Jessica Jones s1e10: AKA 1,000 Cuts

Rating: 4/10

As Officer Simpson goes from being a minor annoyance to a full-fledge supervillain, Jessica realizes she’s immune to Kilgrave’s powers and tries to reason with him. But, after a few people acting particularly stupid, Kilgrave kidnaps most of the minor characters in order to get Jessica to see things from his perspective.

I don’t usually spoil things, and I don’t want to here but this is at least minor spoilers if you don’t want to know anything about the episode at all, then you might want to watch it first:

A lot of the character deaths in this episode didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. I feel it’s more of a systematic writing out most of the side plots by just killing off the main character associated with that particular storyline. It’s very strange that it all happens in one episode as well. But there’s so many of them, one death right after another, that I’m just desensitized by the time the “major character” death happens at the end. And, if there’s any proof that Jessica should have just murdered Kilgrave when she got the chance, this episode basically proves it.

I enjoyed the first half of this episode. It was exciting and, most importantly, well-written. But then something is revealed by accident and the Kilgrave Support Group decides, almost unanimously, that they should attack Jessica Jones. This is convenient for Kilgrave because he’d just been tied up by her, so they free him thinking he’s thinking Jessica’s up to something foul. And it’s plot conveniences just like that which dictates the story for the rest of the episode. It’s just bad writing, plain and simple.


+6: I really liked the first half of this episode, very intense, especially the moments with Simpson and Jessica’s conversation with Kilgrave

-1: Too many deaths all at once make them all meaningless

-1: The last 15 minutes is like a lesson in bad writing, specifically: don’t make things happen because the “plot demands it” work within the story itself to make things happen naturally (or do something else)

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