Review – Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 9 (Serial Box)

Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 9

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Narrator: Fryda Wolff

Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 9 brings us back to Jessica’s investigation into a murder disguised as a suicide, and all of the hoops she’s jumping through to solve the case.


A New Tactic in Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 9

The hunt to solve a murder investigation continues in Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 9. Jessica has a good idea of who might be behind the death, though she doesn’t yet see how it’s all going to connect.

In the last episode, Jessica Jones finally managed to get her hands on some solid evidence. Evidence that makes her feel less crazy and more convinced that this is a murder and not a suicide. Now, to prove it to everyone else.

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

Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire is one of three Marvel series currently available on Serial Box. The first was Thor’s, which has concluded for the season. Meanwhile, Black Widow is still actively updating. Next up will be the one and only Black Panther.

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Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 9 is an interesting episode, especially when one takes into account everything that Jess has learned up until this point. The episode starts with a bang and ends with Jessica forming a plan. That always makes for an entertaining read (or listen).

Written by Sam Beckbessinger, this is one of those episodes that Marvel fans are really going to appreciate. There are elements of Jessica’s tale that felt inevitable. Mainly the inclusion of the allies she’s known to work with.

There have also been several surprises along the way—other appearances from Marvel characters, and the sort of havoc they can wreak. This episode is soaked in both the expected and the unexpected, and it makes for something truly exciting, as well as being a pleasant hat-tip to the source material.

The rest of the episode is fleshed out by the new plans and tactics Jess is using to get her hands on some answers. It has been so refreshing to see all of the methods Jessica would use in order to resolve a case—especially one that has gotten her so emotionally involved.


Fryda Wolff returns to narrate Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 9. As with the rest of the series so far, it was a delight to listen to. She has really nailed everything that makes Jessica Jones’ series stand out, all while capturing her personality—gritty and thorny nature included.

There are many things to appreciate about this episode. The number of characters portrayed (new and familiar alike) as well as how real they feel is a good start. There’s also this perfect sense of grim satisfaction in Jess’ voice (thanks to Wolff).

Finally, there are the background effects, which were used perfectly here. They were pretty subtle for the most part, but that was the right call. There was enough going on in this episode without throwing in too much.


Jessica Jones: Playing With Fire Episode 9 feels like an episode setting up for something cataclysmic. She knows who she needs to go after, just not the how and the why yet. It’s making for thrilling reading, all while seeing the tension rise.

The ninth episode is a highlight of the series so far, showing fans what we can expect from a Jessica Jones series, all while seeing the sort of damage Jessica can take—and give back. It really does resonate as another Jessica Jones tale, and that’s saying a lot, coming from this Alias fan.

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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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