Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Jessica Jones - AKA The Octopus

"AKA The Octopus" begins to tie the season's various themes and threads together. We start off with Jessica (Krysten Ritter) in jail for a crime that she obviously didn't commit (given how insanely Trish was driving that night how many street cams do you think clocked them both on the other side of the city?) which forces her to make a new friend on the police department. As for Trish (Rachael Taylor), her firs foray into Simpson's drugs don't actually help in the investigation but they go give the former addict a dangerous taste of the power she has sought all her life. And for Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss), the dead weight of her illness finally begins to serve the larger storyline when Jess delivers a woman who once worked at IGH, and knows all about the death-defying experiments, directly to her door.

The episode is highlighted by an ill-conceived public proposal, Jessica doing some snooping and finding a new lead in the case in one of the doctors who is responsible for her condition, and the first mention of "Octopus DNA" suggesting a pseudo-scientific reason for her powers. So far the show's Second Season has dragged for me and been very hit-and-miss. "AKA The Octopus" is a good example of the ongoing fits and starts dragging out the early scenes in the police station before putting out detective back to work to find answers and waiting until the fifth episode of the season to begin to extremely coincidental health issue of Hogarth into the larger search into IGH.

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