Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire
Season 1 Episode 14: “Iron Will”
By Lauren Beukes, Vita Ayala, Sam Beckbessinger, Zoe Quinn, and Elsa Sjunneson
Narrated by Fryda Wolff
This is hands down the most thrilling and action-packed episode of Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire to date. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Sam make a great superhero team. And Sebastian Shaw makes a great supervillain.
Old people and passwords
We only have two episodes left of this Serial Box exclusive after this installment. And I’m truly sad this wonderful serial novel has to end.
Vita Ayala once again handles the writing chores in this episode of Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire, and she does an amazing job keeping us on the edge of our seats. No wonder Ayala is writing the ongoing James Bond series.
Jessica, Luke, and Sam have gone back to the house of the woman formerly known as Diane. And Sam is digging up information from Selene’s desktop PC.
Thankfully, it turns out Sam doesn’t even have to try to figure out Selene’s password.
“‘Unbelievable. An ancient mastermind vampire and she’s leaving her password lying around.’
“‘I mean, it is kind of an old person thing to do,’ Sam says.
“‘Huh,’ Jessica says, remembering that she texts herself updated passwords as if that’s so much more tech savvy.”
Shaw of force
Unfortunately, they are interrupted by the arrival of their old sparring partner: Shaw.
This is extremely bad news, because Shaw has already beaten Jessica twice, and also proved too much for Luke.
This time, however, Jessica has a crazy idea for stopping Shaw once and for all.
Jessica and Sam set the plan in motion, while Luke drives around with Shaw furiously chasing him in his car.
Inevitably, Luke and Shaw end up duking it out.
“The two men trade blows, and briefly it looks like Luke might have the upper hand, as he axe-kicks Shaw into the dusty ground.
“But Shaw jumps to his feet, looking refreshed, and swings with a fist that makes a deep booming sound as it connects with the other man’s gut.
Shaw once again beats Luke, and now it’s Jessica’s turn to get a rematch. This time, however, Jessica has a plan for finally defeating Shaw.
“Racing around the corner, she sees Shaw immersed in a large dumpster full of quick-drying cement.
“He looks absolutely affronted, like a cat who’s been tossed into a bath.
“‘Did you honestly think this would work?’ he asks, incredulous.
“She shrugs, pulling a ‘what can I tell you?’ face. ‘It worked in Terminator.’”
Jessica and Sam have a wonderful plan for dealing with Shaw. I won’t spoil it, but I was tempted to cheer loudly while reading.
Just two more episodes to go. Watch out, Selene. You’re next.
(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 14 will come out on Aug. 13. Exclusively available on Serial Box.)
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