(Hy)LIGHTS #38: Marvel’s JESSICA Jones

So about 7 months ago, the first of many Marvel/Netflix shows DAREDEVIL streamed on the service and myself among everyone else loved the series and thought it was a better Marvel-made TV series than the ones airing on ABC and now we are about to take notice of their second Marvel series, Jessica Jones.

I know most of you comic fans know you she is but what about the casuals? Well, the character is created by Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos debuting in November 2001 with Alias #1 and she is a former superhero who became a P.I. in her solo company Alias Private Investigations. Unlike DareDevil, Jessica Jones didn’t have any previous incarnations (thankfully) and this is the character’s first foray into visual medium.

The premise of the show is following a tragic end to her brief superhero career as Jessica Jones tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City.

However, it does grow into a long plotline for the show as clients of Jessica, The Shlottmans, hired her to find their daughter Hope and that leads into introducing the main antagonist of the season, Kilgrave.


So, after watching all 13 episodes of this, I’m just going to say this: This makes me NOT want to watch any more of the ABC/Marvel shows because once again like Daredevil, this show blew me away on how fantastic it is and it kept me hooked episode after episode and that’s especially after the first episode and man, did that episode left me surprised.

This review may sound similar to the one I did with Daredevil but I do believe it is very on par or greater than that show when it comes to the appropriate dark tone of the show and can easily be the most mature out of the Marvel shows especially when it comes to sexuality, rape and even PTSD (Yeah, this show actually handles PTSD well! I’ll leave it at that) and it handles that subject matter substantially well without one factor overshadowing the other. It keeps the right balance of the noir style, the dramatic moments when it comes to exploring the characters and some genuinely funny moments that never overstay their welcome nor becomes silly for its own good. Another point is that their execution never seemed vanilla or stale as it went along. It isn’t too procedural or case-of-the-week but it also isn’t some over-the-top melodramatic or trying too hard to be edgy while sucking at it.

And yes, you will hear some MCU references here and then but once again, at this point it is expected of them.

As for the performances and the characters…..Krysten Ritter gave her best performance on the show as the title character as she brought out the scornful and tough substance of Jones onto the screen and she can handle her own in the drama department considering most of Ritter’s past work has been comedy (with some drama in there). Mike Colter comes in as Luke Cage aka the title character of the next Netflix MCU show following this and he is also good in this. Same can be said for our other actors Rachael Taylor (Trish Walker), Carrie Anne-Moss (Jeri Hogarth – yes, I know they switched genders from the comics), Erin Moriarty (Hope Shlottman) and Eka Darville (Malcolm) but of course, the biggest and best performance of the show is David Tennant is Kilgrave and he definitely give you chills as a villain and if you’re Whovians, you are probably scared of him now. He, along with Vincent D’Onofrio’s Fisk, are the best Marvel villains to date and are easily stronger villains than the most of the MCU movies.

FINAL VERDICT: Overall, Jessica Jones is another great addition to the MCU. Well, in the verse of Marvel/Netflix shows. I’ve pretty much said the same shit I said about Daredevil but fuck it, I’m pretty much sticking to Marvel shows on Netflix for now and while S.H.I.E.L.D and Agent Carter aren’t bad shows (they’re mildly decent), I’m not as interested in them as I am with these shows.

So, with that said, my grade for this is…

9/10 (Alias) FIRST CLASS

So, DareDevil Season 2 isn’t until Spring 2016 and I don’t know when Luke Cage is going to premiere so……

Yeah…might as well adjust to the ABC shows for a while. (I really need to catch up on them.)

So, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, and I feel the need to laugh at every Tennant Dr. Who fan.

MARVEL’S JESSICA JONES – courtesy of NETFLIX / MARVEL TELEVISION / ABC STUDIOS

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