Jessica Jones: 1.04 AKA 99 Friends
After some unfortunate delays, we're back with our episode reviews of Netflix's latest Marvel Series Jessica Jones, as new writer Hel Jones picks up where we left off...
“All it takes is one word…”
Jessica is on the hunt for the person who has been following her, stealing photographs and making her every move the business of the manipulative Kilgrave. Her new case, the business of Audrey Eastman (Jessica Hecht), will keep her mind busy if nothing else. Eastman stands out in Jess’ neighbourhood in her upper-West side garb, which is strangely patriotic in colour - red, white and Christian Louboutins; her husband Carlo is having an affair and our titular heroine is charged with capturing images of Carlo, his lies, and wandering penis. Still paranoid following the Shlottman case, Jessica does a little digging and it would appear that Audrey and her wandering penis are legit.
Trish is struggling with her near-death experience during last week’s episode and this comes to a head when Officer Simpson attempts to bust down the door to her apartment in order to view the body of the woman he’s adamant he murdered.
Together, they eventually manage to work through their respective powerlessness. He admits he has eight years in Special Ops which gives him a whiff of eau de super soldier but that just might be the passing resemblance to Steve Rogers. Quote of the episode is awarded to Trish who declares “Men and power is seriously a disease.” Yes, yes it is Trish. We only have to look at Señor Trump for a list of symptoms.
I have to say I’m glad Patsy Walker’s getting a little more to do, and has a dark(er) side, she was starting to grate a little and Carol Danvers’ shoes are a mighty pair to fill. Ms. Marvel is Jones’ main confidante and best friend in the graphic novels. Though not quite the antithesis of Jessica, there is a vulnerability to Trish which Jones tends to either sink in a bottle of bourbon or aggressively pummel away thus making it so much easier to identify with. They riff off each other so naturally, I really look forward to future episodes – actual relatable female friendship, who would have thunk it!
AKA 99 Friends gives us a chance to get to know Jeri Hogarth a little more and indicates how she ticks; the woman’s ambition and callousness finds new ground here (she is brilliantly written) as she starts to admire Kilgrave and the potential his ‘gift’ has. In return for a favour, she begins to take Jessica’s claims seriously and invites survivors of Kilgrave to come forward and go on the record with their experiences, weeding out the, well, whack-jobs from the genuine. Apparently, Kilgrave is a bald, shirtless man who impregnates teenagers…
No Luke this week, sadly, but indications of Jessica’s burgeoning feelings are hinted at. She is preoccupied with keeping him safe or, more realistically protecting him from the truth about his wife’s death? She now knows what it is like to be tailed, a place she is clearly uncomfortable to be in. When she, for want of a better word, loses her shit, it is quite something and especially poignant at this troubling time in the real world set on blaming an entire race of people for the actions of a small few. The 99 friends referenced in the title is the alleged number of superheroes in JJ’s borough alone, the crossover possibilities are endless.
By the end, thanks to the KA (Kilgrave’s Anonymous) group and a vague physical description, Jessica discovers the identity of her stalker, another blow but one she’ll bounce back from, right? One would hope…