Oh how glorious it feels to actually write a positive review!!
Jessica Jones is a fresh new series made by Netflix based on the Marvel superhero tale of the same name (or Alias Investigations if you want to get into the semantics). I am seven episodes deep right now and was going to wait until I finished the whole series to review it, but I also figure everyone will have probably binge watched it by then as is the rule with Netflix.
Jessica Jones (Kristyn Ritter) is a woman with “gifts” (superpowers) who gave the whole hero thing a try but it just “didn’t work out” as we learn in the first few episodes. Now Jessica is jaded, hates everyone (and is not afraid to tell them) and runs a Private Investigator business to make ends meet (and keep her powers on the down low).
This series doesn’t just bumble along following a person with super strength as they solve a series of P.I chores (I’m looking at you “Angel”) but delves into a deep back story of how Jessica became the way she is, not in terms of how she got her powers but how and why she abandoned the life of a hero.
Enter David Tennant, oh dear lord Tennant has really outdone himself here. He plays Killgrave, the sociopathic, 100% bastard, cruel and unusual villain and it is absolutely delicious. Everytime I hear his sinister voice my mind makes “nom nom nom” sounds as I feast upon the no remorse, calculated and sinister character!
If you haven’t been a fan of the other superhero themed shows about lately (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Gotham and Netflix’s Daredevil) I recommend you still give this one a try. It’s not all flashy CGI and zingers, in fact the powers of Jessica are really understated to make way for the far more powerful and extremely proficient Killgrave (who has some awesome mind control powers). Not to mention Jessica is very rough around the edges and provides a delightful commentary on how shit people are in general, which I know appealed to me more than Supergirls hopeful and optimistic view of the world.
Another thing I loved about this show is the sountrack! No overwhelming, inspirational superhero themes but instead understated jazz that matches the very film noir techniques used in the cinematography and editing. I would just like to add that I put A LOT of stock in the opening titles of a show, I have very picky taste when it comes to the opening credits and Jessica Jones NAILED IT. Out of all seven episodes I am yet to fast forward the titles which is an honour that I have usually reserve for Xfiles and Doctor Who (I’m sorry Game of Thrones but you guys kind of went into overkill).
I can not wait to get back to this series and see what new awful things Tennant will make people do, they aren’t “blow up this building” or other over the top antics but small and brutal tasks like “see how long it takes you to smash your head through that wall” or forcing children to stand in a cupboard for hours on end, yeah we quickly learn that Killgrave has no time for children. I am also on the edge of my seat to see where he takes his violent mind games in his quest to torture and reap revenge on Jessica Jones. The bad guy can really make or break a show like this and Tennant is slam dunking right in everyone’s face with every line he delivers, glory.
All in all I would recommend you give Jessica Jones a peek even if you aren’t a fan of the genre, at least give one episode a try and see if it leads you into the Netflix binge spiral that we all know so well!
Check out the trailer and try to resist the delightful allure of evil Tennant…