**This Article Contains Spoilers for Jessica Jones Episode 207 and Episodes Prior**
“A daughter needs her mother…always.”
I’m generally not a fan when a show stunts their momentum to then deliver a flashback (or off topic) episode. That’s what we got here, as we were treated to the story of Alisa, and her journey after surviving the accident. We also got some asides in the form of a young Jessica and Trish’s strained friendship. Oh, and Jessica’s long lost love?
Let’s talk about Sterling. A man seemingly extremely important to Jessica and how she evolved further into the cynical and snarky person that we know. So important that she named Alias Investigations in honor of his failed club aspirations. Yet, this is the first time we are hearing about him? Not even a vague passing mention at any point. Take Sterling out of the equation, and I feel that Jessica’s reaction to Alisa would not have been one of anger (or a fist), but rather one of further stunned silence and confusion. It just makes me think that Sterling’s sudden inclusion was added solely as a vehicle to get Jessica (and in some ways Alisa) from point A to point B. Was it all bad? No. Seeing more of Jess’ early life was good, I just wish that it had felt more natural.
The best part of seeing Jessica’s early life was watching her friendship with Trish at a time where it was at its most fragile. We were further given a picture of Trish, and how susceptible she is to addiction and self destruction. While I still stand by my stance on the addiction storyline (as mentioned last review), it’s good that the show isn’t questioning it’s direction or double guessing itself. While I may not agree with the foundation they are building, it’s still a sturdy one that clues in the audience on how fragile Trish can become. In a way, the episode shows us that she is nearly just as broken as Jessica is. Their moment on the rooftop towards the end was easily a highlight of the episode, even if their entire storyline seemed off topic.
Now when it came to Alisa, she—obviously—had the more pressing plot line. One that further painted IGH in a more positive light. In fact Alisa seemed to be more at fault then anything Karl or IGH had done. They saved her. They saved Jessica, and even found a family for her. It was intriguing seeing how Alisa survived, and watching her interesting connection with Karl develop. We got to see behind the curtain of this mysterious “monster,” and it was refreshing. But while seeing Alisa’s story was great, I can’t help but feel that some of some of her freak-out scenes were a bit hollow—maybe even rushed. There just seemed to be a lack of weight to the proceedings. Doctors would run around scared early in the episode, but I would find myself questioning why. I never quite felt scared of her in the same way I felt when she tore apart the burglar in the van.
Now clearly the episode is holding back on information. While Karl’s experiments were mentioned, their super powered side effects were frustratingly avoided and hardly touched upon. Even Alisa’s super strength was downplayed most of the time, and I could forgive someone if they simply thought she was just very angry. I do think that it’s great that I don’t see Karl as a bad guy, and it adds to the ethical ambiguity of the whole situation.
One of the biggest missed opportunities of the episode was the tacked on Inez scene. Inez easily could have carried her own plot line parallel to Alisa. It could have been a chance to naturally further Inez’s character, and give us a good look at what she was before being broken. However all the scene ended up becoming was just a rushed retelling of something we already knew.
After delivering a compelling twist, the show delivered a mixed-bag episode. While the storylines added more to the characters and their relationships, some of those elements felt unnaturally included—or oddly placed. Alisa’s journey was a compelling one, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’m looking forward to getting back to the present.
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- It certainly seems like the show is attempting to make Alisa Typhoid Mary. Though Mary’s whole condition is much more complex, so I wonder if Alisa’s will evolve further.
- In case you wondered when Jessica got her trademark jacket, now you know!
- I guess this means that wasn’t Deadpool?
- If Jessica is so good at spotting when Trish is going down the drain, should she not have already figured her out by now?
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