Saturday, 21 November 2015

Marvel's Jessica Jones: Episode 1


Love Marvel? Have Netflix? Try the latest series on Netflix! After watching the first episode of Marvel's Jessica Jones I think it's safe to say that marvels take on darker and more violent instalments never ceases to amaze. "AKA Ladies Night" is the first episode of the series and having seen the debut of "Daredevil" earlier this year, we are sure to have high hopes for the adaptation of the character from Brian Michael Bendis' and Michael Gaydos' comics.


Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is a private eye in the familiar setting of 'Hell's Kitchen' that we see in "Daredevil". Nothing is kept from the eye of the audience in the work life of Jessica as her work takes her to back allies as many of her cases involve spouses wanting proof they are being cheated on. Nor does it censor her private life, as we witness the female protagonist also partake in sexual intercourse as well. Which makes it obviously noticeable that Marvel (owned by Disney) want to approach this series slightly differently to the way they have done their other shows.

Jessica Jones doesn't seem like the type of person you would pick as a superhero as she comes across as edgy, rough, and lanky and living in a run-down apartment in Hell's Kitchen. But straight away we see a determined character, obviously damaged, but she drives to keep herself away from her past, allowing us to see how much of a fighter she is. Immediately shushing any worry that she isn't up for the role of being a great heroin.

We quickly find out that her damaged past is tied in with Kilgrave, who we don't see in person during the debut episode but David Tennant still manages to make an impression as the part of Kilgrave by appearing in the mind of Jessica. Creating a creepy and rather sinister atmosphere as he has the ability to make anyone do as he says. There is no questioning Tennant's ability to pull off this role later on in the series and I am deeply excited to see how he portrays the role as the series progresses.

The supporting cast is strong but I would like to point out Jeri Hogarth played by Carrie-Anne Moss, playing the role of a powerful lawyer who occasionally employs Jessica. She brings a powerful feel to show and somewhat gives Jessica Jones a platform to make her seem even better than she already is. I am intrigued to see what else Hogarth will contribute to the narrative, as she seems to have her own side narrative, being a lesbian who is cheating on her wife or girlfriend with one of her co-workers. Quite ironic that she hires someone who catches cheaters when she is having an affair herself.

I will say that some lines in scenes seem a little out of place at time, but other than this minor flaw the Jessica Jones series has got off to a great start. A well-written script mixed with the terrific acting of Krysten Ritter really does introduce us to the character of Jessica Jones and sets up the overarching story for the season!

I am looking forward to seeing how it unravels!


Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed this review of the first episode of Marvel's Jessica Jones!


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