As I sit in my oversized sofa chair, rewatching the 1st episode of season 1, I am reminded just how good Marvel’s Jessica Jones Netflix show really is. The music of the show starts out with an old sound, making you feel like you’re watching an old detective movie from the 80’s. It follows the rest of the Marvel Netflix shows, setting the mood for the era, location, and vibe Marvel Studios is trying to achieve.
The show is focused around a detective who lives in Hell’s Kitchen. She is a private investigator of sorts, but with…”abilities”. These abilities make her very good at her job, a fact that her current freelance employer can easily overlook. However, if you’re looking for spoilers, you won’t find any here! I will let you know that a member of her future Defenders team, Luke Cage, plays a huge role in the show. Their relationship does not leave much to the imagination, bordering the line of softcore and too inappropriate for TV. Jessica’s history with a very important part of Luke’s past haunts her possible relationship with Luke, and will probably resurface in the Defenders.
Jessica is plagued with a dark past. Possibly the darkest involves one of the best villains in the Marvel Universe, Kilgrave. Perhaps my own personal bias to the actor plays a part in that assumption, or maybe David Tenant just plays that awesome of a Kilgrave. Either way, from the very beginning of the show Kilgrave has a dark, sinister reverence that will continue through its duration.
The show has a lot of great points, Krysten Ritter and David Tenant among some of the best, with a great supporting cast of actors like Rachel Taylor from Transformers and Eka Darville from Spartacus War of the Damned. Jessica Jones is very well cast for the type of show that Marvel intended to produce. The only thing that could be improved, like most of the other Netflix Marvel TV shows, is the way that it ends: a very climactic culmination of events that ends less-than-climatically.
The show is not intended for a young audience, as adult themes are a regular part of the show. This is, however, one of the best shows that Marvel has produced and easily one of the best shows on Netflix. If you have not watched it already, and even if you have, do yourself a favor and call in sick tomorrow and binge Jessica Jones all day. You will not be disappointed that you did!
5 out of 5 Couch Cushions
For more Defenders and Jessica Jones, check out Opinion: How a Second Viewing Changed My Mind About Jessica Jones and Cruncher Report: Best Marvel Netflix Show