“AKA It’s Called Whiskey”
Written by Liz Friedman and Scott Reynolds
Directed by David Petrarca
Hope is being lambasted by the media for claiming she was mind-controlled into killing her parents, and Hogarth won’t help improve her image without further corroboration for her story. Trish offers to do an interview with Hope on her radio show, and Hogarth uses that opportunity to force the burden of proving mind-control is possible onto Trish instead of taking it herself. Trish calls Kilgrave out over her program, and he responds by sending a very large, muscular cop to murder her in her apartment. Jessica has been working on getting her hands on some of that anesthetic that knocks out Kilgrave’s powers. She had to use her sad junkie neighbor Malcolm as a diversion in the hospital, but she got it. She makes it to Trish’s apartment just in time to throw the mind-controlled cop off her, and then she uses the anesthetic to trick him into thinking Trish is dead so that she can follow him back to Kilgrave. He leads her to the latest swanky apartment Kilgrave’s taken over, but because he orders the cop to kill himself, she loses her chance to stab Kilgrave with a syringe of the anesthetic. She saves the cop, and Kilgrave uses everyone in the building to stop her from following him. Also, he has a room completely covered in pictures of her. Jessica is now working on finding out who Kilgrave is using to take the pictures. Also, throughout the episode, Jessica and Luke have a lot of super-powered sex and conversations about how they got their powers. Luke seems to want this to be an actual relationship. So does Jessica, but she knows it’s wrong because she’s the one who killed his wife (even if only because Kilgrave forced her to), and Luke doesn’t know that, so she tells him it’s over.
Things I Liked
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Jessica is incredibly resourceful and clever. I love watching her do her detective work. She’s basically a white hat con artist. I love watching her dilemmas. She knows knocking people out so she can steal anesthesia is wrong, particularly if there are a lot of people to be knocked out. She also knows using Malcolm is wrong, but it’s the option that results in the least damage to the fewest people. She does the math, but she feels horrible about it because she hates using people. Knocking out Trish with the anesthesia is wrong but it’s the best way to get Simpson to stop trying to kill her and to get a quick lead to Kilgrave’s location; Trish’s displeasure will be worth it. And she saves Simpson instead of going straight for Kilgrave, even though she knows it’ll make it much harder to get Kilgrave without the element of surprise.
Hogarth is the parallel for Kilgrave, and Luke is the complete opposite. He doesn’t take things he wants, and he doesn’t act like he automatically deserves anything. He wants to explore what he and Jessica have, but he doesn’t push it when she clearly has reservations. He lets her be in control, which makes it particularly significant that she still walks away. Kilgrave controlled her, but she doesn’t want to turn around and be in control of a different relationship. She won’t regain control of her life by controlling Luke (which is what she’s doing as long as she stays with him without telling him the truth about what happened to his wife). If she is going to be with him, they have to be equals.
Seriously, Trish, I think even Mad-Eye Moody might consider your security measures a bit over-the-top. Is all of that compensation for not having your super-powered foster sister living with you anymore? Or did something else happen?
Hogarth continues to be a cold, calculating bastard who seems to care about nothing but her image. I still think this character, as written, would’ve made more sense if they hadn’t switched from male to female. Either way, Hogarth is clearly a parallel for Kilgrave. Kind of an example of how close we can get to a Kilgrave in the real world, where mind control isn’t a thing. The parallel still works with female Hogarth, but I don’t think it’s quite as effective as it could’ve been with male Hogarth.
We finally see Kilgrave’s face! I’m so glad David Tennant looks noticeably older than when he played the Doctor, because this role would’ve ruined Doctor Who for me. From what we’ve seen so far, it’s clear that Kilgrave is completely ruthless and selfish, and he feels entitled to anything he wants on a scale beyond any other entitled jerkface character I’ve seen.
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