So if you’ve got Netflix or are a fan of Marvel, you would have seen the mass of Netflix Original Marvel shows: ‘Luke Cage’, ‘Daredevil’, ‘Iron Fist’, ‘The Defenders’ and this one, ‘Jessica Jones’. To be honest, I wasn’t sure whether I was going to watch these, as some of them you have to watch in order to understand others and that really irritates me. But it’s all because of a Marvel Universe timeline or something… Although, happily you can watch ‘Jessica Jones’ on its own and that’s what I did because I couldn’t get into the other ones, maybe I will another time. Anyway…
‘Jessica Jones’ is extremely different to the Marvel films, the films of Avengers, light and superhero savour is not transferred to this television programme. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the Avenger films, in fact I usually go see them in the cinema once they’ve been released. But I love this show, I love the differences. It is very cleverly put together to contrast the Avengers.
Jessica Jones, the main protagonist of this Marvel show, is played by Krysten Ritter and I believe she is the best actress for her, she becomes the character and suits everything about her, plays her amazingly well. Jessica is a PI, private investigator, at Alias Investigations, in the underbelly of a city she lurks in shadows and photographs those riddled in affairs and crime. Deep down, Jessica is troubled from her past, her whole family’s death, the man who used and abused her, she has a traumatised history. Her coping mechanism is at the bottom of a bottle, of any whisky bottle. The theme of alcoholism is a common denominator throughout the series as it’s the one thing Jessica will always return to. Her past haunts her present, and even more so when her past comes to find her once again. Introducing the series bad guy, and a hell of a bad guy at that, Kilgrave, which by the way is played by the phenomenal David Tennant. A psychopathic, narcissistic mind-controller, his power is extremely strong as he forces people to do what he wants, whether that’s to give into him or kill themselves… He’s definitely a horrendous villain. Jessica is forced to face her fears when others are being controlled like she once was. Time to use her magnificent strength, physically and mentally, to help.
Another character who should be mentioned is Jessica’s adopted sister, Trish (Rachael Taylor). A strong female protagonist who desires to be as strong as Jessica, but is the complete opposite. Her character is definitely one that grows throughout the series as she becomes obsessive and determined, also troubled. Where Jessica is easily found in a bar, Trish is easily found through the paparazzi as her childhood stardom as Patsy is constantly remembered by the public and her Trish Talk radio station keeps up her celebratory status. She’s desperate for her best friend to be a superhero, not matter how much Jessica rejects the thought. Finally, another strong female protagonist is Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss), a manipulative but powerful lawyer. Her character, again, is one that develops so much, and the struggles she endeavours are hard-hitting by the end. Survival is everything. All the characters are flawed, and many do things which are controversial in thought, but I think that is what makes them great characters, they feel real. Although, neither characters are likable throughout the whole series.
‘Jessica Jones’ is definitely a show that becomes extremely addictive, in the action, crime and thrilling moments of this dingy city. Jessica is powered, but she never asked for her strength, she got them without choice. Her life is full of terror and trauma. A mass of problems arise throughout the series as Jessica struggles in her own mind as she blocks people out and turns to alcohol every time. I would definitely recommend watching this show, I watched it extremely quickly. Personally, I think series two is great too, not as good as series one, but still stands some ground in enjoyment, regardless of popular opinion. Become absorbed in this different light of Marvel, purposely made to look low-budget and dark.