. Some of the things that are done in this episode had huge question marks over them. Was Killgrave doing it for fun because he could or is there a bigger motive to what he is doing? His infatuation with Jessica is still alive and kicking though with the emphasis on the arrangement that was made where Jessica would send him a photo every day at a certain time made in “AKA the Sandwich that Saved Me.”

The Verdict

AKA You’re a Winner, had some action but this episode was focused more on the relationships within the story. The big thing to note is how they are all falling apart and trying to hold it together at the same time. Even the most together characters in this season so far seem to be showing cracks and hidden depths. There is an interesting twist towards the end that could shed some light on the relationship between Jessica and Killgrave can only be guessed.

The Flash Season 2 Episode 9 “Running to Stand Still” Review

Running to Stand Still sees the team returning to Central City after the crossover with Arrow and it hits the ground running.  Although the crossover was done really well the main characters left their baggage in central city which was a good break but there was a need to go back.

Weather Wizard, Trickster and Captain Cold

The fast paced start to the Running to Stand Still sees the return of the Weather Wizard which is the metahuman that Patty has a problem with and holds him accountable for killing her father.  Weather Wizard, however, doesn’t come back on his own he breaks out Captain Cold and The Trickster out of Iron Heights, only for Captain Cold to become very conflicted because he doesn’t want to kill The Flash.  So he visits Barry to give him the heads up but still holds the air of mystery leaving the viewer not sure whether he is going to continue being a villain or move on to be a hero even if he does deny the latter.

The return Weather Wizard really affects Patty and puts a real strain on her and Barry’s relationship because Patty doesn’t think Barry understands what she is going through because she doesn’t know he is The Flash.  When both she and Star Labs discover where The Trickster is she runs straight into danger and tells The Flash the truth and why it means so much to her.  This puts Barry in an awkward position because she hasn’t told him and she seems MIA.

Patty going Rogue

Iris also is having her own issues while all this is going because she doesn’t know whether to tell Joe about the fact he has a son that he doesn’t know about.  Barry does persuade her to tell him but they are unsure how he will react.  The other big storyline even though the current threat isn’t linked to Zoom in anyway this episode Harrison Wells Mark 2 has made a discovery and is given and ultimatum will we see the return of the evil Wells?

The Verdict

Running to Stand Still was fast paced well deep episode.  Leaving some questions open and making some big discoveries at the same time.  Harrison and Leonard Snart with the biggest question marks over their heads.  The other point to make is the return of Jay and the way in which he and Caitlin dance around each others.  It does look like it could be a happy ending for Caitlin, but nothing always goes right in Central City.

Elementary Season 4 Episode 3 “Tag, You’re Me” Review

Tag, You’re Me is quite is an interesting turn of pace for Elementary and Sherlock stories in general.  Sherlock is often portrayed as someone that is complexed yet socially awkward and keeps himself distant from unwanted social interactions.  This episode, however, sees him deal have to deal with his estranged father.

Sherlock having heart to heart with his Father

Back in the NYPD Sherlock, Watson and Bell are reunited and although shocked to see them Bell is happy for them to join him on the case.  The case is about a Double Homicide which is actually involving Doppelganger’s.  While looking into the case somehow, Sherlock deduces his father is still in New Your and goes to confront him.  The reason for this was Sherlock can’t find the clarity that he needs to do his work when his father is in close proximity to him.  His Father then comes back with that he is still in New York on business and it cannot be dealt with anywhere else.  In which Sherlock does offer to help him with his work in order to help his father move on a bit quicker.

Which does in fact then mean that Sherlock’s attention is split between his Father’s work and the Doppelganger case.  Which turns out to be about a Face recognition software and rival companies.  The problem becomes that although initially the first company doesn’t seem to be that interested and knows their software has been taken and redesigned in order to help others find doppelganger’s the story seems to get deeper.

Sherlock and Watson discussing Morland

The Verdict

Tag, Your Me is well done it is opening up Sherlock and making him more human yet still keeping his character intact.  The one issues coming from this episode though is the fact that Watson laid down the law to Morland in Evidence of Things Not Seen saying that she wouldn’t let him hurt Sherlock but other than asking one question she doesn’t really get involved in their relationship in this episode which felt a little out of place.

The Flash Season 2 Episode 8 “Legends of Today” Review

Legends of Today is the time in the Season where they do a crossover with Arrow.  The villain this episode is Vandal Savage of which the team know very little about other than he is after Kendra.

Cisco and Kendra’s relationship is going from strength to strength and when Savage turns up to try and kill her.  Cisco is a bit bewildered but stands tall while making the emergency call to The Flash and then accidentally slipping up giving his true identity away to Kendra.  This leaves her in shock but also leaves the team questioning her identity because Vandal Savage had called her something else.  Barry having seen Vandal’s strength when Joe offers to put a detail on Kendra he instantly says no because they don’t know what they are dealing with and the consensus is the normal police force will be no match for Vandal.

Kendra, Barry and Oliver as Barry shows the team a sketch of Vanda

Barry decides the safest place for Kendra is out of the city and to be with Arrow while they figure out more about Vandal and why he thinks Kendra is someone else.  Barry gets to Oliver while they are attempting to take down a gang, and Barry gets there in just in time to save Oliver as it seemingly goes wrong.  When Barry first goes to Oliver with the problem he seems impressed because it’s showing a maturity but as the story unfolds and new people enter the mix Oliver starts to question what Barry as really dragged him into along with whether he able to deal with it.

Caitlin and Dr. Wells however when the team is up in Star City are left to their own devices.  Barry now has his speed back, but he isn’t fast enough for Zoom.  Dr. Wells is working on a drug that hopefully will make Barry that little bit faster in order to have a chance to beat Zoom.  The interesting part about this is when Patty sees Dr. Wells and goes in after him because she thinks he’s dead.  It would seem that even though she is Joe’s partner and Barry’s girlfriend she is still an outsider and now with Kendra knowing Barry’s identity as the Flash it could cause some serious problems down the line.  Jay is also brought back in because they need to test the drug to see whether it works or not but will Jay really want to try it or let Barry use it?

The Flash and Arrow getting ready to take on Vandal

The Verdict

Legends of Today is a really well worked cross over because the team had a valid reason for going to Oliver and also at the end of the episode the big cliffhanger is more of an Arrow cliffhanger than a Flash one.  That said though it would be cool if they could answer the cliffhanger on The Flash too.  Barry questioning his role was really well done as well and the ever expanding team will just add more story possibilities

Supergirl Season 1 Episode 6 “Red Faced” Review

Red Faced brings some unwanted terror to National City.  Supergirl is flying around higher and further than the DEO would like as she gets a call from Alex asking why she is out there and to which she replies to clear my head.  As this happens Supergirl hears a disagreement between two drivers, so races to stop them.  While stopping the cars before they hit some children that are crossing the road, she totals the cars and one of the drivers were not happy and goes to punch her.

Supergirl fighting the Red Tornado

Supergirl’s reaction to the driver that tries to punch her ends up scaring the children she had just saved and brought her flaws to the forefront.  Henshaw after that displaying that Supergirl gave to the world started to question whether Supergirl really has the discipline for the job and once she cools down Kara herself starts to realise where she went wrong.  The anger issues that Kara was facing as Supergirl spilled out into work and her “Normal Life” where she rants back at Cat when she is having a go at her because of the influence of Cat’s mother.  This shocked Cat and the viewer could see the shock, but it added even more respect to the relationship.  Cat and Kara seem to be getting closer together even after the events of How Does She Do It when Kara lost Cat’s son Carter.

Lucy Lane with the introduction of General Lane her father adds another dimension to the character, as a non-comic reader the thought was Lucy worked with James at the daily planet, but it turns out she works for someone else.  General Lane brings not only his presence to the episode but the threat of a Robot that Supergirl is asked to fight to test on whether they could use it to protect the world.  General Lane doesn’t seem to like Superman or Supergirl.  The problem then becomes when Supergirl’s anger issues are taken out on the robot and it goes into self-protection mode and disappears into the city.

Lucy meets Supergirl will she recognise Kara?

The Verdict

Red Faced has the right balance of action and drama, with the fight scenes between Supergirl and the Robot really well done.  The drama, however, was also really well done because the characters are developing well with the addition of General Lane the love triangle seems to be going in the favour of Lucy but then James and Kara have some deep moments just keeping her in the running.  Winn also is the key to finding out what happened to the Alex’s father, but the question becomes will he risk doing something illegal?

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