It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Jessica Jones?! Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is a “retired” superhero turned private investigator. I use the term retired loosely as one will find Jessica becomes more heroic as the storyline progresses. Jessica is not only a great private investigator, but also has super strength and can jump higher and farther than normally people.
Jessica was trying to stay out of the media and public’s eye, trying to stay as retired as retired can be. This was all well and good until one of Jessica’s old boyfriends, Killgrave (David Tennant) , came back from “the dead”. Killgrave has the ability to control people’s mind. Jessica takes it upon herself to stop him.
One of the best things about Jessica Jones, ironically, is Killgrave. He brings life to the show and seems almost unstoppable. Being able to control minds, telling them to do whatever you want them to, is a very powerful tool. Watching Jessica Jones overcome the struggle against her former lover is extremely enjoyable.
The introduction of Luke Cage (Mike Colter) in Jessica Jones was also enjoyable. It painted a backstory for the Netflix Luke Cage story that is coming up. This could play a downfall in that series however for those who do not watch Jessica Jones. That’s something that will yet to be seen.
Like Marvel’s Daredevil, Jessica Jones is a darker series with not as many laughs. This comes with the fact that Jessica is a darker character with more trust issues than a rocky relationship. However, one of the downfalls for the superhero lover, is that Jessica Jones doesn’t have amazing superpowers like other superheroes.
Positives – Killgrave is a great villain bringing a lot of life to the show, introducing Luke Cage was a good idea especially bringing in a second superhero, the show introduced a second villain which wasn’t clear if he was killed or still alive (possible season 2 villain?), the little crossover from Daredevil to Jessica Jones was interesting (Setting up a Daredevil/Jessica Jones teamup in the future?)
Negatives – Jessica Jones’s superabilities aren’t as thrilling as other superheroes, loose ends leave a season 2 scenario open, however leave more to be desired from season 1
Overall – 8/10
Jessica Jones, although lacking a lot in a superhero show, brings a lot to the table. The struggle Jessica Jones goes through as a person as well as Killgrave being extremely powerful make Jessica Jones extremely entertaining and a welcome show to the Marvel universe.
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