I just finished the 13 episodes of the awesome Netflix series, Jessica Jones. I loved it and I am going to be effusive, so do not keep reading if that is bothersome to you!
I am going to start at the end, since I live an upside down life anyway, and state that the crossover from the last episode was wonderful and exciting! Even if only because I am a huge crossover fan! It was handled perfectly, and finally acknowledges that the people of NY seem to know there is an undercurrent of super abilities people walking around. The rest walk around in denial which is not just what happens in the TV world.
And I met the actress who plays Jessica Jones. Krysten Ritter, an ex-supermodel:
She is built like a super model: tall, lanky, and skinny. You would expect her to be able to walk the runway any day she chooses. How do they pick these people to portray super heroes? Well, she was fantastic.
And what a miserable wretch. Depressed, alcoholic, with death and destruction following her everywhere, Jessica was not a happy lady! This incredible realism, with no hope of redemption, is something I have not seen before, and may more truly reflect the real world. It was refreshing, with no happy ending in sight.
And David Tennant was the bad guy. You may not be familiar with the actor who played the 10th Doctor in the best written TV show that exists, but David Tennant had played the consummate good guy for almost five years on that show, and then a couple more as a detective on Broadchurch. He was the best Doctor Who there ever was. And as the Doctor, he always tried, in every episode, to see that no one was killed. Well, his portrayal of Kilgrave was an excellent attempt to escape this type casting. He causes death and destruction everywhere he goes, and could care less who is getting hurt. And I was thrilled to meet him in person, he is one of those from my personal bucket list, and at the time I did not know how evil he was!
Lastly, the real brains of the operation, is Melissa Rosenberg. She wrote the whole series, and she did a brilliant job. You may know her previous work, she wrote the movies in the Twilight series. She captured Jessica’s wonderful miserableness, Kilgrave’s complete uncaring, and Luke Cage, well, I just have to thank her for the few shirtless scenes with him! I also met her at an interview and asked for a picture, she is the real genius behind this great series:
Lastly, I appreciate the way gay people are represented in the show. Jessica Jones does occasional work for a lesbian lawyer who is going through marital issues, and sleeping with her assistant. Just like a straight guy. Kilgrave holes up in an elegant NY apartment where two gay men are living. I like to see shows that reflect the fact that gay people are part of our normal fabric of society, living their lives, making the same mistakes as everyone else, and equal victims to Kilgrave’s monstrous control! It is time that our lives are portrayed in a matter of fact manner, because that is today’s truth.
I am thrilled that Netflix is producing more and more Marvel television shows. I can’t wait for Luke Cage’s stand alone show, the return of Daredevil, and then the Defender’s crossover show!
For more information about the series, check out my interview from the AOL Build series where I had an opportunity to chat with the cast of Jessica Jonese.