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FIRST LOOK – “Doctor Who Kawaii” mini-figures by Titan Merchandise

We have an EXCLUSIVE world reveal today, as we are the first people in North America to have our hands on the new Doctor Who KAWAII line by Titan Merchandise. Designed by Kelly Yates, this mini-figure series includes all 12 doctors and the war doctor (this was in production before the incoming doctor was revealed), and we are giving you the scoop on how these vinyl toys look in person! I can tell you, these are 100% worth getting your hands on when they come out!

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“Doctor Who: Gallifrey Collection” 10th Doctor Titans Vinyl unboxing & Review

It’s time for another unboxing, and this week we have some more Who for you!

On this episode, we unbox the “Doctor Who: Gallifrey Collection” of the 10th Doctor from Titans Vinyl. This wave includes the Doctor, his companions, and many other good guys, bad guys, and chaotic neutrals that this time lord met while under the guise of David Tennant. Is this worth grabbing for the Whovian in your life? Check out the review to see.

David Tennant and Catherine Tate return to “Doctor Who” in audio dramas

Bowties are cool, but this timelord with a snazzy fashion sense will not be seen – only heard.

The tenth doctor, David Tennant, and his companion Donna Noble AKA actress Catherine Tate will be returning to their roles this May in a series of audio dramas from Big Finish. With the release drawing closer and closer, the company unveiled a sneak peek of the first play on Soundcloud, and now you can listen to it and get chills like I did.

The trailer features clips from all three episodes in the series, “Time Reaver”, “Technophobia” and “Death and the Queen”. The scariest part is that I can totally see these in my imagination as if they were episodes on TV, and I think that is the strongest compliment that I could give an audio drama like this. If you are skeptical like me, you will flip out after you give this a listen.

The Tenth Doctor Adventures: Volume 1 will be available from BigFinish.com in May. The CD set will cost around $42, while the digital version will be $25.

“Marvel’s Jessica Jones” Season 1, Episode 6 Review – “AKA You’re A Winner!”

Just when things couldn’t get any worse for Jessica, they explode into a million tiny pieces with another missile headed for her at breakneck speed. Welcome to episode six of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” titled “AKA You’re A Winner!”

Last time on “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”, Jessica successfully took out Kilgrave with the help of Trish and Officer Simpson (once those two took a break from banging), but The Purple Man had the upper hand on them and his team of hired thugs rescued him. Jessica confronted Malcolm about Kilgrave’s control over him, and was able to help him start to kick his drug habit, but at the cost of giving in to Kilgrave’s demands that instead of having photos shot of her, she would directly send him one image a day.

At the start of this episode, we watch Kilgrave be victorious in a high stakes poker match against some unsavory characters. While he had no problem controlling the waitresses and most of the players to make them do things, he seemed to have some trepidation when it came to money and numbers. Either way, The Purple Man walked out of the match 1.26 million dollars and richer, and has given us a question that we will get an answer to by the end of this hour.

Back in the office of Alias Investigations, Jessica is hanging out with a recovering Malcolm, who seems to be coming along well since we last saw him. No longer in withdrawal and ready to help, Malcolm wants to meet with the Kilgrave Interaction Survivor Society (or KISS as I like to call them) to set up a profile of Kilgrave and his abilities, while Jessica just wants to kill him. A knock on the door interrupts their meeting, as Luke Cage walks back into Jessica’s life and wants to hire her to help him find a missing person in some illegal financial debt as a favor for a friend of his who has info on the murder of Luke’s wife. This causes great stress for Jessica, since it turns out that she had a hand in killing her while under the influence of Kilgrave.

Meanwhile, we learn what happened to Hope at the end of the last episode when she was beaten by her fellow inmates. With Jeri’s help, Jessica does some investigating of her own to see if Kilgrave is coming after her. After beating up Sissy Garcia, the ringleader of the gang, Jessica learns that Hope was actually the person that hired Sissy to rough her up. Her goal? To cause a miscarriage for the baby that she is carrying, fathered by the rapist named Kilgrave. Yikes.

Jessica offers to help her and tries once again to remind her that it’s not her fault, but Hope is not in a place of great faith at the moment. Through the assistance of Jeri and her huge wallet, Jessica is able to get Hope a drug to cause a miscarriage, and leaves her in the hands of Jeri to watch over her while it does its work. Speaking of, Jeri proposes to her secretary Pam, who is flattered but insists that first she gets her divorce finalized. The hold-up is still Jeri’s ex-wife refusing to sign the papers, and she is still waiting for Jessica to dig up any dirt on her to make it happen faster. More on Jeri later…

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Jessica begins her investigation with Luke, starting at the home of the missing Antoine. She finds his phone number and using her sleuthing skills AKA dumpster diving, finds that Antoine enters many contests. She impersonates one of those contests and tells Antoine over the phone that he won an XBOX One (sounds like he lost if you ask me). Luke confirms her suspicions that this is not Antoine since he has the wrong voice, and the two head out to the address to catch their man. Before they can do that, they are confronted by a loan shark (Jessica believes they are Kilgrave’s men at first but is quickly corrected by them), the one whom Antoine owes money to. Luke volunteers his and Jessica’s services to team up and find the buy, much to her disapproval, but her attitude changes once she rides off with Luke on his motorcycle, her hands wrapped around his waist (and ‘dem abs).

After Luke drops Jessica off at her apartment, Malcolm walks onto the scene and warns Luke not to hurt her. Luke picks up on this and asks if it has anything to do with Kilgrave, and Malcolm spills the beans about him with her. Minutes later, Luke goes back up to Jessica’s apartment and confronts her about what happened, and she breaks down to insult herself. Luke comforts her and tells her “You’re not a piece of shit,” and the two embrace and resign to another session of super-powered bed breaking.

Before things can get too personal, Jessica remembers that she has to take a photo for Kilgrave to protect Malcolm. Being a few minutes late, Kilgrave reminds her of that and warns her not to miss that deadline again.

Jessica and Luke track down “Antoine”, or at least the person pretending to be him, and follow him to a warehouse. Side by side, they tackle the drug-den, filled with weed. “Sweet Christmas”, Luke exclaims as he sees the stash, using that phrase for the second time in this series (forgot to count it the first time because I wasn’t sure if it would happen again). The pair find the real Antoine, who says he was going to come home once he became an “entrepreneur” from selling his weed and pay back the loan sharks, but this happy reunion is interrupted when the loan shark bursts in and wants to get what he is owed with interest. Going up against two people with super-strength is not a bright idea, and the duo clean house the best they can. Luke gets overwhelmed by the numbers, and Jessica abandons Luke with the kidnapped Antoine in tow.

Back at the clients house, Jessica dumps Antoine and gets the info that Luke wanted moments before he arrives. Afraid that Luke will discover that Jessica was responsible, she tries to talk him out of reading it, but to no avail. Surprisingly, the info that this client had for Luke was related to the bus driver who hit Reva, who was revealed to have been drunk at the time of the accident. The MTA covered this tidbit up because the driver knew someone with enough authority to hide that, and he is still operating the same bus to this day. Luke goes after him, intending to kill him, with Jessica not far behind ready to stop him.

Luke finds the driver and wastes no time tossing him out of the bus… through the glass window in the front of it. Jessica shows up just in time to stop him, but Luke refuses to listen and is ready to murder him for what he did to his wife. In an act of desperation, a tearful Jessica admits that she was the one that killed Reva. Not sure what to do, Luke smashes the bus and looks Jessica dead in the eyes to say, “I was wrong. You are a piece of shit.”

Heartbroken once more, Jessica breaks down in her apartment and tries to gain her composure, chanting the mantra that she has said since the first episode. “Birch Street, Higgins Drive…,” her coping mechanism to handle her anxiety attacks.

At the KISS meeting, Malcolm is eloquently explaining his situation and how Kilgrave got him hooked on drugs and whether or not he would have turned to them without his help. In a matter of days, Malcolm has taken control back of himself and is already doing some serious self-introspection. Back in the detention center, Hope is still in the process of having her miscarriage. While she is busy with that, Jeri informs the nurse in charge (with a hefty bribe) that she is purchasing that dead fetus for reasons yet to be explained. Back in Trish’s apartment, she is still unhappy about her performance during the attack on Kilgrave, and begins to load her gifted revolver.

Over in New Jersey, the Purple Man has purchased a house from a tenant, but seems to not be using his powers quite as much, especially when it comes to money. Perhaps a weakness is being shown here? The most important question is what does Kilgrave need with an old house in Jersey? The answer is uncovered as he strips away the wallpaper in one of the rooms, revealing height marks for a growing child by the name of “Jessica”. The location of the house – Birch Street and Higgins Drive.

Episode six has left Jessica more broken than ever, and while we have more answers about her past, they have opened up more holes in her heart. How she will reconcile with Luke is anybody’s guess at this point. What is Purple Man planning to do now that he has Jessica’s childhood home? Your guess is good as mine. What is going on with Jeri’s marriage and the dead fetus, and how does any of this relate to Jessica Jones? What will happen to Ruben and his banana bread that he brought to her in this episode? I doubt we will get too many resolutions to this in the next episode as Jessica continues to try and not spiral into complete depression, but the only way to find out is to come back next time when we look at episode seven, “AKA Top Shelf Perverts.”

“Marvel’s Jessica Jones” Season 1, Episode 4 Review – “AKA 99 Friends”

Welcome to the fourth episode of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”, and my first attempt at a better recap & analysis for you faithful readers.

When we last left Jessica Jones, our heroine had gotten her hands on the drug she needed to defeat Kilgrave (after abandoning her drug addict friend, Malcolm) and managed to piss him off thanks to Trish’s radio show, but also track him down after he attempted to off her buddy. Unfortunately, she was unable to confront him for more than a second, but as a result of this encounter, she learned that he has been stalking her every action for quite some time. In the end, she broke up with Luke Cage (again) and has become a lone wolf as she tries to figure out who else is under the control of the Purple Man.

At the start of this episode, Jessica finds herself more alone than ever, and “AKA 99 Friends” is a real roller coaster of emotions when it comes to the subject of relationships. We have already seen in the past three episodes how much trouble Jessica has with forming and holding onto intimate personal relationships, both friendly and romantic. She has become very self-independent, a burden that was forced upon her due to her circumstances. This episode deals with that from her point of view, juxtaposing it with other characters in similar situations to show they handle their relationships after the abuses they suffered.

Jones is on the hunt for the mystery photographer that is working for the Purple Man, but her mission is sidetracked when she gets a new client that wants her to follow her husband and catch him in the act of cheating. To make matters worse, Jeri also wants to cash in the favor that Jessica owes her by having her tail her ex-wife to see if she can dig up dirt on her. Trish is also still recovering from her assault at the hands of Sgt. Simpson, the police officer who was under mind control that Jones beat up and later saved from death.

In spite of the threat of the Purple Man looming over her, more people are showing up that claimed to have had interactions with him. Jones is put in charge of deciphering who has actually met him and who did not – the stories the people told of being under his influence were appropriately chilling. Jones forms a circle of survivors, and essentially creates a support group for them all to stay in contact with each other, even though she certainly doesn’t see it that way. While Jessica might not yet be able to help herself entirely, she is able to reflect what she wants onto others for their own good, and in this case, Jessica is being a hero. However, as we learn later, not everyone sees her as a hero.

Trish deals with her own demons in this episode, as Office Simpson returns to the scene of his crime to try and make sense of what has happened. Jessica does her best to help him understand, and in doing so gains a new ally in her search for Kilgrave’s whereabouts. Simpson manages to get her access to the NYPD surveillance footage to see if Jessica can ID the photog, which turns out to be a dead end for most of the episode.

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In the meantime, Simpson heads back once more to Trish’s home to apologize and offer her a gift – a handgun. Wary of the man that once tried to kill her a day earlier, she hides behind her fortress as the two begin to talk and she eventually lets him inside, her hand on the gun the entire time as she converses and laughs with the officer.

Back on the case, Jessica suspects her new client being under the Purple Man’s power, and does her best to dig up info on her to prove whether or not this is true (even discovering her practicing her shooting in a warehouse for unknown reasons). As Jessica gets closer to the truth and finds the location of her hubby, she uncovers that there was no mistress at all and it was a set-up after all. This time, it’s not because of Kilgrave, but because her client hates super-powered people, and blames her kind for the death of her mother during “the incident” AKA the events in “The Avengers” movie. It’s this scene that gives an odd catharsis for Jessica, who tells the client that she can’t take her pain out on other people while destroying the apartment. She also tells her that there are 99 other people like her that she knows, and if this crazed woman doesn’t leave New York by the next day, she and her 99 friends will make sure she does.

That bit of self-therapy leads Jessica to join the Kilgrave Interaction Survivors Society that she started (or KISS for short), and while keeping a good physical distance away from them, listens to their experiences. In doing so, she discovers info from one of them who directly helped chauffeur Kilgrave around the city to pick up the photos from the sneaky photographer. While he never saw the person’s face, he was able to tell her about the blue & white scarf that he saw the guy wear, and with that bit of info Jessica checks out the surveillance footage one more time to discover the identity of her stalker – her neighbor, Malcolm.

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The fourth episode has kept the momentum going of this series, and while we have some mysteries solved, new ones keep popping up. What will happen with the budding relationship between Simpson and Trish? If we learned anything from “Daredevil”, it’s that the most harmless and lovable characters are the quickest to kill, and I greatly fear that Trish will lose her life before the end of this season.

Is Malcolm really under the spell of Kilgrave, or is he just using something else to control him without needing to employ his powers? What will happen to KISS? My theory on that – they’re all going to die horrible deaths at each others hands once Kilgrave finds out about it, but not before he uses them to screw with Jessica first.

This was the first episode with no Luke Cage in it, which was sad, but I am hoping that changes soon and they are able to make up. As we have seen in the previous episodes, Jessica is a very closed person because of what happened to her. With Luke, she felt safe and was able to let her guard down. With KISS, she gave it a try and that alone is an accomplishment for her, and I am hopeful that this is not the last time we see that group explored. The story within this story was the ability to trust again, with Trish being the opposite of Jessica at this time – able to forgive and let go to try again. The KISS group is the middle ground, working to recover but not quite there yet. It’s a complex web right now for the characters of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”, and the ride will certainly continue to stay bumpy before it gets smooth.

Next time, we head into the fifth episode to see what goes down in “AKA The Sandwich Saved Me”!

“Marvel’s Jessica Jones” Season 1, Episode 3 Review – “AKA It’s Called Whiskey”

When we last saw our favorite heavy-drinking super-strong sleuth, Jessica got info on the Purple Man’s weakness, Hope has a lawyer to get her out of trouble after killing her parents under Purple Man’s influence, and Jones discovered that the bartender she has a crush on also has super-strength and unbreakable skin. Where will this episode lead? Let’s find out!

Episode three starts up immediately after the last one, with Jessica still in shock over Luke’s abilities, but also incredibly aroused. The two strip down and play with each other, before having some passionate sex that, unlike the first time, actually has emotion behind it. Jessica has opened up to Luke, not just physically but on an emotional level, and the difference is in the scene (go watch it on Netflix, this site has a rating of PG-13).

After being interrupted by the upstairs hipster, the pair go out for a bite to eat and to discuss their powers. When Luke asks if there is anyone else like them, Jessica gets uncomfortable and locks herself back up for a moment, Kilgrave on her mind. Luke gets her back on track and we learn that he got his powers from an experiment, and that they both hide their abilities so that they don’t put a “target on their backs”. Jessica also explains that she tried being a “hero” once but it didn’t work out, alluding to what happened with Hope and how it went sour. Cage gives her some good advice, telling her “The way I see it, most people got both going on, just depends which part wins that day.” Apparently, good advice leads to arousal as the two head to Luke’s apartment for more sexy times, which includes Luke’s bed breaking as she goes for a ride. Hawt.

After their sexy fun-times, Jessica goes into Luke’s bathroom, and for whatever reason, begrudgingly looks inside his medicine cabinet again. There, she finds the same photo that she saw the last time of a woman, this time triggering a brief flashback from Jessica. Luke walks in and explains that she died, which Jessica already knows. She apologizes as her eyes become glassy, but before she can shed a tear, she runs away from him and gets back to work (but not before buying a bottle of whiskey, her favorite place to hide).

In her office, Jessica looks up the Sufentanil Propofil that we learned about in episode two while listening to newscasters talk about Hope’s case in horrible ways, wondering if it really is possible for someone who has suffered under Purple Man’s control to really forgive themselves for what they did, even if they were not aware of what was happening.

Jessica confronts Jeri Hogarth about the negative press, and Jeri fires back by asking about Jessica being one of Kilgrave’s victims, which she told Hope in private. Jessica does not want to testify about this, but says there are plenty of other broken people out there that he left behind. Unless Jessica brings them in, Jeri says she will have to testify, so now Jessica has to track down his victims and the Purple Man himself, all while ignoring Luke’s texts.

Jessica visits Trish to ask for her help, by using her TV show as an outlet to discuss Kilgrave’s powers, but Trish refuses since no one would take it seriously. Disappointed that Jessica is using her once again, Trish says farewell until she learns that Jessica needs to get some drugs – specifically the ones to take down Kilgrave. Before they can get too deep in that convo, Jessica notices the bruises on Trish from her training, and Trish reveals that she has fortified her house in case of any emergency and has turned Jessica’s old room into a training gym (we learn that they were former roommates and that Jessica used to protect Trish from someone else, in particular it is hinted that her mother is the culprit here).

Fast forward to a clinic, where Jessica meets Wendy Ross-Hogarth, a “somewhat flexible” doctor AKA Jeri Hogarth’s wife who is now in the process of divorcing her due to catching her cheating. Jones attempts to manipulate Wendy into getting the prescription, but instead gets one for an anti-psychotic for Jones to use on herself. Unable to use her words to get what she needs, Jones considers robbing a hospital to get it, but reconsiders when she sees an armed guard and an expecting mother inside.

On her way back home, Jessica runs into drug-addict Malcolm, who is higher than a kite and about to get beat-up by a hipster on a bike. Jessica rescues him from the cyclist, and while it’s not necessarily an important scene, it is one to remind us of something useful for 20 minutes from now.

Later that day, Trish tells Jessica that she is doing a live interview by satellite with Hope, which Jessica is unhappy with, worried that they will drag her through the mud more than she already has been, and more concerned that Kilgrave will see it and do something.

The story of Luke & Jessica continues as Jones apologizes to Cage, then immediately asking if he knows how to get drugs. Jones’ intimacy and trust issues are making this relationship troublesome, as she is already doing to Luke what she has done to Trish… difference being that her and Trish don’t have sex afterwards. Their post-coital pillow talk leads Luke to flat-out asking her why she is constantly holding things back from him, and the two have one of their most meaningful conversations to date. Jessica is beginning to trust Luke enough to open up emotionally, and sort of explains her trauma and the Purple Man situation, but not quite giving him the full story – not yet, anyway.

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Back in the jail, Trish interviews Hope who tells the world about Kilgrave and his mind control powers. Unfortunately, Jeri dismisses these allegations as delusions, much to Trish and Jessica’s surprise. As Trish tries to defend the idea of this super-powered psychic, Jessica begins to panic and destroys her mic to stop her from talking any further. Unfortunately, Trish refuses to relent and takes calls from her listener – one of whom happens to be Kilgrave, in the flesh. Hope and Jessica recognize the chilling voice, and we can see Jones beginning to stumble under this new development. Jones is paranoid, and that seems to have rubbed off on Trish, who attacks a fan when she gets too close to her.

Jessica continues her quest to get the drug to stop Kilgrave, and does this by bringing a highly drugged-up Malcolm to the hospital to use as a distraction. After tossing him into a nurse, she breaks into a drug cabinet and gets her hands on the drugs, but abandons Malcolm there now that she what she needs.

Meanwhile, Trish has her own troubles when a police offer comes by her house to “investigate” the fan she attacked earlier. Trish’s spidey sense tingles, and she prepares for the worst when she allows him to enter her home. Before he even sets foot, a fight breaks out between them, and Trish holds her own. She even uses a triangle choke off her back when he attacks her, but had she remembered to hook his leg she might not have gotten slammed by the cop to get out of it. I am disappointed that she did not switch to an armbar once he started choking her, considering she knew a triangle choke, but Jessica makes the save and beats down the cop. Unfortunately, she is too late… or so she makes the cop believe by injecting her with the drug she just stole to make her play dead. The cop walks away, mission accomplished, and tells Jessica that he doesn’t want to shoot her, since “he says it’s not your time.”

Jessica plants a tracking device on the cop and follows him back to Kilgrave’s lair, where she prepares to attack him. Unfortunately, her plans are changed when Kilgrave orders the cop to kill himself, and in act of heroism, Jones prevents him from committing suicide. This brings Jones face to face with Kilgrave for the first time since the accident. Seeing his face brings us the full flashback of what happened to cause much of her PTSD, as a bewitched Jessica kills a woman for Kilgrave. When she goes to check on him, against the orders of Kilgrave, he walks in front of a bus which had supposedly killed him.

The cop safe from harm (after Jessica knocks him out), the Purple Man makes his escape and uses the denizens of the house where he is staying at to defend him. Jessica makes her way through the hellhouse and finds his room – filled with photos of her all over the city. Now there’s a new mystery afoot – who is following Jessica for Kilgrave?

With nowhere to turn, Jessica goes to Luke’s house and attempts to break up with him over her issues, but Luke believes it is because of his “issues” AKA the picture in his bathroom, which we now learn is of his dead wife. Heartbroken, alone, and more paranoid than ever now that she knows someone else is keeping an eye on her, Jessica’s life just got a lot more complicated as we come to the close of episode three.

And so ends the third episode of “Jessica Jones”, and the last time I do an overly verbose review like this. The series is staying strong three episodes in, and I am really loving the cast and the writing in the show. Jessica Jones has become a very complex individual, portraying super-strength in a believable way, despite her small stature. Moreso, her ability to show her ever-changing state of mind is great insight to the character of Jessica Jones and what makes her tick. It’s not an easy role to play, and I think Krysten Ritter is doing a great job so far. I look forward to seeing more of Mike Colter and Rachael Taylor as well, and of course, the more Tennant, the better.

Next time, prepare for a more concise analysis as we take a look at “AKA 99 Friends”!

“Marvel’s Jessica Jones” Season 1, Episode 2 Review “AKA Crush Syndrome”

Welcome back to NerdNewsToday’s review series for “Jessica Jones” season 1 on Netflix! Last time, we met Jones and got a taste of what the Purple Man can do. Jessica has made some incredibly tough decisions already in the first episode, and I am curious to see what is going to happen after the craziness of the pilot (and hopefully this time I can give some more insight on the characters and start doing what I do best – over-analyzing).

We kick off episode two with Jones being questioned by a cop after the shooting that concluded the first episode. The police has decided that Jones might be responsible for this incident and try to prove her guilt, including breaking into her office and taking some of those scandalous photos she took of Maybe Luke Cage from the last episode. Like a true badass, Jones storms out of the office and tells them they have nothing on her.

She heads over to Maybe Luke Cage’s bar, entering just as the cops have left and already done their business with him, and pretty much ruins any chances she had of making amends with him, especially after she reveals that she was following him for a case by the husband of the woman who he made love to in the first episode. Jessica resigns herself to being alone, especially now that Kilgrave is back out there – an interesting correlation for her to make and a hint at her PTSD state of mind. She can’t allow herself to have a normal relationship because of the hold that the Purple Man still has over her, so these two ideas are very closely tied together.

Back at the precinct, Jones visits Hope who is still possibly under the spell of Kilgrave or beginning to suffer from her own PTSD, and very reluctant to say anything negative about him. Hope tells her that Jessica was his favorite and he wants her back, especially after all of the “suffering” she put him through. “You should probably kill yourself,” Hope tells her after saying there is nothing she can do stop him and the terrible things he will make her to do to herself. Without missing a beat, Jones replies, “Probably, but I’m the only person who knows you are innocent.”

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Jessica returns to Hogarth’s office, ignoring her secretary/lover Pam who tells Jeri her wife is on the line (where is this sub-plot going?), and tries to convince them to take her case. Hogarth refuses, saying there is no precedent for it and there is no way that Jessica can prove that a mind-controller is out there. Jones gets Hogarth to accept the case on the grounds that she will owe her a favor, and that she can convince her. As Jones walks out, Pam returns to inform Jeri that her wife knows about their affair. Guess we know where this is headed.

Important line worth noting in this scene, Jeri tells Jessica to get a massage, and she responds, “Massages make me tense.” Physical contact can often be very difficult for someone with PTSD related to sexual abuse, so perhaps this is a nugget of info related to more about what Kilgrave did to her.

On her way back, Jessica runs into Trish who wants to know what’s going on. “I don’t have feelings,” Jessica tells her (another important line for a person suffering from PTSD), but Trish does not accept that as an answer and follows her back to her office that is still in disrepair since the first episode. There, Jessica reveals that she wants to stop Kilgrave, and will “die” before he lets her control him again, which is what Trish is afraid of. Trish invites her to move into her safer home, but Jones angrily rebukes it, saying that she can not trust anyone because of what Kilgrave can do, especially not someone who “was her best friend”, which insults Trish but not enough for her to quit on Jones. Not until Jessica tells her that she can not risk losing her, and successfully pushes her friend out of her life. Before leaving, Jones tells Trish that her door used to say “Alias Investigations” on it before it broke, which Trish admits to liking as she shuts the door.

Using the Purple Man in conjunction her PTSD is a perfect analogy of this form of PTSD stemming from an antagonist that makes a person do things they do not want to do by exerting extreme control over them. The Purple Man’s powers are that of an abusive relationship, and Jones is certainly not emotionally or ready to handle this yet, still angry at herself and not entirely believing that what occurred was truly not her fault.

Back at the bar, Maybe Luke Cage confronts his married lover and tells her that he knows what is going on and kicks the woman out of his bar. Perhaps all hope is not yet lost for these star-crossed lovers?

Inside her office, Jessica goes through old newspaper clippings related to Kilgrave, interrupted once again by her upstairs neighbors who I neglected to mention from the first episode. This time, Jones heads up there to quiet them down, and that is the end of that for now (what significance they will hold, time will tell). I also forgot to mention Malcolm, a recovering drug addict that lives in her building that seems to only be there for occasional comic relief, which means he will probably do something uber-important eventually.

Back in the newspaper clippings, Jessica reveals a flashback of an accident that happened while under the Purple Man’s control, resulting in him being hit by a bus. Was Jessica trying to commit suicide to escape his control and ended up having him accidentally get hurt instead?

Jessica goes to investigate more about what happened that night, and heads to the hospital where they took Kilgrave the night of the incident. Impersonating a nurse, she discovers that Kilgrave was not listed in the emergency room records, but discovers another person who survived. Returning to her office, she accidentally injures a person that Trish sent to fix her apartment door and finally manages to insult Trish enough that she hangs up on her.

Continuing her search for info, Jessica hops on a subway, triggering another flashback of the Purple Man intruding on her life that freaks her out enough to smash a window on the train. Arriving at her destination, she searches for Jack Denton and finds him – disabled and on dialysis. Unable to speak, he scribbles the letters “KIL” into paper, jumping to the conclusion that he is trying to say “Kilgrave”, but in reality, he writes “KILL ME.”

Jones attempts to track down the anonymous donor that bought Jack the dialysis machine, and runs into the upstairs hipsters again on her way in, the female not too happy with her while the male is slightly enamored. Back in her office, the lady that Jones caught with Luke (whom she names Luke, so now we officially can stop calling him Maybe Luke Cage) confronts Jessica and informs her that her husband and his rugby team are headed for Luke’s bar to rough him up. I think I know where this is going, he says with a smile on his face!

Jones runs over to the bar, just in time to see Luke single-handedly take down the entire team, although Jessica helps too. The pair reveal their powers to each other, with Jessica using her super-strength to beat down the attackers and Luke surviving stabbing attempts with his nigh-invulnerable skin. Even after helping, Luke kicks her out of the bar, but I get the feeling this is not the last time we will see them together, especially after Jessica learned that bit of info.

The next morning, Jones obtains the info on the dialysis machine, and heads to the office of the doctor who gave it to Jack, Doctor Karada. She tracks him down to a medical school where he runs away upon first sight of her. Afraid of Kilgrave, the doctor reveals that he was forced to do the operation on Jack to give his kidneys to the Purple Man due to him suffering from “crush syndrome”. She also learns his weakness – the potential to put him out from anesthesia, specifically sufentanil propofol. Jones calls Hogarth and gets him to confess everything to her, and Hogarth takes the case to try and get Hope out of jail.

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Back in the office, Jessica is feeling pretty good about herself, and discovers that Trish sent her a new window for her door, complete with her logo on it. Jones calls Trish to thank her and rekindles her friendship, unbeknownst to Jessica that Trish is training self-defense secretly to protect herself, and possibly to protect Jessica.

Meanwhile, a shadowy figure talks his way into apartment 12B, the home of one of Trish’s personal assistants, and announces that he is moving in with them. He convinces the children to lock themselves in their closet, and takes control of the house. The Purple Man is closer than ever to Jessica now, and she doesn’t even know it. This is symbolized in the next shot as Jessica brushes her teeth and a roach that she saw in her home earlier crawls back out from her sink.

Luke shows up in her apartment to tell Jessica what he saw, which she denies seeing. To prove his point, Luke takes a circular saw to his tight abs, which do nothing to him. “You can’t fix me,” he tells her as Jessica looks on in shock, “I’m unbreakable.”

END OF EPISODE TWO

Well, hot damn, the secret is out and Jessica has found someone that she might feel comfortable trusting! Her sex scene with Luke in episode one was steamy, but emotionless since Jones was still locking herself up on the inside. Now, with new info on Kilgrave and a new ally as well, things are looking up for Jessica Jones. That means, of course, that there is only one place for them to go from here – down.

See you next time for the third episode, “AKA It’s Called Whiskey”, when we see what awaits the private eye as her crusade against Kilgrave continues.

“Marvel’s Jessica Jones” Season 1, Episode 1 Review “AKA Ladies Night”

I know very, very, very little about Jessica Jones, and when I heard that Marvel had joined up with Netflix to produce a TV show about her, I was surprised. After hearing the news, I decided to stay ignorant about who she was. With Netflix’s Daredevil show, I already knew a ton about ole’ Horn-head because I am a big fan of the books and have been for a long time. Jessica Jones is a character that I know exists in the same world as the street-level heroes, but I never read her books and know next to nothing about her. Heck, I don’t even know if she has any powers, and for that reason I am looking forward to experiencing this show with no prior knowledge or thoughts about the character. Furthermore, I stayed away from all pre-show spoilers, most casting announcements, and any possible piece of news that may have filled me in on something that I would rather be surprised about. In other words, I am coming into this show 100% fresh and with zero expectations, and that makes this the perfect show for me to review. As part of this series, I must add that I will be writing these reviews immediately after watching each episode, so that I stay just as confused and shocked as the rest of you when something happens. Without further ado, let’s get started and try to figure out the puzzle that is “Jessica Jones”.

Before we get to the show itself, I have to comment on these opening credits. As they start, it reminded me of those PBS Mystery shows, with a very classy and jazzy intro alongside a colorful but grim animation sequence. As it continues, the music picks up steam and takes on a life of its own, and this was pretty exciting. I can venture a guess that this show is about solving mysteries, and if the intro is any indication, this is going to be a wild ride.

We kick the episode off with some rather cliched monologue from Jessica (Krysten Ritter) as she spies on a cheating couple and snaps shots of them. She reports back to her client, who gets justifiably pissed, but unjustifiably at Jones. Her response to his tirade – smashing his head through a glass window. Jones is clearly a tough customer who takes crap from no one, whether they pay her or not. Immediately, we get a sense of what this show will be like – a modern film-noir private eye story, and I am immediately a fan.

We rapidly learn that Jones does indeed have powers, super-strength and super-jumpy abilities (I don’t know what you want to call it, but she jumps really high). She uses these powers to help her on cases, and to stalk hot dudes like that hunky barkeeper that may or may not be Luke Cage (Mike Colter) making love to a woman in his home above the bar. While on a stake-out one night stalking this man from a fire escape, she suddenly gets accosted by a creepy shadowed figure who disappears just as fast as he appeared.

I knew David Tennant was in the show, but I didn’t know who he played. It took all of three seconds for me to figure it out – he was The Purple Man. It was a flawless intro for this bizarre character, from the lighting change to the sudden appearance out of the corner of your screen. The Purple Man was never the toughest of villains, and is a main part of Daredevil’s rogues gallery, but being played by Tennant has turned him into a serious threat. Every thing about him is perfectly evil, and as the episode progressed we got a taste of who he is, and how much that has screwed up Jones.

Jessica takes on a case from parents of a girl from Omaha, in search of their daughter Hope. As Jones investigates, she rapidly learns that the Purple Man (AKA Kilgrave) is behind this abduction, and that leads us to the biggest revelation in the first episode -Jessica’s PTSD. Upon realizing what is going on, Jones goes to visit an old friend/ celebrity TV star Trish (Rachael Taylor), who at first is reluctant to believe this man is back since “she saw him die”. It’s Trish that talks Jones back into facing her fears and using her powers to rescue someone, instead of another person being mentally destroyed in the same way that Jones was by him.

In between this search, Jones runs into the barkeeper (whose name is not revealed in this episode) and steps in for a drink (or twenty), ending up in bed with the guy in a pretty hot (and rough) sex scene. Their bouncy-bounce time over, Jessica checks out his bathroom and discovers the photo of another woman in his medicine cabinet, and walks out on him before either of them says another word.

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The rescue sequence where Jones retrieves the college girl is terrifying, watching the POV of a person suffering from serious mental hurdles who must push through these issues to prevent it from happening to someone else. The glints of the Purple Man haunting Jones’ mind is unsettling, and draws serious tensions from practically nothing happening, demonstrating visually the power he still has over her through her PTSD. What led to all of that has yet to be revealed, but I look forward with curious trepidation on learning more about her past.

Jessica rescues the reluctant Hope, too afraid to move out of fear that Kilgrave will harm her, and reunites her with her parents. The reunion doesn’t last long, as Hope goes back into a trance and shoots both of her parents before crumbling to her knees, crying in confusion and pain. Jones walks away with her head hung in shame of failure, giving up on Hope and Kilgrave and deciding to run away, but something stops her dead in her tracks. Whatever that something is, that heroism inside of her, causes her to turn back around and continue to face her fears, whether or not she can actually do anything to make herself feel better or not.

Also, have to ask – what was up with the random lesbian action from Jones’ employer, Jeri Hogarth? Is the Purple Man going to a part of this love triangle somehow and use it as a way to get to Jessica?

Possible Easter Egg: When Jessica is hanging out inside the bar with Maybe Luke Cage, she deduces that a gentlemen there ate buffalo wings four years ago, and Luke tells her that his name was Melvin. Could this be Melvin Potter AKA The Gladiator (who we saw in Daredevil, but not yet as Gladiator)?

Debut episodes are always tough to write reviews for, mainly because you have no idea where things are going to go, and you have to sift through a lot of exposition to introduce elements and characters. “Jessica Jones” is no different, but it’s a very strong start that has given me just enough to intrigue, excite, and hook me. I love the cinematography in this episode, and wonder how the rest of the serious will look as well. It feels like a gritty 1970’s movie, as if it was shot on film, with a voyeuristic lens. The camera is typically obscured or hiding behind something – a fence, a window, all sorts of barricades to show that kind of life that Jessica lives inside her head and out in real life.

Jones is a troubled character, certainly not a hero yet but trying to define who she is to herself, lost in her dark hole that is PTSD that she hides in with her penchant for heavy drinking. She hides in a bottle, trying to numb her pain, and when confronted with the idea that her old stalker might be back, her mental trauma takes over. Tennant as the Purple Man is chilling so far, and he has only been on-screen for a total of 10 seconds. After seeing this first episode, I am not ready for her to face him yet and that notion really has me on the edge of my seat and stuck to my computer screen to see the next one.

It’s hard not to compare the show to “Daredevil”, and also unfair, but since the two shows are set in the same world, I would have to say this might be a stronger pilot than DD and I look forward to the future of this show (and hopeful that Matt Murdock and Jessica will run into each other soon). I am also curious to see how the relationship of Maybe Luke Cage and Jones will develop, and when they will actually tell us the identity of this guy, if Jones even knows his name.

Stay tuned next time for whatever trouble Jessica will find herself as we take a look at “AKA Crush Syndrome”!

Doctor Who Vinyl Figures from “Titan Merchandise” at NY Toy Fair 2014

At NY Toy Fair 2014, we met Andrew from the Titans Merchandise booth, who are putting out Doctor Who vinyl toys among other Sci-Fi items and t-shirts. Coming all the way from the UK to NYC, Titans has big plans for this year, with their fourth, fifth, and sixth wave of Doctor Who blind box figures all slated through each season. The company also has new six and eight inch deluxe vinyl figures that upscale their original mini figures that look amazing.

Fans can look forward to new creatures in the new blind box line including the Ice Warrior, new companions like Clara and Rory, and the missing doctor with John Hurt as the War Doctor.

Andrew also gave us the scoop on some new licenses that they will be developing this year, including Battlestar Galactica, The Beatles Yellow Submarine, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens VS Predator, and one license that they could not say in the interview since it had just been finalized, but trust me – it’s a good one!