Watch out New York, there is a new anti-hero in town.
Jessica Jones is the second of four series Marvel has released on Netflix which will cumulate in The Defenders in August of this year. Season one of Jessica Jones was released in November of 2015, a few months after season two of Daredevil.
Taking place in New York, Jessica Jones follows private investigator Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter from Breaking Bad) as she works to take down a villain with mind control powers named Kilgrave (David Tennant from Doctor Who). Along the way, Jessica gets aid from Luke Cage (Mike Colter from Million Dollar Baby), her neighbor Malcolm (Eka Darville from Empire), her adopted sister Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor from Transformers), and defense lawyer Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss from The Matrix).
While this show is from Marvel, it doesn’t feel like a typical superhero show or movie. Instead, Jessica Jones embodies the feel of a film noir with its crime feel and detective main character. The creators of the show did a phenomenal job finding a balance between the two genres that created a new and different feel to something that could have easily failed.
A large part of the show relies on interactions between Tennant and Ritter and the way they react to these interactions. Tennant plays a manipulative powered person with a really messed up moral compass impeccably well and leaves the viewer extremely freaked out. It is a very different role from that of The Doctor in Doctor Who and shows just how truly amazing David Tennant is as an actor. Krysten Ritter also gives a show stopping performance as her character battles with PTSD and trying to decide if she can actually be one of the good guys. They have an amazing chemistry and play off of each other exceptionally well.
Because of the nature of Kilgrave’s powers, the show can create a sense of paranoia in the viewer. The show brilliantly displays the psychological damage that Kilgrave creates in other people and the viewer can relate to them and often shares their panic and emotions towards his actions.
While the show isn’t as action packed as Daredevil, the actions sequences are still exceptional. The stunt team did a phenomenal job being tossed around by a woman with super strength. In addition, all of the fights were well choreographed and well filmed, making them seem as life-like as any I’ve ever seen.
Something that the Marvel films and shows have always excelled at is finding little ways to connect everything together, and Jessica Jones is no exception. One of the main characters in Jessica Jones makes an appearance in the last episode of season 2 of Daredevil, and in the last episode of Jessica Jones a recurring character from Daredevil plays a very important role. These small connections successfully help set up the franchise for The Defenders.
While many things were given ample background and explained fully, there were still a few things that were left unclear in the last episode, and some were related to characters that are no longer around, so who knows if they will be resolved. And even though there will be a second season of the show it won’t be until 2018 so fans have to wait a long time (like Sherlock level long time) for answers.
Luke Cage was also introduced in this series before going on to his own show which was released in September of 2016. While they did a good job of integrating him at the beginning, he kind of disappeared for a lot of the series and really only served one purpose (which I will get to later). And while he had a lot of fight scenes, they were all kind of the same, so despite the fact that he has bulletproof skin, he wasn’t that exciting.
And The Ugly
Something that I’ve noticed with Jessica Jones and the first two seasons of Daredevil is that some of the episodes in the middle tend to have a really slow pace that isn’t present in the first few and last few episodes. At some points it almost makes me want to stop watching (which I did with season 2 of Daredevil for like six months…). The pacing is just inconsistent and I feel like there could have been less than thirteen episodes.
While people may enjoy their inclusion, I found the sex scenes between Luke and Jessica at the beginning of the series kind of unnecessary. I don’t feel like they added that much to the story, and I feel like they really only included Luke to have sex with Jessica and to introduce a part of Jessica’s past, but they really didn’t need to have that person connected to Luke, she could have been connected to any of the other characters in the show and it still would have worked.
Show Tip: Because of the psychological nature of the show it can sometimes be difficult to watch more than three episodes at a time. I recommend watching the show over a period of time rather than binge watching the whole thing in one sitting.
Overall, I give Jessica Jones an 7.5/10 stars.
If you’ve watched Jessica Jones, what did you think? Let me know in the comments! And subscribe for more movie, tv and book reviews.