TV Review: “Jessica Jones” – Series 1

Now, I know it’s a bit late, but after marathoning the Netflix original series Jessica Jones in three days, it’s impossible not to write about it. I was honestly surprised at how much I enjoyed the show and how quickly I was drawn into its complex yet focused story lines.

I began watching it not expecting very much, simply because I’m not a huge fan of Marvel. Yes, I’ve seen the typical films, but unless there’s absolutely nothing else to watch, I usually put off having to sit through three hours of fight scenes. 

From the first episode, ‘AKA Ladies Night’, you’re immediately drawn into the world of central character Jessica Jones, portrayed perfectly by the amazing Krysten Ritter, her best friend and adopted sister Trish Walker and the mysterious Kilgrave. Almost instantly you know Jessica’s job, and for the first part of the opening episode it is slightly boring since it’s setting the scenes and cementing the characters, but as soon as Hope, a missing NYC student, is introduced into the mix it delves further into the realms of the unusual.

The villain is set up quite secretively, with little hints going out to the name, the colour purple being thrown in, and an incredible British accent. Even when you fully see Kilgrave a few episodes in, it’s incredibly difficult to dislike him, through all the flaws shown. Now, this is not because of his character, because that alone makes him an incredibly dislikeable guy, but for the man who plays him. David Tennant, most widely known for Doctor Who, is not somebody easily hated. He portrays various characters with impeccable ease, he is exquisite on the eye and that British accent he puts on is to die for.

Their complex relationship is full of twists and turns, a lot of hate from Jones and just a little bit of respect from Kilgrave. Throughout, Jessica wants to get revenge for what Kilgrave did to her, but, unlike what would be expected of someone in her situation, he doesn’t want to kill him. She traps him various times with the help of Trish, her on-off lover Luke and an agent named Simpson. As the series goes on, the traps get more involved, consistently drawing Jessica and Kilgrave into situations together, most of which end badly for the latter in one way or another. This creates a fantastic storyline that keeps the viewer interested throughout, wanting to learn more about this mysterious man.

Not only this, just over halfway through the series another plot is introduced directly involving Simpson, who seemingly just disappears when men ‘take him away’, and a mysterious doctor later found to have been involved with Jessica when she was in hospital as a child, leading to a possibly overarching plot for the next series.

I don’t want to give the ending away, because it is a bloody good one, and I hope not too much was given away in this review. This is something you need to sit down and watch, likely very quickly because you will be hooked from episode one.

Rating: 7.5 slices out of 8
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