REVIEW Jessica Jones S1E2: AKA Crush Syndrome
Jessica is still on the hunt for man that kidnapped NYU student Hope Shlottman. Hope is now in prison for [redacted].
We get a bit more screen time with Luke Cage and Trish this episode.
In episode 1, Jessica rolls out of bed after a bout of rough sex and has an awkward moment in his bathroom. She sees a photo of a woman she recognizes in his medicine cabinet and proceeds to shamble out of his apartment muttering an “I’m sorry” before starting her walk of shame back to her apartment, stopping briefly to puke in a below ground stairwell.
Keeping it classy.
That’s part of the show’s charm though.
In this episode Jessica returns to Luke’s bar after sitting in a police interrogation room being questioned as witness to Hope’s violent crime.The police searched the contents of her bag and photos on her camera and presumably saw all the creep shots of Luke she has been taking. Understandably, he’s not too thrilled when the police show up at his job and show him all her pictures. He is even less thrilled when she apologizes for taking the pictures and explains that his big booty cutie is in fact, married. And he is probably even less, less thrilled (can somebody even be less than less thrilled?) that she ran out out on him the night before and here she is the next morning with a bag full of trouble.
At one point in the series, Luke remarks that Jessica is a, “hard drinking, mess of a woman…” and he couldn’t be more right. However, yet again, it’s part of her charm and we can’t help but eat it up.
Trish isn’t really given much to do in this episode except to be in scenes when Jessica is spouting exposition. The overall plan so far is to expose Kilgrave, prove that Hope is innocent and get that poor girl out of jail. Both women know how dangerous Kilgrave is, so Trish invites Jessica to stay at her apartment that is complete with a workout room, high tech security system, a front door to which not even the front desk has a key, a personal Krav Maga instructor and panic room.
No dice Patsy, Ms. Jones is gonna do this on her own.
Aided by some flashbacks, we find out on the fateful night that Jessica broke free of the Purple Man’s influence, Kilgrave was actually hit by a city bus. Those memories help with her detective work as she finds out that Kilgrave suffered Crush Syndrome and used his power to make some poor guy carve out his own kidneys to perform a transplant.
Finally we get to see Mr. Cage in action. Sparing the details, because it’s a pretty good scene, we definitely see his powers at work here in a bar fight.
What’s even more awesome is that this is NOT an origin story! Nope, they are giving us what we want. Like Daredevil on Netflix, Luke and Jess already have their powers and the show is not going out of its way to talk about how or show how they got them.
In the final scene, we see Luke show off his impenetrable skin to Jessica by turning on a circular saw and putting the spinning blade right on his stomach and saying ” You can’t fix me, I’m unbreakable.”
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