Jessica Jones Series 1
This Netflix original chronicles the life of one of the darker Marvel characters, the mysterious Jessica Jones. When a tragedy puts an the end to her short-lived career as a superhero, Jessica settles in New York City and opens her own detective agency, called Alias Investigations, which seems to be called into cases involving people who have special abilities. Suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome, Jessica wants to do good, but her primary interest isn’t in saving the world, it’s saving her apartment and getting through each day. Based on a graphic novel intended for adults, this is not a superhero story for the kids.
Guys. Come on. Jessica Jones though! As the trailer for DEFENDERS was released at Comic Con, I thought it fitting to do a quick review on the Netflix series Jessica Jones.
Straight to it, Jessica Jones isn’t your usual superhero. A private investigator and a magnet for trouble, Jessica is constantly finding herself in sticky situations – from running away from a psycho telepath to helping a teenager accused of murdering her parents. Like that wasn’t enough drama as it is, we see Jessica’s past and what she overcame in order to try and help people – not going to lie it’s pretty sad.
Even though it is a Marvel show, it is not the usual funny show that you would think. There are some really dark themes throughout that are explored, so anyone who is affected by sexual abuse or child abuse should maybe give this a miss?
Anyway, the pilot episode can get a bit confusing. You get a good sense of how damaged Jessica is emotionally, and the extent of her alcoholism – who wouldn’t turn to a bit of booze after what she has been through! You get flashbacks as well, and we see some hints of our Telepathic villain Kilgrave (played by the legendary David Tennant).
Jessica’s superpower is her strength – girl is crazy strong and we see she doesn’t know her strength. We get to see her try to fly though! The lack of detail into her background and how she got her powers indicates there will be another season, and it will be EPIC!
We get to see other important characters as well, including Luke Cage (hero for hire) and Officer Simpson (NUKE), and how easy it is to go from being a hero to a villain. We see a grey area between the side of Good and Evil and this theme is explored all the way throughout the show. Officer Simpson is a dodgy character and we see that he is easily swayed into being a bad guy because he is so intent on trying to take down evil – The Irony is not lost there. Luke Cage is another character that I find struggles with himself and his powers. After the death of his wife, he is intent on running and staying at the bar that she owned – which is kind of cute. He is really into getting revenge for his wife who was hit by a bus (no spoilers there) and you see a blatant attraction between Jess and Luke. I won’t lie to you but there are some steamy scenes.
Also, don’t get to attached to all the characters. That is my advice. I get a bit too attached to TV characters and (no spoilers) if something happens to them then I get so upset. I know it is lame. Jessica Jones is an emotional whirlpool. Like one minute I am laughing at one of her awesome one liners, then the next I am shocked by something crazy that happened! This show is definitely unpredictable.
The thing about doing a review about Jessica Jones is that if I tell you what my favourite scenes are it’s a major spoiler! So my fellow readdlers, I leave it all in your hands.