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[TV Review] ‘Jessica Jones’ Episode 1.07 – “AKA Top Shelf Perverts”

Jessica’s life has really bottomed out, which comes across perfectly in the opening shot as she is tossed out of a bar and into a pile of trash.  If that weren’t enough, she threatens to throw someone (Hogarth’s soon-t0-be-ex-wife) in front of a subway train shortly afterwards.  She comes to her senses for a short moment, only to drown her sorrows in alcohol again immediately afterwards.  It’s fitting that Malcolm is the one who rescues her from her slumped form on the floor of the elevator in their building.  After all, she similarly rescued him not long ago.

Malcolm really comes to his own here.  Having moved passed his addiction (well, work in progress, at least) and regained his composure, he stands up for Jessica here when she no longer feels able to stand up for herself.  Just because you have superpowers doesn’t mean that you don’t need friends.  Jessica still very much needs the likes of Malcolm, Trish, (the absent this episode) Luke, and even Jeri Hogarth in her life.  She might mean well, but she makes some dumb decisions from time to time (don’t we all?) and occasionally needs saving.

Both Trish and Malcolm try to keep Jessica from doing something extremely stupid this episode.  While they fail to do so, fate intervenes…very creepily, I might add…in the form of Kilgrave himself.  Good lord, the police station sequence with him gave me the willies.  Kilgrave is the worst (best?) kind of villain in that he utterly believes that he is in the right when it comes to his disturbing actions.  He’s doing it all for love and his own happiness and doesn’t give a damn who gets hurt in the process. The most terrifying villains are those who consider themselves to be heroes and the Purple Man is no different.

We’re over halfway through the season now and while I do have a familiarity with the source material, the show is clearly charting its own path.  I’m not quite sure where things are headed in terms of an overall outcome.  I am both terrified and excited to find out.  Can Jessica Jones save Hell’s Kitchen (and NYC as a whole) from the malevolent grip of Kilgrave?  Of course she can.  I never doubted that she could.  That said, I’m afraid to see how much damage he might cause to her (particularly emotionally and psychologically) before she manages to do so.  What kind of shape will she be in come the end of this tale?

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