Marvel’s Jessica Jones (season 1) – TV Show Review

Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter)
Patricia Walker (Rachel Taylor)
Luke Cage (Mike Colter)
Malcolm Ducasse (Eka Darville)
Nuke Simpson (Wil Traval)
Hope Schlottman (Erin Moriarty)
Kilgrave (David Tennant)

Daredevil season two is mere hours away, and just last night I finished watching Marvel’s other Netflix original (so far), Jessica Jones.

Jessica Jones follows alcoholic private investigator Jessica Jones, who has enhanced strength and super jumping following an accident that occurred when she was a teenager. I’m not going to get into details of this because it’s spoiler territory. 

Somewhere along the line in her past, she encountered a man named Kilgrave, who has the ability to make people do exactly what he says. She becomes his slave, and over time, counters his ability, and in due time an accident occurs in which she thought he died. 
She thought wrong. 
The series picks up from there. 
Krysten Ritter was the perfect choice for this role. She had to be someone who you don’t hate, but you don’t see as an all out good person like Captain America. If anything, she’s actually a bad person, but she will do anything to bring Kilgrave down, at least for the people that have been hurt because of him. She owned it, and there’s really no way around that. 
Every time I saw Rachel Taylor I couldn’t help but think of that annoying Australian girl from Transformers, and that’s probably what made her performance seems like nothing special to me.
Eka Darville’s character though, I don’t think I connected with any character as much as I did him, and he’s a secondary character at best. There’s no way to not like him, and with everything that he wanted to do, to help and to always be there to bring people together, I really liked the character.
And finally with the protagonists, Mike Colter as Luke Cage was okay. I feel like someone else could have maybe done a better job, because at times his acting seemed completely off. He’s not bad, as such, but it could have been better.

But the person I’d like to talk about most is David Tennant. Most people, with Daredevil, said that the performance of the antagonist was better than the protagonist, and popular opinion for this show states otherwise. Strangely enough, I contradict both of those opinions.
David Tennant’s character Kilgrave, who absolutely abuses his power to a point where you know there’s nothing but evil in this man, is just a terrible person. He’s manipulative, ruthless, and will do anything to get what he wants. Call me a sadist then, when I say I loved him. From the moment I saw him, to the very end, there was no character I would have rather seen on screen. I can’t even find words to express how much I loved this character, you really need to see his performance to understand. He was genuinely funny too! I don’t usually laugh at all when I’m watching anything (it’s usually like a little smirk), but numerous times I was laughing at something Kilgrave would say. I really didn’t think I’d say this before watching the show, but I like Kilgrave more than I liked Kingpin, and trust me. I really liked Kingpin. 

The references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe may have been subtle in Daredevil, but in this they are not. At all. At one point there’s even a child wearing a Captain America costume!

But I’ll have to talk about some negatives. Comparing the show to Daredevil, I feel like Daredevil is better. I found no flaws in that show, but in this I found a couple. I’ve already mentioned Mike Colter’s bland performance, but the show also took some time to get going. In the thirteen episode span, I was never really into the first three, and only after Kilgrave was made prominent from around the fourth episode did I really get invested. And as the show progressed though, it just kept getting better and better, and I was actually pretty disappointed that it had to end. I’m not a big fan of the ending, but I can understand why it was as it was. 

I love this show, a lot, and I’d give it the full rating if I was attached right from the start. But because of the time it took, albeit with the rest of the show being phenomenal, I’ll have to grade it as such.

On a scale where M is the lowest, and R is the highest possible rating, with the highlighted letter being the rating:

Marvel’s Jessica Jones (season 1): MIHIR


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