Series Review: Jessica Jones


Christy Choueiri
Staff Writer

2015 was a great year for both Netflix and Marvel fans, for among the shows Netflix had released last year, Daredevil and Jessica Jones were some of the most critically acclaimed the network had come up with.

November 20, 2015 marks the day the world of television got its complete dose of Jessica Jones episodes, as per Netflix’s usual binge-it-or-leave-it approach that sees the network release the whole season on the same day. In “Girls Night Out”, i.e. the first episode of the show, the viewers are introduced to the main character and protagonist, Jessica Jones. Jones is portrayed as a tough, hard-headed, seemingly emotionally detached private investigator who basically makes a living by catching cheating partners in the act.

Jones, however, is no run-of-the-mill PI; she literally scales buildings in order to get the resources she needs to get the job done. How, you ask? Super strength’s your answer.  And of course, when there’s a protagonist, there’s an antagonist; but in the case of Jessica Jones, the antagonist is not an I-want-world-domination super villain. Jones’ rival, otherwise known as “Kilgrave”, is a mind-controlling homicidal maniac, who basically experiences no sense of remorse whatsoever. Throughout the show, Jones makes several attempts at ending Kilgrave’s reign of terror over Hell’s Kitchen (the town Jones resides in), but finds only failure, as Kilgrave is always one step ahead of her.

Jessica Jones follows a rather fast pace, making it impossible for viewers to get bored even for a single second. You always want to see more. However, due to the nature of Kilgrave’s psychopathic tendencies, watching may get difficult, for certain scenes can seriously shock audiences. In fact, many of the scenes are gory, which also contributes to the shock-factor of the show.

Another notable feature that makes the show worth watching is the phenomenal acting the stars deliver. Krysten Ritter, who plays Jessica Jones, delivers an electrifying performance, immersing us into Jones’ journey, and compelling us to care about what happens, fearing for her and her loved ones’ lives. Similarly, David Tenant, who portrays Kilgrave, delivers an over-the-top performance, schooling all those other Marvel baddies about how a real, terrifying villain should be. He brings Kilgrave to life, making you wonder what would happen to you if you were to ever encounter such terror.

2016 brings more good news for Marvel fans, as Netflix has already renewed the show for a second season. If the sequel was to be as good as the first, then we’re in for another rollercoaster ride of binge-watching Jessica Jones.

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