Jessica Jones: AKA Top Shelf Perverts Review

Jessica Jones: AKA Top Shelf Perverts Review

AKA Top Shelf Perverts saw Jessica struggle to come to terms with Kilgrave’s latest atrocity, Malcolm and Trish trying to prevent her from making a mistake and also included a particularly dramatic conclusion. Ruben met a grisly fate on this particular occasion as he unfortunately knocked on Jessica’s door right when Kilgrave happened to be snooping around in there. This led to some soul-searching for Jessica as she considered handing herself in for Ruben’s murder in order to get herself locked away in a maximum security prison where she couldn’t be the cause of anymore deaths.

Jessica’s reasoning was a little thin here, Kilgrave would surely continue to commit awful acts even if Jessica was locked away. After all, how many like her has Jessica come across just this season? Having said that, seeing Jessica struggle to come to terms with her difficult position was interesting to watch and it became clear that the heavy burden of being pursued by Kilgrave was starting to take its toll on her well-being. We also got to see Jessica’s guilt as she tried to console Robyn, who has no idea her brother was murdered. AKA Top Shelf Perverts continued to demonstrate that Jessica just wants to do the right thing even if that means being locked away with serial killers and perverts. Despite attempts to intervene from her friends, Jessica decides that is a risk worth taking in order to absolve herself from anymore death.

Jessica Jones: AKA Top Shelf Perverts Review

We also got to see Trish’s mother this episode.

Trish and especially Malcolm tried their best to change Jessica’s mind this episode. Granted, it was a pretty terrible plan and it was cool to see Malcolm doing his best to repay her for essentially saving his life. Trish also tried to talk Jessica down while simultaneously distracting her so Malcolm could dispose of Ruben’s body. She also tried to enlist Will who had now managed to track down Kilgrave with some detective work from Trish. Now, Kilgrave is someone is clearly dangerous and, from this week’s evidence alone, deranged. However, I can’t understand Will’s decision to keep his location a secret, he’s probably trying to protect Trish but it seems strange that he’d keep such vital information to himself. It will be interesting to see how he reacts to Jessica willingly going to Kilgrave at her old house.

Finally, let’s talk about that scene in the police station. Those who’ve seen the trailer for this show may remember seeing a snippet from this episode where the cops are pointing weapons at one another. It became clear that Kilgrave knew what Jessica was up to (who is following her now?) but it almost doesn’t matter because Kilgrave has an obsession with Jessica, it turns out he thinks they are soul mates. The disturbed look on Jessica’s face suggests she thinks otherwise. David Tennant gave a really good performance this scene (he plays deranged well) and as he strolled out of the police station with Ruben’s head in a bag, I couldn’t help but think: what a twisted and watchable villain. He’s certainly one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s best antagonist. Seeing the whole precinct burst into laughter was also dark and a little creepy. It’s interesting to see Kilgrave control Jessica in different ways, Jessica recognises she might have to play along…for now.

Jessica Jones: AKA Top Shelf Perverts Review

It remains to be seen if Jessica has some sort of plan or if giving herself up to Kilgrave is her way of keeping her friends safe. Either way it will be fascinating to see what comes of their strange relationship now. AKA Top Shelf Perverts was a very enjoyable episode and despite my lack of understanding when it comes to Will’s solitude there were some great moments in there. Jessica’s discovery of Ruben’s body (worst hangover ever), her climbing to the top of a bridge in New York and those final few scenes in the police station helped to elevate this episode to one of Jessica Jones‘s best.

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