Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 4 “AKA 99 Friends” Review

AKA 99 Friends starts off very paranoid after the revelations in AKA It’s Called Whiskey that Killgrave has Jessica under surveillance and Jessica has no clue who’s doing it.  She goes over the photo’s and is relieved that Luke isn’t in them and has an interesting switch in feeling that now she is the one of the receiving end of someone spying on her.

This mood doesn’t just stop with Jessica either Trish no longer trusts anyone and has the cops back at her apartment wanting to get back in.  Not sure whether they are under the influence of Killgrave she doesn’t let them in and phones Jessica she quickly establishes the cop isn’t a danger.  He is trying to understand what is going on and Jessica takes the risk of telling him the truth.  Guilt-ridden he goes through the episode not necessarily doing the right thing for his job but he will do anything to catch or help catch Killgrave.

Jessica coming off the subway trying to work out who’s following her

After having Trish in the firing line, it is decided that she should use her next show in order to apologize as Jessica thinks that this will get Trish off Killgraves hitlist.  The show also adds an extra problem this time for Jeri because now she has a waiting room full of people saying that they were under the control of Killgrave when they committed their crimes.  Jeri doesn’t want to deal with them but Jessica forces her to go through them and they do weed out the fakes from the real victims and seemingly start their own support group.  The case that is presented Jessica also raises some issues because Jessica is concerned that they were sent by Killgrave and doesn’t really want to take the case.

Jessica reluctantly takes the case and instead of following the cheating husband she goes after the wife.  Jessica is trying to establish whether or not it is safe to take the case and when she does do the investigation that she was hired for it, it does have an interesting twist.  It isn’t Killgrave and but her husband isn’t cheating either there is another motive.

The Verdict

AKA 99 Friends was a solid episode, but it did have some problems.  It was missing Luke and Hope which have been a huge part of the season so far and to have them completely missing just didn’t feel quite right.  Luke was mentioned, but having had Jessica and Luke get so close in AKA 99 It’s Called Whiskey.  Trish and The Cop development along with the support group, however, was a good direction and it does have a very good cliffhanger ending.

Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 3 “AKA It’s Called Whiskey” Review

AKA It’s Called Whiskey carries on from where AKA Crush Syndrome left off and as Luke had revealed his abilities to Jessica they start to get to know each other better.  As they try to understand each others powers and, however, they can push them Jessica does seem to be holding back the fact that there are more like them but with different abilities when asked.

A bit more upbeat but also haunted by flashbacks Jessica goes back to her office after picking up a bottle of whiskey and reviews Hope’s case so far.  Outraged by the way the media is treating her and the way it looks like Jeri is isn’t doing anything to protect her she goes storming into Jeri’s office demanding that she does more to stop the media treating hope like this.  Jeri says that she isn’t going to get involved with the media as it could damage the case.  Trish, however, is happy to interview Hope and Jessica isn’t really happy about it because it could bring unwanted attention.  Trish explains that she will go easy on her and try and make it look better, once it’s done however it puts Trish right in the firing line and turns out that it was Jeri’s idea along.

Jeri helping with the interview between Hope and Trish

Realising that Killgrave is getting closer and that Jessica isn’t going to be able to just beat him with her strength she needs to find another way.  Something comes to light however that she could use surgical anesthetic in order to stop him from being able to use his powers.  The reason for this even though Killgrave still can hold power over people when asleep the anesthetic shuts off different parts of the brain which would mean he wouldn’t be able to.  Having found out, this Jessica is on a mission to try and get her hands on it but it seems quite difficult to get.

The Verdict

AKA It’s Called Whiskey was a well-balanced episode for a change, the beginning seems quite light and happier although still troubled.  Then as the story developed it started to become darker.  The action scenes were really well done and when needed there was a real sense of urgency and left the viewer wondering whether Jessica was going to make it.

Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 2 “AKA Crush Syndrome” Review

AKA Crush Syndrome continues on from AKA Ladies Night, Jessica finds herself in an interrogation room as the Police try to find the in and outs of the murders that happened in the elevator.  An open and shut case really because there was no escaping that all the physical evidence points that Hope did it, but Jessica is determined to prove her innocents.

Jessica, however, comes up with some problems during the interview because some other case files are discovered by the Police and they want to know about it.  Jessica’s reaction was that they shouldn’t have them because they didn’t have a warrant and that answer to this was her office was actually a crime scene so it wasn’t needed.  The files they found was the photo’s that they had on Luke Cage the bartender she had one of the most awkwardest sex scene ever seen in AKA Ladies.  Luke had been having an affair with married women not that he was aware of it because she had been removing her ring so when the police came knocking about the files in Jessica’s office Jessica came clean and turns out that the husband goes after Luke.  Will Jessica help him?

Jessica getting to know her Neighbours

Jessica wanting Jeri Hogarth to represent Hope as she seems to be the best lawyer in town is refused because Jeri only takes on cases that are not a straight up loss.  Jessica reveals that Hope was controlled by someone and that she knows because she was, however, that wasn’t enough for her, but she tells Jessica that if she gets some more evidence that this guy exists then she will represent Hope.  Jessica starts her search by going back to the scene of an accident and piecing together which hospital he would have gone to and then trying to find his records of which she can’t find any however she does find something abnormal.

The Verdict

AKA Crush Syndrome really does throw this world wide open.  Jessica finds out some interesting facts about some of the other main characters and the show continues to drip feed the viewer little snippets of information about the characters.  The stand out dynamic this episode was Jessica and Trish.  Here is someone that doesn’t seem to make friends easily and now is actively pushing people away because of the threat of her past and yet there seems to be something there between Trish and Jessica.  The episode the viewer now has a name for the threat from the past and that is Killgrave.  Krysten Ritter continues to impress with how well she fits the role.

Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 1 “AKA Ladies Night” Review

Jessica Jones AKA Ladies Night is the opening episode of the latest production by Marvel and Netflix, and it has intrigue, drama and confusion.  Jessica Jones is one of the characters in the Marvel Universe that hasn’t seen a lot of screen time so that give them a clean slate.

Jessica Jones is a P.I. that seemed to be living in the rough end of town and feels like she is having issues in life and although she helps people with their insecurities she seems to have them herself.  Jessica is given two cases in this episode one that she has gone looking for with a lawyer firm that she has freelanced for in the past and someone comes knocking on her door because of their missing daughter.

Jessica trying to get work out of Jeri

Jessica and Jeri seem to have an interesting dynamic when she is visiting the lawyer firm and continues to show how edgy that Jessica is.  She is sure of herself yet not prepared to be on the books and wants to stay freelance and while watching the build up knowing Marvel left the viewer sat there asking where are her powers what makes her different.  Jessica seems to be a character that could go either way and conflicted, it is slowly revealed and dripped fed to the viewer and still doesn’t feel you know enough about Jessica yet.

The second case and the main focus of the episode is about a missing girl Hope Shlottman and as Jessica investigates the case she realises that this case could be something different.  They work it really well with some interesting flashbacks and as Jessica has a friend that seems to be a drug addict the question becomes is she having issues with drugs?  She seems to be relent to a certain extent on alcohol is it a possibility that she has a drug problem too because of the flashback and hallucinations? The case itself holds this sinister and confusing vibe going on because the cards are laid so close to their chest and just as it looks like it was another successful case solved there is a huge twist.

The Verdict

AKA Ladies Night is a great start to what looks like it could be a very promising series.  The way that the character and plot development has been worked in this episode has confusion and intrigue all over it.  The episode has viewers asking questions and not really knowing where it could go next.  Unlike Daredevil which was also made by Netflix and Marvel Jessica Jones, real demons and powers seem to be being held back.  Whether this because Daredevil has had more screen time so they assumed people already knew his back story could be a distinct possibility.