Review – Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 11 (Serial Box)

Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 11

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  • Writing - 9/10
  • Narration - 9/10
  • Overall - 9/10
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Narrator: Fryda Wolff

Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 11 continues Jessica’s investigation, which has taken a very dark (and dangerous) turn.


The Nightmares Are Real in Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 11

The case that Jessica Jones has taken on has had many twists and turns over the season. Yet none of them are as dramatic as what is about to happen. Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 11 is about to change all of the stakes.

In the last episode, Jessica had decided to take a risk and follow a lead. It was a decision that may have burned a few bridges, as well as putting her in a position of extreme danger. Now we’re all waiting to see how it pans out.

Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire (Serial Box)
Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire (Serial Box)

Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire is part of an ongoing series on Serial Box. Every Thursday a new episode drops, available in both written and audio format, depending on what readers prefer. So far the series has consistently proven that this is the perfect platform for this stubborn character.

Sleight of Mind

Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 11 was written by Sam Beckbessinger, so all credit goes to them for the tense and sometimes terrifying scenes depicted within this episode. This one is by far the most harrowing of the bunch, with Jessica in an extremely dangerous situation.

What makes this episode so interesting is the juxtaposition to her past. It is both like and unlike what she has gone through previously. It’s a poignant reminder, while still providing new challenges to this wayward heroine.

That’s to say nothing of the tension it provides to the listeners. This is a dramatic episode through and through. And yet, it also provides so many answers. All these little details suddenly clicked into place, and with such beauty. It was amazingly done, on more than one level.

The imagery and use of repetition are two of the many things that made this episode such a success. It really did feel like a series of mind games, and that came alongside all of the depth one might expect.


As with the writing of Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 11, the narration captivates and impresses. Fryda Wolff brought this episode to life, in ways that were sometimes thrilling, and sometimes a very different emotion. Yet it was all exactly what this story called for.

This was a gritty episode, in more than one way. The situation Jess is in required careful narration, and Wolff was up to the challenge. Combined with the sound effects, which were elegantly placed, this is an extremely evocative episode.

There’s this subtle background noise that is, for lack of a better word, haunting. It fit the tone (and the situation) in ways that cannot completely be defined. It’ll send chills down your spine. It did for mine. It’s one of those moments that is so…quintessentially Jessica Jones.


Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 11 is a highlight in a series full of memorable moments. Everything about this series has felt right from the start, but this episode brought all of that to a new level.

Honestly, this episode ended in what was not quite a cliffhanger—but close. It’s going to be a long wait for Thursday. One that I have no doubt will be worth it. In the meantime, it’s time to theory-craft how Jess is going to get out of this one. Any theories the class would like to share?

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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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