Netflix has been on a big roll with their original series in my eyes. House of Cards is a really compelling political drama (even if the third season kinda sucked). Daredevil is probably my favorite superhero show, period. So when I heard that they were taking on Marvel again through their little known hero Jessica Jones, I had to be there. Did it live up to my own personal hype? This is Marvel’s Jessica Jones.
Jessica Jones is a Private Investigator with super human strength. She has a checkered past thanks in no small part to a mind controlling dickbag named Kilgrave. When she hears that he’s still around town, she makes it her job to bring it down personally. Unfortunately, Kilgrave is sending a lot of collateral damage her way.
This show is a major mixed bag for me and, if I’m being honest with myself, the bad stuff far outweighed the good. But the negativity can wait. First, the good stuff. Krysten Ritter is perfect as Jessica with a great “cut the crap and get to the point” attitude. She hit every character point spot on and I must applaud her. David Tennant as Kilgrave was utterly brilliant and, although he was the villain, I found myself sympathizing with him a lot through the series. Mike Colter as Luke Cage: beautiful. Perfect casting.
I will also point out that the show has a great gritty atmosphere. It’s nice to have a show that grounds itself in harsh realities when there’s a lot of “look on the bright side” stuff out there. I really admire this show for being absolutely nothing but itself. I feel like no other show out there is really doing this “harsh” stuff with it’s superheroes right now. Even Arrow seems to have become more lighthearted in recent seasons (when compared to the 1st season at least)…. That said…
This show needs to lighten up. Every moment is a downer and there wasn’t a single solitary scene of levity to be found in the entire season. Because of this darker tone, it feels like everything is a drama fest. Daredevil worked because we got to relax for a while between drama beats. This show makes everything, every single moment, feel like it’s trying so hard to be “gritty” and “real.”
Honestly, it lead to the characters not being very likable at all. The ones who aren’t complete assholes are far too wrapped in drama to have a character beyond angst. And I’m including the title character in there. She never once cracked a smile (on her own) throughout the entire show. Not. Once. She was so BORING. I couldn’t sympathize with her at all because she never gave me a reason that she was good besides not wanting others to get hurt. Frankly, I wish the show was about someone else… Like Luke. But I hear that’ll happen soon enough, so I’m happy.
Not that the side characters are any better. I didn’t care about a single character’s story throughout the whole thing besides the main story of the whole series and perhaps Luke’s. Hogarth, played by Carrie-Anne Moss, was the WORST. Moss was terrible to begin with. She couldn’t show emotion if her life depended on it. But Hogarth was such a despicably awful character that she should have been the main baddy of the whole piece. I DID NOT CARE for any of her divorce drama at all. The more time the show spent with her, the more bored I got.
I’m sorry to say that I won’t be continuing this show as it continues after this season. The gritty, drama-filled atmosphere and the horrible side characters just made the whole thing difficult to slog my way through. It’s a shame. When I watch a show like this, when I binge watch on Netflix, I’m looking for escapism, not a reminder that the world can suck a lot. If you like this show, more power to you. But count me out. If I want a Netflix-only superhero show, I’ll stick with the Devil for now.