Realm Review: Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 15

Time To Save the Day In Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 15

Jess’ case is nearing its conclusion in Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 15. There’s only so much time to wrap up the investigation and save the day in the process, naturally. Remember when Jess thought this would be a simple open and shut case?

Jessica and her allies (old and new) teamed up and created a plan in the last episode. One that let them handle one of the most dangerous enemies Jess has faced in quite some time.

Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire is part of the Marvel collection found on Serial Box. Currently, it’s one of three series (soon to be four) available on the site. Black Widow and Thor also have series, with Black Panther’s on the way.

Tunnel Vision

Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 15 was an intense episode, to put it mildly. Elsa Sjunneson-Henry knows how to write a scene full of anxiety, all while building up to something even bigger (is that even possible?).

There are a few scenes that really stand out from this episode, proving once again that Jess is very much a human being, and she’s still working her way through a significant amount of trauma. The entire series has done a wonderful job of handling that delicate subject while also portraying the steps she’s actively going through to heal herself.

This episode has a lot of subtlety hidden with the pages (er, screen?), as well as several moments that let characters shine. It made for a thrilling read. I’m finding myself conflicted. On the one hand, I’m eager to read the series’s next (and final) episode. On the other hand, I don’t want to see the season end.

Regardless, this episode once again points out the complex nature of any series revolving around Jessica Jones. Nothing is ever easy. Everything is a fight. She’s a hero through and through, just one that life hasn’t felt the need to raise. It’s one of the many reasons why her series feels so personal.

Narration

As with the rest of this season, Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 15 has narration worth bragging about. Fryda Wolff is the woman behind the scenes, and she’s gotten Jess’ character down at this point.

The audio is every bit as complex as the writing, portraying Jess in several different emotional states. Everything from a little bit smug to concerned, then back around to freak out, and then stubborn. It’s all there and more.

The sound effects woven into this episode are subtle yet shockingly effective. They’re used in small doses, quiet and discreet background noises that enhance the state of affairs. It could all have been easily overlooked, and yet instead, it brought the experience full circle.

Conclusion

Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 15 was every bit the episode I had hoped it would be. It had a little bit of everything; action, drama, suspense, even humor, making it one of the top episodes for this series.

Honestly, this series has quickly become one of my favorites, and I’ll be sad to see it end even while knowing that the ending will do justice to the entire tale and to the characters involved. At least I can rest easy, knowing that there’s another Marvel series on the way (Black Panther can’t get here soon enough).

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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