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Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire Ep 12 review

As we near the end of this serial novel, the Serial Box exclusive Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire just keeps getting better.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire
Season 1 Episode 12: “Other Times, Other Places”
By Lauren Beukes, Vita Ayala, Sam Beckbessinger, Zoe Quinn, and Elsa Sjunneson
Narrated by Fryda Wolff

As we near the end of this serial novel, the Serial Box exclusive Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire just keeps getting better.

Spoilers ahead.

Sam kind of wonderful

One of the things I love most about comic books are superhero team-ups. Well, Sam isn’t exactly a superhero, but it’s always a wonderful episode whenever they interact with Jessica Jones. And the way the young flare and the cynical PI work together so well makes this a great team-up in my book.

Speaking of team-ups, last episode’s co-writers Zoe Quinn and Sam Beckbessinger once again collaborate to deliver a great installment.

Ever since Sam was introduced in Episode 2, the young flare has been my favorite new character. I said back then that I hoped the writers wouldn’t kill off this character that I like so much. We only have four more episodes to go, so I’m hoping Sam will indeed survive.

On several occasions, Jessica has found herself thinking how much the young flare reminds her of herself. And in the face of this dire situation the two of themselves have ended up in, Sam shows that they are just as feisty and resourceful as Jessica.

“‘We’re out of time.’ She drags Sam away from the door.

“Sam’s eyes go wide with anxiety. ‘We can’t just give up and die.’

“Jessica gazes into the kid’s eyes. ‘Couldn’t agree more, but we don’t have many options. In fact, I can think of exactly one, and it’s a very long shot. But that’s more than I’ve had in quite a while…'”

Diane and the restless

Jessica and Sam come up with a desperate plan to escape.

In Episode 10, the novel revealed who Diane actually was when Shaw called her by her real name: Selene. Longtime Marvel fans are quite familiar with this supervillain, and what her powers are.

We saw in the last installment how Diane would feed and leave Jessica drained. The authors did a masterful job of showing what was happening to Jessica and her horror at not knowing what Diane was doing to her. And Jessica kept getting weaker and weaker.

“Jessica glances around to see if she’s bought Sam enough of a head-start. To her horror, she realizes the kid’s standing right behind her, leaning against the wall.

“‘Run! I can’t hold her,’ yells Jessica, already feeling her last strength fading from her emptied limbs. She wonders, fleetingly, if her powers will ever return. And whether she even wants them back.”

Shaw me the money

After Jessica and Sam leave Diane locked inside the basement, the severely weakened Jessica wants to escape. Sam, however, insists that they shouldn’t go without knowing what Diane is.

Sam heads upstairs, determined to find answers, and Jessica follows them.

“‘Did you know Diane had powers?’ asks Jessica, examining an intricately carved ceremonial knife.

“‘No. She always had this way of making you feel calm. But I figured it was just, like, reiki, you know?’ Sam grimaces. ‘She’d put her hand on your head, and you’d relax.’

“‘It’s how she feeds.’


As the two of them snoop around, they find out that Diane is much older than she looks.

Unfortunately, Shaw arrives while they are snooping. And frees Diane.

And that’s when Jessica and Sam finally discover where Brendan is.

I can’t believe we only have four episodes left. I don’t want Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire to end.

(Editor’s note: This review is based on an advanced reader copy provided by Serial Box. Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire Season 1 Episode 12 will come out on July 30. Exclusively available on Serial Box.)

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