REVIEW: Jessica Jones – Season One (2015)

Jessica Jones Season Review

The following is a season one review of Marvel’s Jessica Jones, a Netflix Original show.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones is a Netflix Original show created by Melissa Rosenberg, of Twilight and Dexter-fame, which continues the Netflix adventure for the Disney owned Marvel Universe. Set in the same world as Marvel’s Daredevil and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Jessica Jones continues our journey to The Defenders mini-series. And while Jones’ villain, Kilgrave, wasn’t as complex as Wilson Fisk was in Marvel’s Daredevil, Kilgrave was much scarier. Jessica Jones‘ debut season is just as great as Daredevil‘s first season was.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones follows a super powered female private eye with a dark past and a serious drinking problem. It’s safe to say that this show quickly becomes as gritty as Daredevil was, and incredibly different from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is often referenced. When Jessica goes to look for a missing woman, her past comes back to haunt her, and suddenly no one is safe from the power of the diabolical ‘Kilgrave’.

Jessica Jones is as bold as Tony Stark ever was, and suffers from PTSD, which has been known to haunt him as well. Krysten Ritter gives a great performance as the titular hero, and truly grabs this very special role by the throat. These characters don’t come around very often, and we are lucky to have Ritter as the heroine of the show. While the character is similar to Stark in some particular ways, Jones’ past is much darker than Stark’s, and it sets us on a creepy and sinister search for Kilgrave, who happens to be the creepiest Marvel villain we’ve ever seen in this universe.

While Krysten Ritter is great as Jessica Jones, David Tennant might give the best performance we’ve seen from any Marvel villain. Yes, I think his character is better than Loki and Wilson Fisk. Kilgrave is creepy, diabolical, and sinister. A lot of his early scenes are aesthetically pleasing as the showrunners have orchestrated his impact perfectly. The change in color and background music is exciting and strange every time it happens. David Tennant steals every scene he is in.

Even though he doesn’t appear in every single episode, Luke Cage just might be my favorite character in the show who is not named Kilgrave. I thought Mike Colter did an amazing job as Cage, and I cannot wait to see him in his own show. I thought that Ritter and Colter worked really well together, and I hope they can play alongside each other in both Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Marvel’s Luke Cage.

It seems like the show is set some time after the events of the first season of Marvel’s Daredevil, and if that is indeed the case, then I have a big problem to open the section on my negative notes. While Murdock is referenced at times, I did think that the show needed to reference Daredevil more, as he was not inconsequential to the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen. While Marvel’s Jessica Jones does find a way to link it together with Marvel’s Daredevil, I thought that it needed to adress the events of Marvel’s Daredevil more.

Also, while Luke Cage, Trish Walker (played by Rachael Taylor), and Malcolm (played by Eka Darville) did work for me, most of the secondary characters were disappointing and uninteresting. Robyn (played by Colby Minifie) was the biggest problem here, as her character was badly written and a general annoyance – especially in the tenth episode “AKA 1,000 Cuts”. Even Carrie-Anne Moss’ Jeri Hogarth, who was an interesting character, led to dull subplots.

While it should be commended for making the central storyline work and last for the entire 13-episode season, Marvel’s Jessica Jones had some problems in its ending. With the show peaking right around episode 8 or 9, I thought the show had a tough time finishing off the season when it reached double-digit episodes – perhaps the season was a tad too long. The ending of the season also left something to be desired. It wasn’t as exciting as they, perhaps, had hoped, and instead the ending felt very anti-climactic.

With that having been said, I did love the first season for how it really pulled off the sinister feel that Kilgrave had to emit, as well how they handled some very rough topics. The core characters all worked, and the run of episodes from episode 6, “AKA You’re A Winner!”, to episode 9, “AKA Sin Bin”, was a thrill to watch. A second season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones is a must, and especially if they manage to link it to the other characters of Hell’s Kitchen much smoother than they did in this opening season.

B+

I’m Jeffrey Rex