Saturday, December 5, 2015

Jessica Jones - AKA It's Called Whiskey

As Jessica (Krysten Ritter) attempts to get the drugs she needs to stop Kilgrave (David Tennant) and orders Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss) to take defending Hope (Erin Moriarty) more seriously she reacts in horror to Hogarth and Trish's (Rachael Taylor) plan to get their client to go public on air with her story. As expected, Kilgrave responds, first over the air and then by sending a police officer to put a bullet in Trish's brain. In an episode that showcases the villain's actual and psychological power over his victims it also introduces some limitations to his powers. He's unable to compel anyone to do his bidding over the airwaves and, as Jessica is able to take advantage of on two separate opportunities here, the literal interpretations of his commands can be used to break his temporary control of his victims.

Along with advancing Jessica's relationship with Luke Cage (Mike Colter), "AKA It's Called Whiskey" also introduces another important supporting character in Officer Will Simpson (Wil Traval) who, despite attempting to do her harm in this episode, will forge a relationship with Trish as the First Season progresses. Even without ever appearing on-screen until the final ten-minutes when Jessica finally confronts her old enemy face-to-face, Kilgrave dominates every frame of the episode even ruining Jessica's momentary happiness with Luke.

"AKA It's Called Whiskey" sets the stage for the remainder of the season showcasing not only how easy Kilgrave bends people to his will (such as the cop he sends after Trish and the family he uses to slow Jessica down after she finds him), and the perverse pleasure he takes in using his powers, but also revealing his obsession with Jessica Jones. Realizing that Kilgrave isn't after some kind of revenge but instead has developed some twisted romantic obsession to her, Jessica realizes anyone in her world could secretly be an agent of her nemesis watching her, recording her actions, and reporting back. While this revelation ends the episode on a dark note it will also supply Jessica with a method of finding Kilgrave to eventually put her plan into action.

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