Realm Review: Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 9

A New Tactic In Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 9

The hunt to solve a murder investigation continues in Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 9. Jessica has a good idea of who might be behind the death, though she doesn’t yet see how it’s all going to connect.

Jessica Jones finally managed to get her hands on some solid evidence in the last episode. Evidence that makes her feel less crazy and more convinced that this is a murder and not a suicide. Now to prove it to everyone else.

Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire is one of three Marvel series currently available on Serial Box. The first was Thor’s, which has concluded for the season. Meanwhile, Black Widow is still actively updating. Next up will be the one and only Black Panther.

Bad Taxidermy

Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 9 is an interesting episode, especially when one considers everything that Jess has learned up until this point. The episode starts with a bang and ends with Jessica forming a plan. That always makes for an entertaining read (or listen).

Written by Sam Beckbessinger, this is one of those episodes that Marvel fans are really going to appreciate. There are elements of Jessica’s tale that felt inevitable. Mainly the inclusion of the allies she’s known to work with.

There have also been several surprises along the way – other appearances from Marvel characters and the sort of havoc they can wreak. This episode is soaked in both the expected and the unexpected, and it makes for something truly exciting and a pleasant hat-tip to the source material.

The rest of the episode is fleshed out by the new plans and tactics Jess is using to get her hands on some answers. It has been so refreshing to see all of the methods Jessica would use to resolve a case – especially one that has gotten her so emotionally involved.

Narration

Fryda Wolff returns to narrate Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 9. As with the rest of the series so far, it was a delight to listen to. She has nailed everything that makes Jessica Jones’ series stand out. All while capturing her personality – gritty and thorny nature included.

There are many things to appreciate about this episode. The number of characters portrayed (new and familiar alike) and how real they feel is a good start. There’s also this perfect sense of grim satisfaction in Jess’ voice (thanks to Wolff).

Finally, there are the background effects, which were used perfectly here. They were pretty subtle for the most part, but that was the right call. Enough was going on in this episode without throwing in too much.

Conclusion

Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 9 feels like an episode setting up for something cataclysmic. She knows who she needs to go after, just not the how and they why yet. It’s making for thrilling reading, all while seeing the tension rise.

The ninth episode highlights the series so far, showing fans what we can expect from a Jessica Jones series. All while seeing the sort of damage Jessica can take – and give back. It does resonate as another Jessica Jones tale, and that’s saying a lot, coming from this Alias fan.

This review was originally written for Word of the Nerd, but has been ported over to Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks now that the site has shut down.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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