With the end of the semester rapidly approaching (seriously…my last college finals EVER are next week), I’m surprised I found the time to start and finish the entire first season of Jessica Jones on Netflix. Actually…I’m not surprised. I tackled Gilmore Girls around finals season last year and still passed my classes so….can I put this on my resume?
Anyway, I was originally a little skeptical about Jessica Jones. I’m a huge Marvel fan; The Avengers is one of my top favorite movies, I love Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Iron Man is my favorite superhero. However, I wasn’t as intrigued with Netflix’s first original Marvel series, Daredevil. Tons of my friends were absolutely in love with the show and couldn’t stop watching, but I found myself growing uninterested and bored. I was scared…was I starting to feel burnt out of the Marvel universe?
Since Jessica Jones takes place in the same setting as Daredevil, you could understand my hesitation with starting this new series. I found Daredevil to focus a little too much on the gritty action instead of the story as a whole. Don’t get me wrong, I love action, but it seemed to just be the main focus of each episode…which made me lose interest and eventually stop watching halfway through the series.
Jessica Jones immediately surprised me. The main character isn’t necessarily likable, but the villain is AMAZING. I might be a bit biased, since I love David Tennant in Doctor Who. Tennant’s character, Kilgrave, is a complete and total psychopath, obsessively in love with Jessica Jones. His character somewhat reminds me of Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight, who is my all-time favorite villain in any superhero movie.
Another aspect of this show that I appreciate is that Jessica’s powers aren’t the main focus of the show. It’s not your typical plot where the main character is bestowed these powers and he or she tries to figure out how to use them. At this point in the show, Jessica’s had these powers for years. It’s a rather small detail to the current plot, only used when absolutely necessary (or for a shock effect to humor Jessica).
The style of the show is more of a detective genre, rather than an action show like many Marvel movies. It’s a refreshing and interesting spin on a show with “superheroes,” even though Jessica doesn’t consider herself a hero. However, there are some sneaky references to the comic book version of Jessica Jones, even showing her superhero outfit and bringing up her alter ego “Jewel” as a joke
I won’t give away any spoilers, but with the slow reveal of Jessica’s past with Kilgrave, as well as learning more about Kilgrave and Trish’s (Jessica’s best friend) dark childhood, this show has a rather dark and twisted theme that I absolutely love. Kilgrave has absolutely no remorse or conscience with the brutal deaths he’s caused throughout his life, and Jessica has taken it upon herself to finally put an end to his madness.
If you’re a Marvel fan, interested in crime and investigation shows, or you simply love David Tennant and Krysten Ritter, I’d definitely give Jessica Jones a chance!