Whatever your understanding of gripping is, this show definitely fits the bill: Netflix’ original series Jessica Jones is a dark and twisted film-noir and the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Jessica Jones (2015): Created by Melissa Rosenberg; 13 episodes à 42mins.; starring Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad, Veronica Mars), Rachael Taylor (Grey’s Anatomy, Charlie’s Angels), Eka Darville (The Originals, Empire), David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch), Mike Colter (Good Wife, The Following), Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix).
For fans of: Tru Calling, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Netflix’ Daredevil, the MCU in general, tormented souls, complex heroines, female friendships, charismatic villains, mind games, crime-dramas.
Here’s why you should spend the next weekend streaming all 13 episodes
1. Krysten Ritter is outstanding
It’s difficult to wrap your mind around the fact that the actress playing Jessica is the same that played the B*** in Apartment C. Netflix’ Jessica Jones casts her as the eponymous heroine, a ballsy P.I. with superhuman strength who is haunted by her past. Ritter excels by portraying Jessica’s inner conflict: she yearns for someone she can trust, but she is struggling to get over her traumatic experiences.
2. It’s dark & twisted
Jessica Jones can be emotionally challenging. After all, the show casts a hostage- and rape-victim as the heroine who is then stalked by her seemingly unstoppable rapist who can control minds and is targeting the people closest and dearest to Jess. Neither does it shy away from shedding light on horrible truths, SPOILER—like Hope’s attempt to abort Kilgrave’s baby by paying a fellow inmate to beat her up — SPOILER.
3. David Tennant plays the villain
British stage and film icon David Tennant plays Kilgrave, Jessica’s antagonist and one of the most reprehensible villains ever on TV. Tennant does an outstanding job of making the mind-controlling Kilgrave charismatic and entertaning, without taking away from his abhorrent, irredeemable nature.
4. Fucked-up pairings (SPOILER)
Jessica is having intense sex with the man whose wife she killed while under Kilgrave’s mind-control; her best friend Trish likes to receive pleasure from the man who almost choked her to death while under Kilgrave’s mind-control; and Kilgrave, who was nearly killed by Jessica while she was breaking out of his mind-control, would like nothing more than to have any kind of sexual contact with his former hostage. After watching this show, your own love life will seem very sane and appropriate by comparison. The sex scenes are quite graphic at times, so you might not want to watch this one with your family…
5. It passes the Bechdel test
Regrettably, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a history of failing this test. For instance, Scarlett Johansson’s character Black Widow doesn’t have a single (meaningful) exchange with either Elisabeth Olsen’s Scarlett Witch, or Colbie Smulders Agent Maria Hill in Age of Ultron.
By contrast, Jessica Jones introduces the audience to two layered, realistic female characters in Jess – never mind the superpowers – and Trish, who have a completely normal, supportive friendship that extends past guy problems. Like any best friends, they would do anything to help each other out, even if it meant going up against a sociopathic uber-villain who can control minds.
To binge or not to binge? It’s very bingable. But I suggest to split the first season which is comprised of 13 episodes à 45 Minutes into two days at least in order to do justice to the quality of its content. Jessica Jones is not a temporary fix, but a thrilling ride whose every minute you’re gonna want to enjoy to the fullest.
Where can I watch? Only on Netflix.