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Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire Ep 13 review

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire Season 1 Episode 13: “Midnight Train”

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire
Season 1 Episode 13: “Midnight Train”
By Lauren Beukes, Vita Ayala, Sam Beckbessinger, Zoe Quinn, and Elsa Sjunneson
Narrated by Fryda Wolff

Thirteen is a lucky number for the Serial Box exclusive Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire, as we’re treated to yet another great episode.

Vita Ayala, who incidentally is writing the ongoing James Bond series, takes over again in the latest installment of Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire.

An episode that proves Diane a.k.a. Selene was wrong when she said no one would be looking for Jessica Jones.

Spoilers ahead.

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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.

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.

Spoilers ahead.

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Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire Ep 11 review

This is the most horrifying episode of the Serial Box exclusive Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire to date. If you know Jessica Jones' history, then this is her nightmare come to life.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire
Season 1 Episode 11: “Sleight of Mind”
By Lauren Beukes, Vita Ayala, Sam Beckbessinger, Zoe Quinn, and Elsa Sjunneson
Narrated by Fryda Wolff

This is the most horrifying episode of the Serial Box exclusive Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire to date. If you know Jessica Jones’ history, then this is her nightmare come to life.

Zoe Quinn and Sam Beckbessinger are the co-writers of this latest installment. They do a masterful job of showing us Jessica’s confusion, and her growing horror as she slowly discovers the reality of her situation.

And learns, to her regret, the truth about Nova Naledi.

Spoilers ahead.

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Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire Ep 10 review

The latest installment of Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire will leave you stunned.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire
Season 1 Episode 10: “Newton’s Third Law”
By Lauren Beukes, Vita Ayala, Sam Beckbessinger, Zoe Quinn, and Elsa Sjunneson
Narrated by Fryda Wolff

Stunned. That’s how I feel after finishing the latest installment of Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire. An incredible follow-up to last week’s wonderful episode, with one of the best reveals I’ve read in a book or a comic book.

Sam Beckbessinger once again handles the writing chores in Episode 10: “Newton’s Third Law”. This Serial Box exclusive is now firing on all cylinders as a stubborn Jessica Jones makes it her mission to find out the truth about Jamie’s death.

You would think a superhuman like Jessica, with her super strength and healing powers, would hardly be the underdog in this novel. But she definitely is, and as readers we are constantly worried that she has bitten off more than she can chew.

Spoilers ahead.

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Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire Ep 9 review

I was grinning from ear to ear after reading the latest installment of  Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire
Season 1 Episode 9: “Bad Taxidermy”
By Lauren Beukes, Vita Ayala, Sam Beckbessinger, Zoe Quinn, and Elsa Sjunneson
Narrated by Fryda Wolff

I was grinning from ear to ear after reading the latest installment of Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire. Episode 9: “Bad Taxidermy” is now my new favorite episode in this Serial Box exclusive.

Of course, I may be biased because Jessica Jones interacts with my favorite character among those this series introduced, the young flare Sam. Whose pronouns are “they/them”, by the way.

Not only that, but this episode also further connects Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire to the larger Marvel Universe. Spoilers ahead.

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Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire Ep 8 review

This latest installment of Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire is the most action-packed episode so far in this Serial Box exclusive.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire
Season 1 Episode 8: “My Door Is Always Open (Now)”
By Lauren Beukes, Vita Ayala, Sam Beckbessinger, Zoe Quinn, and Elsa Sjunneson
Narrated by Fryda Wolff

In last week’s review, I said I was still convinced that the action will pick up again in Episode 8. Boy, did it ever! This latest installment of Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire is the most action-packed episode so far in this Serial Box exclusive.

Zoe Quinn once again handled the writing chores for Season 1 Episode 8: “My Door Is Always Open (Now)”. It’s a fast-paced episode that starts with Jessica Jones checking one last ATM.

She has been to several bodegas already, trying to check her only lead. The crumpled ATM receipt Jamie had on him when he died. Spoilers ahead.

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Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire Ep 7 review

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire is a Serial Box exclusive.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire
Season 1 Episode 7: “It Was Always Burning”
By Lauren Beukes, Vita Ayala, Sam Beckbessinger, Zoe Quinn, and Elsa Sjunneson
Narrated by Fryda Wolff

This episode of Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire has a very promising start. But then it decides to hit the brakes.

Zoe Quinn takes over the writing chores for the first time in Season 1 Episode 7: “It Was Always Burning”. Her writing skills are fine, but this episode doesn’t move anything forward.

It’s a shame for this latest installment to stall like this after last week’s enjoyable ride. This episode has Jessica having a number of conversations — two over the phone — that don’t add anything new. And she’s still looking for Brendan. Spoilers ahead.

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Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire Ep 4 review

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire  is a Serial Box exclusive.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire
Season 1 Episode 4: “This Is Going to Hurt”
By Lauren Beukes, Vita Ayala, Sam Beckbessinger, Zoe Quinn, and Elsa Sjunneson
Narrated by Fryda Wolff

The action really picks up in Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire in Season 1 Episode 4: “This Is Going to Hurt”. Again written by Vita Ayala, who penned Episode 3, we find out more about Jessie’s boyfriend Brendan. The one nobody in the commune likes.

We also get a nice allusion to Jessica’s past, for those who are familiar with it from either the comic books or the Netflix series.

“A jar of purple and silver glitter.

You’ve got to be kidding me. She closes her eyes and counts to ten. Why’s it have to be purple?

Moreover, Jessica goes toe to toe with a supervillain for the first time in this Serial Box exclusive. As I said in last episode’s review, I’ll be giving away more spoilers from here on, so you’ve been warned.

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Comic book fan Jiggy Cruz shares love for Marvel

Jiggy Cruz is a comic book fan and he loves Marvel Comics. Here he is with the late Stan Lee, the legendary publisher of Marvel Comics and co-creator of Spider-Man and other iconic Marvel superheroes. Image credit: Jiggy Cruz
Jiggy Cruz is a comic book fan and he loves Marvel Comics. Here he is with the late Stan Lee, the legendary publisher of Marvel Comics and co-creator of Spider-Man and other iconic Marvel superheroes. Image credit: Jiggy Cruz

When it comes to being a comic book fan, one of the biggest in the Philippines would have to be Jiggy Cruz. In fact, he used to blog about comic books for Yahoo! Philippines. That was how we met, when I invited him to join our Yahoo! Southeast Asia blog network, which I was overseeing at the time.

Nowadays, Cruz is in the entertainment business as a producer, working with people who create videos for brands and services. And of course he is still a big comic book fan. He loves Marvel Comics, in particular, and his favorite superhero is Spider-Man.

Cruz, by the way, also happens to be the grandson of the late Philippine President Cory Aquino, who restored democracy to the Philippines in the 1986 People Power Revolution.

When did he first encounter Spider-Man?

“It was Christmas 89 or 90, I believe. My Lola gave me this Spider-Man action figure and a Spidey Dragster. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. It was because of ‘Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends’ that I got to know more about Spider-Man. Shooting webs and swinging was so fun to watch,” Cruz told Digital Life Asia.

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Netflix, I am definitely okay with ‘I Am Not Okay With This’

Netflix show "I Am Not Okay With This'

Netflix has another hit with “I Am Not Okay With This“, which I binge-watched yesterday. It helps that it only has seven episodes, all of which are just 28 minutes or less. But mainly because this series is really good.

It’s been described as a John Hughes superhero movie. Like “Pretty in Pink” meets the X-Men. Or “Carrie” meets “Stranger Things” (and yeah, it comes from the producers of “Stranger Things). Or “Stranger Things” meets “Sex Education”.

So, yeah, this Netflix adaptation of Charles Forsman’s graphic novel of the same name is being compared to a lot of things. And it does wear its influences on its sleeve, and pays homage to a number of films. But the series still manages to become the kickass coming-of-age comedy-drama that we never knew we needed.