DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 1 Trailer

I like it how as of late DC Entertainment stopped Nolanizing all their comic book properties–at least on television, at any rate.  Not every character is Batman, and it’s good to see that they’re finally embracing the more fantastical aspects of many of them.

It’s a trend that began with The Flash, moved into Arrow, and seems to continue with Supergirl and the upcoming DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

I know who the individual characters are, but little about their particulars, though I think that making Rip Hunter a time-traveling Brit–whether or not he is in the comics–isn’t particularly a good move, especially since there’s a much better known British time traveller on television as of late.

And he’s not part of the DC Universe.

Jessica Jones-A-Thon: AKA Smile

“You don’t scare me.  You’re not my first.”

-Clare Temple to Jessica Jones

Last episode we witnessed why they call Luke Cage, Power Man.  And if anyone deserves the title, it’s him because strength-wise he’s in Captain America territory (though I don’t think Cage would beat him in a fight because Cap is too well-versed in various combat techniques.  Cage’s strength and steel-tough skin can only go so far).

We’ve arrived at the last episode of the first season and Cage is being taken to the hospital after Jessica did the only thing she could to stop his Kilgrave-fueled rampage.

And Clare Temple (Rosario Dawson) makes an appearance!  If Matt Murdock or Foggy Nelson turn up I might splooge all over the monitor (apologies in advance for that last one).

The title, AKA Smile comes from (possibly?) Kilgrave’s last request of Jessica.

Jessica Jones-A-Thon: AKA Take A Bloody Number



Jessica makes peace with Luke Cage, after he learns that Kilgrave isn’t a figment of her imagination.  We also get a little more information as to how Jones got her abilities.

And speaking of Cage, The more they show of him and his abilities, the more I want to see Iron Fist because as individuals they’re cool, though as a team they’re awesome.

I also don’t see how they can’t at least introduce Danny Rand during Cage’s own series (which is currently in production) because they are best friends and there’s groundwork to be laid if his appearance in his own series is to sync up with Cage’s.

The way Kilgrave gets people to kill themselves grows in grisliness (some vaguely remind me of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening, except scary).

Kilgrave is also attempting to boost his abilities, because Jessica is no longer under his sway.

The title, AKA Take A Bloody Number refers to the second thing Kilgrave told Luke Cage when he met him.

Jessica Jones-A-Thon: AKA I’ve Got The Blues

“I’m sorry?  Are you a professor of  Kilgrave-ism?”

I like how they’re portraying Kilgrave as unrepentantly evil–though that’s not quite fair in that evil implies motivation, a will, to direct it.

And no matter the action in and of itself, you cannot have evil without intent.

And if Kilgrave is anything, it’s amoral.  He’s so unconcerned about other people that his actions don’t rise to the level of evil because no matter how terrible what he does is, seemingly relatively little thought goes into either the act or its repercussions.

Contrast him with Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio), from Marvel’s Daredevil, who was indeed evil, though he believed himself to be a necessary one;  in a way akin to a fever infecting Hell’s Kitchen, forcing it to produce antibodies to fight off the decay and hopelessness that he believed threatened to overwhelm it.

So in a way Fisk eventually came to see himself as evil, though with a cause, which would eventually lead to something better.

Kilgrave is different, because he’s so banal.  Like the manchild he is, he’s a black hole of need, consuming all that approach the event horizon.

Wilson Fisk knew fully well what his actions brought about, and owned up to that.  While Kilgrave doesn’t particularly care about the results of his actions, as long as he gets what he believes he needs.

As I said, banal.

Kilgrave’s on the run and he’s got his father with him.  Jessica is on his trail, though finding him prove difficult, despite his garish fashion sense.

The episode also goes into Jessica and Trish’s past, which stands in stark contrast to their current relationship.

And could we have witnessed a backdoor origin of Hellcat?

The title of this episode, AKA I’ve Got The Blues, refers to…I have no idea.  I’ll have to watch it again.

Jessica Jones-A-Thon: AKA 1,000 Cuts

Screenshot 2015-11-21 00.21.20I think I finally get it.  If you’ve seen the episode of The Twilight Zone, It’s a Good Life you know Kilgrave–despite the fact that it aired 50 or so years prior.

That story revolved around a little boy who had the ability to manifest anything that he desired.  The adults around him were so cowed by his abilities that they did whatever he asked to told them to, for fear of being banished to the corn field (a place where all the horrors he created eventually ended up).

Kilgrave is exactly the same in that he has a a god-like ability to command with a word, yet due to a brutal upbringing, and the realization that he could have anything he wanted with just a word,  he never gained the wisdom, the discretion or the self-control to use his abilities in anything but a selfish manner.

He’s a child in the body of an adult, with the power to command the world with a word.

Jessica’s plan to force a confession from Kilgrave goes horribly awry, and he compels Jeryn to drive him to a doctor.

We also learn that his abilities are viral, due to the experiment his parents were doing on him.  He emits viral particles, which enables him to control people.

The title AKA 1,000 Cuts refers to comment made by Wendy (Robin Weigert) about Jeryn (as well as a really terrible way to die).

This episode is BRUTAL.  You’ve been warned.

Jessica Jones-A-Thon: AKA Sin Bin

“I wish that I had a Mother of the Year award, so I could bludgeon you with it.”

-Jessica Jones

Now that’s some snappy writing!

Welcome to what is likely the culminating day of the Screenphiles Jessica Jones-A-Thon!  We’re currently on the ninth episode of a thirteen episode 1st season.

Jessica has Kilgrave trapped, and tries to get a confession from him, while Trish tries to get Will to the hospital.  And speaking of Will, there’s more to this guy than meets the eye.  I don’t know if he has an analogue in the Marvel Universe, but I get the feeling that he’s someone I ought to know.

They’re also implying that something other than Kilgrave’s voice is the source of his abilities, mainly because he can’t influence anyone over a microphone–so he can’t call you and compel you to do something–which implies that they are very much sticking to the comics (which make pheromones the source of his abilities).

Whether or not Kilgrave was born bad or learned, he is what he is, a monster without remorse or regret:  a sociopath with the ability to make whatever he wasn’t reality just by saying it.

The title AKA Sin Bin refers a childhood hero of Kilgrave’s.


Jessica Jones-A-Thon: AKA WWJD

Screenshot 2015-11-21 00.21.20.pngJessica, in an effort to stop Kilgrave from killing anyone else, has joined him in in his new house–which also happens to be the house that she grew up in.

What’s interesting is that as the series goes on we come to see Kilgrave as a somewhat sympathetic–though extremely damaged–person.  Jessica tries to get to see him to see that he is who he is not because of Nature, but Nurture.

The title of this episode, AKA WWJD, means not ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ but ‘What Would Jessica Do’ and is very relevant to the episode.