Netflix’s Jessica Jones might be a show about superpowers, genetic experiments and surviving on Slim Jims, but it also has some real science in there. This was recently put to the test, as one character’s monologue about octopus DNA resulted in a massive googling for information about cephalopods – prompting Jessica herself to respond by airing someone else’s dirty laundry. Did we expect anything less?
Jessica Jones (Kristen Ritter) checks out an aquarium for a hot lead.Screenshot: Netflix
In the fifth episode of season two, aptly named “AKA The Octopus”, Jessica (Kristen Ritter) questions the man who wrongly confessed to murdering a nurse from IGH, the group that gave Jessica her powers, in order to get more information about their activities. At first, Dave (Daniel Everidge) is reluctant to cooperate, partially due to his mental state. That is, until Jessica starts asking him about the octopus he was colouring, prompting him to go on an eventually helpful tangent about octopus DNA.
As pointed out by The Wrap, the science checks out, something a lot of people were apparently eager to find out for themselves. One Twitter user noted the spike in Google searches for “octopus DNA” right around the season debut.
— Adam Holisky (@AdamHolisky) March 13, 2018
This wasn’t lost on the (pitch perfect) Jessica Jones Twitter account, which marked the Googling surge by sharing a new detail about Whizzer, a fellow superpowered person who was killed in the first episode. Let’s just say this wasn’t “exactly” something we wanted to know about the guy.
Haven’t seen this much Octopus DNA since finding The Whizzer’s stash of tentacle porn. https://t.co/MrkU9RWo64
— Jessica Jones (@JessicaJones) March 13, 2018
Poor fellow. Even in death he can’t catch a break.