shivver13 (shivver13) wrote,

Episode Five

Small Jessica Jones spoilers behind the cut.

I've been told that parts of the DT fandom has been horrified by Jessica Jones because Kilgrave ruins their memories of the Tenth Doctor. Well, we watched episode five last night, and while I don't share their feelings (yes, I can tell the difference between the actor, one character he plays, and another character he plays), I totally understand why they feel that way.

This is the episode in which we see Kilgrave's and Jessica's first meeting. Jessica has just beaten up a couple of thugs that were mugging the man who would become her neighbor (don't remember his name), and Kilgrave comes up with his two female companions and begins talking to her. As the audience, you know who he is, what he's doing (his conversation meant to engage her for a moment as he works his mind control), and what's going to result from it, so you're already spooked, if not horrified. But the big thing is how he does it. He tells her how wonderful she is, because she's both so noble and so powerful, and how impressed he is by her. This is exactly the kind of thing the Tenth Doctor says to new friends, and his delivery is bright and friendly, just like DT's Doctor was. I don't know if it was DT who decided to do this scene this way, but if so, I think it was a stroke of brilliance: for DW fans at least (and I'm sure there's a fair number of them watching, as the DW and Marvel fandoms tend to intersect quite a bit), the scene is all the more creepy because by making the two characters so similar, he's underscoring the difference in intent.

I'm finding Kilgrave, beyond being played by DT, very fascinating, because without actually seeing him much (his total screen time so far might total ten minutes, but I expect it's closer to five), we already can see what he likes and what he really wants. The only thing we don't know is why, and I'm hoping that that's developed, just like they did with Vincent D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk.

I'm loving Jessica Jones. The writing and the plotting is superb, and Krysten Ritter, as well as the rest of the cast, is excellent. It didn't need DT to make it fantastic, but I'm so pleased that he's the one playing Kilgrave.
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