Jessica Jones: another gritty and exciting show from Marvel and Netflix

Posted on 26 November 2015
By Roisin Gordon
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After Marvel’s Cinematic Universe’s first successful collaboration with Netflix after Daredevil, they have teamed up again to bring another of their creations to life- the lesser known Jessica Jones and they didn’t disappoint!

Whilst it feels more like a crime drama as it is less about being a superhero and focusing more on dark subject matters such as rape and PTSD, the show has done a brilliant job of making it exciting and keeping you filled with suspense by throwing in twists and keeping you guessing along the way.

From the opening scene of the first episode, where we see a montage of crimes in the city of New York and given a narration about the crimes that go on, it’s just a taster about what you are about to be let in for.

The story follows the titular protagonist (Krysten Ritter) a sarcastic and cynical private eye whose brief superhero career ended after a tragic accident and as a result left her with many flashbacks and nightmares of her past, most notably featuring a man named Kilgrave (David Tennant) who was clearly a sociopath that had her under his control, like Jones he also possessed powers of his own but like most comic book villains used them for his own selfish ways, she believes him to be dead after a bus accident.

Now working as a private eye, Jessica’s past has come back to haunt her where she is faced against Kilgrave once again and now she must be a hero once again by battling her demons and do what she can to stop him from hurting just about anyone he faces.

Jessica Jones is nothing like Marvel superheroes we’ve seen so far, she’s cynical, drinks a lot and is plagued with constant self-loathing but at the same time she’s a fighter with a sarcastic edge which you can’t help but love her.

Also like most Marvel adaptations, there are lots of supporting characters linked to the protagonist, most of them whose stories you become really invested in, whilst others you wished you saw less off. Luke Cage was by far the most interesting but didn’t seem to have as much screen-time which is probably being saved for the spin off.

Krysten Ritter did a perfect job of bringing the character of Jessica Jones to life, by identifying her as bad tempered and sarcastic but vulnerable underneath it all, she makes you fall in love with her from the minute you meet her no matter how flawed she is.

David Tennant became known to millions as the eccentric yet loveable Doctor Who but here it couldn’t be any more different. He’s ruthless, sadistic, charming and a little bit terrifying and you see the horrific lengths he goes to get his own way.

This is definitely must watch TV for this year, it’s just as dark and refreshing as Daredevil and will no doubt keep you on the edge of your seat.

Rate: 4.5/5