Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 13 “AKA Smile” Review

AKA Smile the season finale and did it ever deliver some dark places. The writers went to town in this episode concluding the season in the way it was supposed to conclude because although it had some moments of comedy in it. There were so much dark and openings for new storylines.

Jessica and Trish finally get a lead on where Killgrave is and find his hideout, where Jessica discovers Albert with some information about Killgrave and the fetus that Jeri had taken early on in the season. This was quite fitting because although we knew that Jeri had used it in the hope of getting Killgrave’s powers she hadn’t managed to so and kind of felt like a dead end. Albert admitted to using the fetus, however, to amplify Killgrave’s power that Jessica needs to be careful.

Trish’s reaction when Jessica tell her she loves her

Trish and Jessica, however, have some very interesting dialogue and just how close they are even if they don’t tell each other just how much they mean to each other. The subtle way that the code word becomes I love you is quite ironic because Jessica is telling her that she loves her but backhanded because it is admitted that it is something she would never say. The way Trish gets more information gets more information IGH says that there is going to be something in the works with that. What it isn’t clear and as the season as come to an end, it’s an open-ended book but something that might become clear in the future.

The major scene, however, is the one where Killgrave thinks he has Jessica in his sights and she is working in with music playing and hood up looking down at the floor. There was something huge about it especially when it comes apparent that it isn’t Jessica. When Jessica does come into the scene though it is really well done and captured very well by Krysten Ritter because you can see in her own face that she isn’t sure who has control.

Jessica and Claire breaking Luke out of hospital

Another interesting dynamic is the discussion between Claire Temple and Luke, Claire is left with Luke in order to try and help keep him alive, she believes in both Jessica and Luke for being positive influences. It is quite refreshing to have someone else believe in her as well as the main cast because it felt like an outsiders point of view.

The Verdict

AKA Smile is a really good end to an awesome season, it has left so many subplots open and yet developed the characters in such a way that it feels like a convenient breaking point. The voice over at the end also keeps the character alive and conflicted not wanting to except she could be a Super Hero. Could Malcolm be her guardian angel to help her concentrate on being the hero everyone knows she can be?

Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 12 “AKA Take a Bloody Number” Review

“AKA Take a Bloody Number” see’s Luke introduced back to the fold and has Jessica asking questions. The problem becomes is whether or not to trust Luke or not. They both know that Killgrave had control over Luke but the question still resides to whether or not Killgrave still has control over him or not? With Albert working to make him stronger.

AKA Take a Bloody Number feels really subdued after the build up of AKA I’ve Got The Blues and the awesome fight that Trish and Jessica had with Simpson, this issue kind of takes a back seat at this point however because focus now that Luke and Jessica is back together is Killgrave. The dynamic of Luke and Jessica really is interesting this episode as they are dealing with past issues, they have a very good moment up on rooftop while scoping out a lead.

Jessica and Luke on the Roof top

Killgrave on the other hand, just as you thought you could start sympathising with him a few episodes ago, starts turning demonic as the dynamic between him and his father is shown. His regard for his family and his father is shown to be non-existent when he forces his father to work harder without sleep by having his father hover his right hand above a blender with the threat of having him push it down to the blade.

Trish finds out a new discovery though that could blow the whole thing sky-high when she gets help from her mother. This does seem a little odd and although Trish doesn’t really want to deal with her mother due to the abuse that was inflicted on her as a kid, and explained in AKA I’ve got the Blues. She has some information that Jessica might need but will she tell her?

Killgrave and the Blender trick

When Jessica and Luke, however, do eventually catch up with Killgrave there is a shocking discovery and Jessica is forced to fight Luke. This scene is really well done because Jessica is forced to fight someone that she cares about and is actually stronger than her. She pleads with Luke to fight what Killgrave is doing to him but can her or will she have to do something unthinkable?

The Verdict

AKA Take a Bloody Number is all about trust, will Jessica trust Luke and can Trish trust her mother in order to get some vital information about Jessica and try and put the pieces together. The other thing to note of this episode is how Malcolm and Robyn seem to be getting closer. The episode although feel subdued in the beginning soon picked up the pace and started to ask even more questions, with some really good dialogue and action to boot.

The Forest Movie Review

The Forest is based on a Forest in Japan called Aokigahara that is used in order for people to go out and commit suicide. So when Sarah Price (Natalie Dormer) finds out that her twin sister has gone missing and can tell her identical twin is in trouble she can’t help but jump on a plan to go and find her.

The build up to the entry of the forest was a little confusing with constant flashbacks to when Sarah was in the US and back to while she was traveling to Japan. So as a viewer it is difficult to follow just where in the timeline the character was. The background to the forest was well described as the build up to the entry to the forest. The Y?rei was well documented explaining that they feed of the sadness within the person in order to show them visions which tend to lead to them killing themselves and that Sarah needs to remember that what she see’s in The Forest is never what is actually there.

Sarah and Aiden with the Guide as they find there first victim

Determined to find her sister in the knowledge of these facts Sarah goes into the forest with a reporter and a guide. Where they do find her sister’s tent and the decision is then made to stay overnight and the reporter agreed to stay but the guide was dead against it. The problem that Sarah had was that there was some underlying sadness in her, that she might not have realised was there. As the forest start’s to take its grip on her she starts to turn against people helping her and the question becomes is she even going to get out of the forest alive?

The Verdict

The Forest had a story with potential with some really good acting with the material that was supplied but came up short. It was using the jump scare mentality with things jumping out at the screen but the suspense wasn’t there, they didn’t let it have long enough to build up the anticipation. This movie is worth a watch but whether it is worth a cinema trip that is questionable.

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 Walking Dead: Michonne Episode 1 “Into the Deep” Review

The Walking Dead: Michonne Episode 1 “Into the Deep” is the latest installment from Telltale that takes The Walking Dead franchise and focuses on one character and her struggles in the new world that they find themselves in.

The Walking Dead has been a huge hit from Telltale and it would make a lot of sense to be making more games based on the story and although a mini-series it is welcomed. “Into the Deep” starts off confusing but really fast paced, putting Michone the main character into the thick of things while leaving the outside a little confused to what is actually going on. The truth is here there is a character that deeply conflicted, and not unlike other starting episodes of other season’s from Telltale the episode doesn’t seem to move physically along the storyline however it does show a huge focus on Michonne.

Michonne does seem to be suffering from some sort of mental issue because she just doesn’t seem to know where she is and having these visions, really adds dynamic to the game. Sat wondering what she is suffering from and what is real and what isn’t. The other characters show potential and after playing other season’s like the Tales from the Borderlands where the focus is more towards the group as opposed to the individual this is going to be an interesting dynamic that perhaps hasn’t been seen by Telltale before.

The decisions themselves even though they didn’t seem very big at the time while playing through the episode it was easy to see that they mattered. The biggest issue though is the not knowing at the point of the decision, The other thing to note, is the combat it seems that as more and more Telltale games come out they become more hands on with the combat. However, the controls can be a misleading because they show an arch rather than a straight direction and when mimicked on the controller they do not register they just want the general direction.

The Verdict

Into the Deep lives up to its name. The episode is very immersive and throws you head first into the story. It holds to the name of the season as well because the definite focus on the lead character. That can be sympathized with and lends itself to wanting to know more about Michonne and how she is going to develop through the story. The only slight concern coming from it was the controls and just how the bigger storyline is going to unfold because it didn’t show much, but a solid start.

 

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