For those of you who either a) don’t stream video and therefore don’t have a Netflix subscription or b) have been living under a rock for the last few months, on November 20th Netflix premiered the second of their exclusive Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) series with Marvel’s Jessica Jones.
I don’t know why, but November 20th was a big release day. Aside from being the 30th Anniversary of Microsoft Windows and the Marvel Jessica Jones release date, it also saw The Man In The High Castle become available on Amazon’s FireTv and Mockingjay Part II of the Hunger Games franchise hit theaters. Needless to say… I had some tough choices to make this past weekend.
I’m sure by the title of the post you can tell I chose to binge on Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Honestly, it was a really good choice. The show was everything it was advertised as, and more. The show was smart, dark (without being underexposed or poorly lit), and shaped to fit nicely into the MCU.
The series premise is that “gifted” Jessica Jones, proprietor of Alias Investigations, has suffered psychological trauma at a supposedly deceased mind-controlling fellow “gifted” person known as Killgrave. Of course, being based on a comic, dead isn’t actually dead. The series basically follows the back and forth between the two with a few added characters, such as future Netflix series star Luke Cage, in for good measure. The story arc is strong with enough twists and swerves to keep you wondering until the very end.
I have to be honest, I really liked the show for two major reasons. First, I think Krysten Ritter did an amazing portrayal of an emotionally and mentally tortured Jones. Secondly, it was just really realistic… at least in the way people behaved. Throughout the series, I recognized behaviour I’ve seen in others (as well as myself) portrayed as it actually is in the real life.
Without spoiling anything, there are a bunch of easter eggs and hooks that tie Jessica Jones into the rest of the MCU. Most notably is the appearance of Rosario Dawson reprising her Daredevil role as RN Claire Temple. Overall it’s a great series and makes me look forward to both the upcoming Luke Cage and Iron Fist series.
If you have time to binge, I definitely recommend make a day out of Marvel’s Jessica Jones.