Prior to watching the first few episodes of Jessica Jones, I didn’t know much about the comic book character. And, in large part, that remains unchanged and I quite like it that way. There is something to say about the naivety of a new series. I know nothing about the character– so the show is not ruined (yet) by expectations. The only thing I knew about the character (and I did little research to verify any of this) is that she was a sort-of Superhero that washed out. She quit being a hero after a villain had mind-controlled her to do unspeakable things for over 8 months…and to make matters worse, most people, and other heroes, didn’t even realize she was gone. Afterwards she quit being a hero and became a private detective for her own agency called Alias.
I a probably going to be murdered for saying this but… I like the show better than Daredevil? There were a few things that stopped me from thoroughly enjoying the show. For one, I thought the progression of the story was a bit slow, I think since I knew eventually he would be the masked hero, I kept waiting for him to take up the mantle… and it took forever to do so. And man, every episode felt like it was dragging– particularly in the earlier episodes. I liked the villain in the show– but it wasn’t enough to constantly keep my attention.
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Ever since her short-lived stint as a Super Hero ended in tragedy, Jessica Jones has been rebuilding her personal life and career as a hot-tempered, sardonic, badass private detective in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Plagued by self-loathing, and a wicked case of PTSD, Jessica battles demons from within and without, using her extraordinary abilities as an unlikely champion for those in need… especially if they’re willing to cut her a check.
Part of what I really enjoy about this show, which is also a part that I imagine comic-book and hero fans will hate, is that it is not a traditional superhero show. Jessica Jones is a failed hero, she knows it and doesn’t think of herself as such anymore. She doesn’t have the same optimism that someone like Supergirl would have. The show is also not overly reliant on her powers– which at this point appear to be super strength and possibly flight. I know she has flight in the comics but it may not be a discovered ability for her yet… all she can manage is jumping really…really high. What makes this anti-hero dynamic work in the show is that an overall feel more like a cop-show with supernatural elements rather than superhero show. She spends more time…well.. detecting than she does using powers, they are there if she needs it, but over time as a private investigator you can tell she prefers to get by without them. And I think, in many ways, why I like the pacing of the show more. With Daredevil, I knew he was going to become a hero, with Jessica Jones, I don’t expect her to become one (at least within the scope of the show), so rather than heavily anticipating it and being disappointed every episode when it doesn’t happen, I spend more time glued to the story.
Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones) does a spectacular job as the titular main character in the show. She balances both bitchy/jaded P.I. and passionate hero-hopeful really well in the show. Both sides of the coin are believable and justified and she can switch either on at the drop of a hate. She is also balanced well with creative side characters like the likable drug addict neighbor Malcom Ducasse (Eka Darvill), the strange and loud twin upstairs neighbors Robyn and Ruben (Colby Minifie and Kieran Mulcare) and the jaded super-powered bar owner Luke Cake (Mike Colter) just to name a few. Each character bring an interesting perspective to the table and all fit in the story effortlessly and have great chemistry with Ritter.
The effects do not seem overly cheesy, but on the same note are mostly unnecessary for the story. Jones doesn’t utilize her powers too much, Luke Cage for practical effect purposes has similar powers and the shows main villain has a power that needs zero special effects. So I guess its more likely that if the special effects are bad, I have seen so little of them within the show that they might as well be either spectacular or non-existent. But I like it that way, over-the-top CGI can be distracting especially when done poorly. Without it I get more of a chance to admire the solid acting or scripting done for the show, which is superb.
But alas, David Tennant steals the show whenever he is on-screen. But…I mean… he is the 10th Doctor after all. In the show he plays Zebediah Killgrave, a man who has the power to mind control people do to or say whatever he wants. He actually has a close relationship with our protagonist as he kidnapped her for 8 months and kept her under his control, making her do unspeakable things. Jones chases every clue that Killgrave leaves and this is where the show gets its tension, suspense and awesome. Tennant portrays Killgrave as an unforgiving and bashful villain that cares little about the lives of those around him. He has no problem casually strolling in and telling you to break the love of your life’s heart and then murder yourself in front of them. And yet he does it in such a cool and bad ass way that it is a bit likable (and horrifying). He steals the show in every scene that he is in and I just keep wanting to see more of him!
Overall, the first couple of episodes were the slowest, but they do small things to grab your attention along the way. Unlike daredevil I had no problems watching 3-5 episodes in one sitting without getting bored. It isn’t action packed or overly super-powered but it plays well as a detective-type show where Jones is attempting to track down Killgrave before he hurts anyone else. I definitely recommend this show whether you are a Marvel or DC fan or even if you’re just a casual television viewer!