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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Jessica Jones: AKA 1,000 Cuts


Oh my God! Just when you thought Jessica Jones couldn't get any darker or bleaker along comes AKA 1,000 Cuts to remind us that this is not your father's superhero TV show.

There were scenes here - such as the one from which the episode derived its title - that were almost unwatchable for their sadistic brutality, but the powerful narrative of the show carries you through because, no matter how shocking it gets, it's all justified by the story.

There's nothing gratuitous here. It's a genuine, honest. attempt to craft a story around the terrifying potential of a psychopath with a mind-controlling abilities.

Other episodes have come close, but AKA 1,000 Cuts will leave you emotionally drained, slightly horrified, and wondering how Jessica will be able to turn things around.

If something could go wrong, it did in this episode: from the fallout of Hogarth thinking that Kilgrave would be grateful for helping in his escape, and drugged-up Will going totally off the reservation in his single-minded desire to put Kilgrave in the ground, to the "Kilgrave survivors' group" turning on Jessica because they are convinced she knows more than she is letting on (if she isn't working with the villain!).

As part of his long-game, Kilgrave manages to get Hope's murder charges dropped, but then he spirits her away before Jessica can get to her, and uses her as bargaining chip. He wants Jessica to hand over his father, and in return he'll release Hope.

Or so he says...

3 comments:

  1. Yeah, to be certain, this was a powerful episode.

    Hogarth is such a wonderful psychopath.

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    1. This made me flinch on occasion.

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    2. Hope's action was powerful.

      The Ex's conversation with K was strangely 'familiar', as if she were the type to get on with Controllers, re: Hogarth.

      I still cannot understand the mob on JJ.
      That seems too weird and was very disjointed to me.

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