Jessica Jones: Season 1

Jessica Jones: Season 1

Written by Kate Loneragan

Starring: Krysten Ritter, Racheal Taylor, David Tennant, Erin Moriarty, Carrie Anne Hogarth, Mike Colter

Jessica Jones is a slow burn. Like a puzzle that’s all shades of one colour taking shape piece by piece. Over the course of its first 13 episode season Jessica Jones dolls out just enough information to keep you on the edge of your seat, sitting there ready for the next episode.  

Jessica Jones is an alcoholic private detective, who just so happens to have super strength, and can maybe fly a little bit.  Jessica Jones is a mess. She doesn’t have any friends outside of her only pair of jeans and the whiskey bottle, she trails a bar owner at night and cheating spouses during the day. Jessica’s quiet, lonely existence skids to a halt when the parents of the missing Hope Shlottman brings back the man who pushed Jessica into what she is. Kilgrave is back and Jessica is faced with a choice: run away and escape or stay and do something.

The first season of Jessica Jones is a noir detective’s story about a woman putting the pieces of the story, and herself, together. It’s styled and slick, the whole feel of the show is bleak but it’s the character who bring moments of colour through their desire to just help, whoever needs it.

Jessica is backed up by her foster sister Trish, roommate Malcolm, bar owner Luke Cage and eccentric neighbours Robyn and Rueben; and mostly against Jessica’s wishes. In her words she’s ‘life threatening’.  The supporting cast is a solid array of characters, each a surprise and each pulling Jessica out of her past.  Some of them are as evil as a human can be without superpowers. Jessica Jones contains multitudes and is so layered you spend most of it wondering who else could be a villain.

Jessica Jones is horrifying in it’s humanness. Kilgrave is for me is the most terrifying villain to come out of this Superhero boom. Kilgrave is the thing you’re scared his hiding in plain sight, siting in front of you, buying you dinner. His insidious power has it grubby hands over every minute of this series, you never know when he’s around, how his plans are taking shape. David Tennant is horrifying, his Kilgrave is entitled, childlike in his demands. As his adversary Kristin Ritter is powerful, her Jessica is at once cold and heartfelt, demanding that everyone around her lives while she sacrifices her life in perceived penance.

I would highly recommend Jessica Jones to anyone looking for something new out the superhero genre, it is smart and
Jessica Jones, the second in the Marvel/Netflix Defenders foursome, is in equal parts a terrifying chase movie and a tale of survival and recovery. I am more excited for Season 2 than any other new show.

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