With the unexpected success of B-list characters from Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant Man, Marvel seem to be incapable of getting it wrong. With the success of Marvels Daredevil, Netflix has taken another risk and added Jessica Jones to their roster but is it any good?
So Jessica Jones is a Marvel comic character created by Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos, and first appeared in Alias#1 to which the show keeps core resemblance. Plot wise Jessica Jones used to be a hero utilising super human strength, along with the ability to jump extremely high until she quit and became a private investigator. With her new found profession Jessica spends her time photographing the seedy and shameful in Hell’s Kitchen for cash, which is where this dark and dank story begins.
Krysten Ritter who you may remember as Jessie’s girlfriend from breaking bad or Chloe from Dont Trust the B* in Apartment 23 does an amazing job playing Jessica Jones. Not a massive fan of her previous shows, she absolutely nails this character who is a sarcastic and flawed alcoholic that has a lot of depth for a comic character. Her character who like Marvels other Netflix original Daredevil is very dark, and helps to show DC that they are not the only ones who can deliver grim and conflicted heroes with a great story. Marvel in my opinion never lacks against DC in terms of its heroes but in its villians, which David Tennant’s Kilgrave has made a great step in rectifying. Not a generic villain Kilgrave is a suave very disturbing Brit who tends to get what he wants, giving a very welcome theme change from all action to more psychological which further enforces the great character development. Other than Jessica and Kilgrave the supporting cast are slightly meh filling generic roles of moaning best friend, moaning male friend and obligatory love interest, although the characters Simpson, Robyn and Hogarth actually bring something different and interesting.
I was very pleased with Daredevil and felt Marvel could be on to something with thier TV shows which have always lagged behind DC in terms of popularity and quality, however Jessica Jones really is a turning point where i had no option but to binge watch that show until completion because i felt so invested. This resulted in bringing real moments of sympathy for our hero, and real moments of hate for our villain who is perhaps the darkest character i have yet seen from a comic TV adaptation. If you are a DC fan or really crave a dark and gritty story then this is a must watch. With great lead characters and a compelling story, Jessica Jones is easily one of the best comic based TV shows around and i cant wait for a second season.
- Great story
- Great lead characters
- Deep and complex characters
- Generic supporting characters
- Unnecessary side plots
Final Score – 7.5/10