Sunday, November 29, 2015

Jessica Jones S1 Review

I voraciously consumed season 1 of Jessica Jones. 

It's just so well-written. The characters are so well developed. No character seems shallow or one-dimensional, and even the guy hopped up on Super Soldier Steroids had a fleshed out character arc, if a little demented.

In terms of character and writing, I'd be hard-pressed to find a single example of a television show better. It immediately catapulted into my all-time favorite list—a place I'm not sure the similarly awesome Daredevil show occupies—and is arguably too good to be on that list.

There's a lot of sentimental choices for my all-time favorite list, and a lot of times cool wins out over art; but this show is simply incredible in both the entertainment front and the just-really-good and spoiling-us-for-anything-else front.

I've heard many people complain about some dragging out near the end, but I didn't witness it. There did not seem to be filler as much as there were characters that maybe weren't as important to you. I suppose if you weren't locked into the story as a whole and just wanted to see the primary thing resolved then it may seem like a bit of filler, but I felt that it was perfectly written and if we hadn't seen what happened with those characters we'd be left wanting.

I just can't get over how good the writing is for this show. How strong the characters are. Jessica Jones is one of the greatest characters I've seen in a TV show or movie in years and she's all the more strong for being portrayed as a real person (albeit one with superpowers—including the superpower of impossible alcohol tolerance).

She's damaged with PTSD and has been the victim in the past, she doesn't consider herself a hero but secretly desperately wants to be one.

If anyone does get short shrift in the show, I'd say it's probably Luke Cage near the end. We never really get to see how he is dealing with the revelations Jessica has shared with him (I suppose these will be addressed in the sequel series centering around him . . . but I really hope Jessica occupies a role in that show also).

David Tennant as Kilgrave is brilliant, and if you weren't sure if maybe he was a one-hit wonder with Doctor Who, the guy can act and he brings it to bear in this series.

I honestly can't think of any particular weaknesses that wouldn't just be nitpicking. I didn't particularly love the implied-incestuous-twins or the turn the sister character took later on, but as far as side characters, they were a lot less annoying many in other television shows, and even though I didn't care for them, I didn't hate or loathe them.

It helps that they don't take up that much screen time and they actually do help the plot progress when they do show up as well as give us some more character development for Jessica's character.

All-in-all, people approaching this series to fill the unbearably long void between Marvel movies may be disappointed. It has action and superhero goings on, but it is not a Marvel movie. The focus is tight, characters rule the day, it's more of a noir than an action-adventure (especially the first episode).

This show should appeal to all but the worse dude-bros, misogynists, and purists (or any combination of the three). I can definitely see a certain subset of the population being upset about the looks of Jessica Jones (beautiful, but not exaggerated comic book standards of beauty), her outfits (personally, I loved the tops—although I was a little exasperated by her jeans—but no, I'm referring not to her sense of style, but rather to the fact that she's not wearing spandex, that is, her superhero outfit), and the fact that she's an honest-to-goodness real character.

As far as Luke Cage's look . . . I think the first time he's introduced he's wearing something similar to his comic book shirt (but that's just a yellow t-shirt, sooooo, yeah). Honestly, he looks about twice as good without a shirt, and the show is not afraid of displaying that. I don't think anyone will be complaining.

He's very good looking.

Kilgrave is a real bastard of a villain. I thought for a hot second there they were going to make him a sympathetic villain, but they doubled down on him being a bastard hard. He's terrible. Really great addition to the show. Kilgrave looks like Doctor Who, but in some really nice expensive looking clothes, with the purple theme throughout. (In the comics, his skin is purple).

As I said in the 3 episode review, Jessica Jones has completely spoiled me for Supergirl. I don't see myself returning to that universe anytime soon, and I am all the more excited for Luke Cage and Season 2 of Daredevil. More Jessica please!

Have you seen it yet? If not, what are you waiting for? If so, what did you think? Comment below. Thanks for reading!

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