[MILD SPOILERS for Jessica Jones season 1 ahead.]
Jessica Jones season 1 is coming to Netflix and will introduce a number of important players to the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe; including, the title character (Breaking Bad and Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 alum, Krysten Ritter), a former superhero who has been living under the radar as a heavy-drinking private investigator in New York's Hell's Kitchen. The show's first season will also shine a light on Miss Jones' dark part, as she squares off in the present against the supervillain who led her to give up on a career of super-heroics in the first place: Zebediah Kilgrave, a.k.a. The Purple Man (David Tennant).
Netflix has now unveiled individual episode titles and plot summaries alike for Jessica Jones season 1, further teasing the over-arching cat and mouse game that unfolds between Jessica and Kilgrave - while at the same time hinting at other pivotal narrative threads (and even a special appearance) that Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg and her writing team will be weaving along the way.
Some of the Jessica Jones season 1 episode titles - like "It's called Whiskey" and "99 Friends" - align with the previously-reported titles that were leaked online earlier this year, thought other ones do not. Nonetheless, the individual episodes will in fact be carrying over the "AKA" title signifier that was used back when the show was going under its working title, A.K.A. Jessica Jones - and their synopses offer a tantalizing hint of what the series will have to offer.
For more on that, read through Netflix's Jessica Jones episode summaries (hat tip HH):
“AKA Ladies Night : Jessica Jones is hired to find a pretty NYU student who’’s vanished, but it turns out to be more than a simple missing persons case.
AKA Crush Syndrome: Jessica vows to prove Hope’s innocence, even though it means tracking down a terrifying figure from her own past.
AKA It’s called Whiskey: It won’t be easy to acquire or deploy. but Jessica thinks she’s found a weapon to use against Kilgrave. Luke and Jessica bond over their similarities.
AKA: 99 Friends: A new case demands attention as Jessica tries to find out who’s spying on her for Kilgrave. Trish’s radio show yields unexpected consequences.
AKA The Sandwich Saved Me: Despite Jessica’s objections, Trish’s new friend Simpson gets involved in the hunt for Kilgrave. Jessica recalls a pivotal moment in her life.
AKA You’re a Winner: Luke hires Jessica to help him find someone who may have skipped town, but she fears he’ll learn too much about her history in the process.
AKA Top Shelf Perverts: Malcom, Simpson and Trish go rouge to prevent Jessica from carrying out an extreme plan to outwit Kilgrave.
AKA WWJD: Jessica experiences a strange homecoming courtesy of Kilgrave. Hograth’s conflict with her estranged wife reaches a tipping point.
AKA Sin Bin: Just when Jessica has Kilgrave right where she want’s him. Hogarth’s involvement complicates the situation. Details of Kilgrave’s past emerge.
AKA 1,000 Cuts: A discovery has the potential to change the entire game — if Jessica can refuse Kilgrave’s offer.
AKA I’ve Got The Blues: Jessica searches morgues for clues. Trish goes all out to keep Simpson from getting in Jessica’s way. Malcom has an epiphany.
AKA Take a Bloody Number: The hunt for Kilgrave reunites Jessica with Luke. Trish receives some unexpected information about Simpson and Jessica.
AKA Smile: Jessica and Luke get help from someone else in the neighborhood. Kilgrave gears up for a major test of powers against Jessica.”
Some things to note, based on the Jessica Jones details presented here:
- The Jessica Jones season 1 plot summaries indicated that Patricia "Trish" Walker (Rachel Taylor) - Jessica's best friend and a radio show host - will play a key role in unraveling the Kilgrave mystery in season 1, similar to the role that Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) played in the investigation of The Kingpin in Daredevil season 1. Walker, in the Marvel Comics, becomes the superhero Hellcat, but it's not clear if the TV show version will explore that storyline in season 1.
- Luke Cage (Mike Colter) will indeed have a recurring role throughout Jessica Jones season 1, as Colter recently indicated he would. Furthermore, Colter has confirmed that the Luke Cage Netflix series picks up a few months after the events of Jessica Jones season 1, so the latter show should either foreshadow or directly set up Cage's return to his old home of Harlem.
- Carrie-Anne Moss' character, Jeryn Hogarth, will play a key role throughout Jessica Jones season 1 - and will also have a wife, as previously-leaked set photos had revealed. It's possible the character will also be positioned to return in the Luke Cage series, seeing as she is the gender-switched version of the attorney for Heroes for Hire, Inc. - the investigation/protection business that Luke Cage and Danny Rand/Iron Fist start together - from the Marvel Comics Universe.
- The Jessica Jones season 1 alludes to an appearance from "someone else" who lives in Hell's Kitchen, and the obvious candidate for that special cameo is Matt Murdock a.k.a. Daredevil (Charlie Cox). It's possible that another Daredevil character will be showing up instead (for example, Rosario Dawson's Claire Temple is already confirmed to appear on Jessica Jones) - but seeing as "AKA Smile" will be the season 1 finale, that would be a good time for The Man Without Fear to join forces with Jessica Jones and Luke Cage for the first time (following Daredevil's appearance in the Jessica Jones prequel comic book).
Daredevil season 1 is currently available on Netflix. Jessica Jones will be made available starting November 20th, 2015, followed by Luke Cage Season 1 and Daredevil Season 2 (a.k.a. Daredevil V Punisher) in 2016. Iron Fist and The Defenders will arrive sometime thereafter.
Source: Netflix [via HH]