Jessica Jones recap: ‘AKA Freak Accident’


Jessica Jones continues to prove how relevant the series is despite being written before the current Times Up movement.

“AKA Freak Accident” gives Trish more to do in an episode highlighting unhealthy power dynamics. While the episode still doesn’t reveal much about IGH, it does wrap up the storyline for a major character from last season.

It’s almost like “AKA Freak Accident,” predicted the modern-day discussion with both Times Up and MeToo with Trish’s storyline. The sad thing is, this abuse of power has been happening for a long time, and Jessica Jones just highlights that.

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Desperate for information on IGH, Trish ends up going to a producer who once raped her as a child star. His excuses sound shockingly similar to other men in power found guilty of the same thing, but it gets even worse when it’s revealed her mother was not only aware of the situation but encouraged it.

As hard as it is for her to relive those memories, she intends to blackmail him for his influence within the Metro-General hospital.

As Trish and Malcolm are pursuing their leads, Jessica is following up on Whizzer’s death. It takes up too much time in “AKA Freak Accident,” for a resolution that didn’t need that much explaining. It turns out Whizzer was a huge fan of Trish Talk and left her quite a few videos where he promised to come on her show to tell the truth. Unfortunately, he met his death before that could happen but at least Jessica knows the link between all the murders.

However, the big reveal in “AKA Freak Accident” is Will Simpson lurking on the outskirts as a guardian angel. After his violent meltdown last season, it appeared as though the series was setting him up as the villain “Nuke.” It’s a little disappointing to find out that he’s actually dedicated his entire life to protecting Trish rather than follow his comics counterpart. However, if the series genuinely didn’t have an endgame for him, then his noble exit is satisfying enough.

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These past two episodes have been slow but it doesn’t feel dull. “AKA Freak Accident” keeps the focus on the characters and it’s paying off. Everyone feels very carefully developed and it’s ambitious to keep the main villain at a distance.

The show is pretty self-aware that no bad guy introduced is going to top Kilgrave, so it’s time to focus on important issues such as power imbalance. It may have been three years since season one but Jessica Jones is still packing a punch.