Synopsis: Ice cream truck turf wars and a missing teenager. Or, a normal week in the life of Jessica Jones.
Review: This is a review of the first three chapters and may contain spoilers.
Serial Box released the first three Chapters of ‘Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire on Thursday of last week and it is setting up to be a really intriguing story.
In ‘The Big Easy’ Jessica is asked to look for a kid by the name of Jamie who has seemingly gotten involved with a group of young adults with powers who all live together and work their trade at a bar. Following the trail based on the information, she has been given. Jessica manages to gain access to the bar and learns that young Jamie left the night before and was somewhat out of sorts due to drink.
The second chapter, which is titled ‘The Boy Under The Bridge’ sees Jessica trawling through social media to try and put a picture together of Jamie’s life, which is a neat trick given that the kid had no real social media presence. Going through the social media profiles of his workmates she does manage to find out that Jamie lives with a group of other kids in a commune of sorts, which is funded by a company called Nova Naledi.
Jessica’s investigation is soon disturbed when she hears a police message on the radio concerning a boy under a bridge. She is not at all surprised when she learns that it is the boy she is investigating.
The third chapter, ‘Never Saw It Coming’ sees Jessica attending a special service held for Jamie, who we learn was well regarded by all of his peers. Jessica comforts the boys grieving father insofar as she can and manages to get a picture of the type of person Jamie was from the other people that worked with him at the bar. By the close of this chapter, Jessica begins to recognize that the circumstances surrounding Jamie’s death do not add up, and despite her misgivings and against the advice of her therapist. Jessica begins to investigate.
Fryda Wolff does a brilliant job of narrating and finds the voice and surliness of Jessica Jones fairly quickly. I really appreciated the narrator’s ability to slightly alter her voice for the various different characters. For example, the somewhat cynical and weather-beaten attitude of Jessica when dealing with people and the effort it takes for her to deal with the social graces. I really liked the moment where Jessica tries to give comfort to the boy’s father Colin, who is really struggling after having his worst fears confirmed.
I also really enjoyed hearing the police radio go off now and then while Jessica was putting together a picture of Jamie’s life when going through social media. The audio team really managed to make that radio sound authentic.
These first three chapters, which were written by Lauren Beukes, Vita Ayala, Sam Beckbessinger, Zoe Quinn, and Elsa Sjunneson do a great job of setting the story up. We get some really solid scenes and they manage to make it feel as good as the much loved ‘Jessica Jones’ series, which sadly got axed by Netflix last year. The sound team does a great job of adding to the atmosphere that you’d expect from a gumshoe detective story but do so in such a way that it enhances Fryda Wolff’s vocal performance.
Overall. A great start to what feels like a potentially good mystery with all the trimmings.
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