Hello, fellow moviegoers!
After the wild success of Daredevil earlier this year, Marvel has gone all in on their Netflix exclusive TV series. Jessica Jones is the newest member of Marvel’s Defenders to hit the streaming service around the world. I had almost no anticipation for this series. I had watched all of the trailers, seen all the posters, and heard all the reviews, but I couldn’t get excited about it. When the series was released on Netflix I decided to give it a go. Was it a good idea? Is this show worth your time? Here are my thoughts…
I am so glad that I decided to watch this show. The best part of the series no questions asked was the villain in David Tennant as Kilgrave. Every time he was on screen he would capture the attention of whoever was watching. His character was utterly terrifying. His powers of mind-control and the way he used them were disturbing at times. I don’t think this show would have worked as well as it did without him.
The character of Luke Cage and his portrayal by Mike Colter was also very impressive. I would get so excited whenever he was in an episode. While he was only a supporting character in this show, they did a brilliant job getting the audience excited for his standalone Netflix series.
The plot of the series is what really makes it great. With all of its twists and turns, it keeps you guessing and there were points where I had no predictions for what was going to happen. The series did have a very slow build up. The first few episodes were a bit by-the-numbers but once you hit episode four or five it goes downhill fast, in a good way.
With the slow build up, there were a few episodes that felt like filler. Some towards the end of the season involving Wil Traval’s character seemed to be there only to set up future seasons. I wasn’t a big fan of that character in general. His character changed so quickly and so drastically that it was jarring.
There are times that the show gets a little too dark for my tastes. With next to no comedic relief, there were several episodes that were emotionally wearing. Even Daredevil had a lighter tone than this show, which is saying a lot.
The opening scene was also very impressive. Not quite as visually and audibly striking as the Daredevil intro, but it was still very good. I wasn’t a big fan of it over the first few episodes, but it grew on me as the series continued.
This series is still a part of the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe. Just like Daredevil, they handled that connection very well. We don’t actually see major characters, but there are references and Easter eggs that will only be noticed by people really looking for it. Jessica Jones is more closely related to the Daredevil Netflix series. There is even a recurring character from Daredevil that shows up towards the end of the series.
At the end of the day, I really enjoyed Jessica Jones. It’s a very serious show, too much for its own good sometimes. It’s not as good as Daredevil, but I would still recommend very much.
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