Volume 4, Issue 51!
“TV Review: Jessica Jones”
The second series to come from Marvel Studios and Netflix, Jessica Jones doesn’t have as much hype surrounding it like Daredevil did. Jessica Jones is a relatively new character when it comes to the Marvel line, and unlike the Man Without Fear, she didn’t have a movie in the early 2000’s to boost her profile with “normies”. Despite this, Jessica Jones not only stands toe to toe with Matt Murdock’s series from earlier in the year, it completely stands on it’s on.
Delving more deeply into the noir themes of Daredevil, Jessica Jones follows the titular PI (played by Krysten Ritter) as she learns that an old foe from her past has returned. This slow burn is the main catalyst for the entire series. Unlike the Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos series Alias that Jones is based on, there aren’t many cases that Jessica takes on during the series. Instead, the case in the opening episode reveals that Jessica’s old foe Kilgrave (David Tennant) is back, and she decides that she has to take him down once and for all.
Jessica Jones does a fantastic job of showcasing the trauma and panic attacks that befall our main character. I was initially skeptical of Ritter after she was cast, and even MORE skeptical after reading Alias, but I have to say, I was very impressed with Ritter’s performance. While I still think she looks a little too young for the role, Ritter does an extremely effective job of selling Jessica’s fears about facing Kilgrave again.
Speaking of Kilgrave, holy hell is David Tennant good. While his look and origin is completely different from his comic book counterpart, Kilgrave’s mannerisms and personality are spot on. David Tennant strikes an incredible balance of menace and sympathy; so much so that you’ll be surprised by how much you like this character. Between him and Mike Colter’s pitch perfect Luke Cage; Jessica Jones has one hell of a cast.
More so than Daredevil, Jessica Jones is most definitely NOT for kids. If you were thinking about letting little Billy check out a few episodes, I don’t recommend it. Not only is there a surprising amount of sex, the series deals with PTSD and has some pretty adult subject matter in the series. There isn’t a huge amount of fighting, but then again, it wouldn’t really fit the tone of the show. And there are a few twists and changes from the original Alias series that might make a few fans upset, but they’re not anything so huge that you’ll quit watching the show.
Marvel and Netflix are now 2-0 with their series, which makes the pressure for Luke Cage even higher. But if Cage is even half as good as Jessica Jones, we’re in for a treat. Jessica Jones wasn’t just a solid Marvel Studios product; it’s one of the best TV series I’ve seen all year. It completely engrossed me and had the perfect combination of casting, writing, and directing. If you’re still on the fence about it, jump in.