Over the weekend, between sessions of writing my paper for school, I binge watched Marvel and Netflix's newest super hero drama Jessica Jones. I have to point out that I wasn't going into the series blind due to the fact that I have some experience with the comics. Since I'm a fan I was really excited for this show. So, what did I think?
First, a brief explanation of plot. Jessica Jones is a private investigator in New York city with super powers and a troubled past. She's hard drinking, hard fighting, and doesn't take crap from anyone. After finding her old nemesis/tormentor is back in town, Jessica has to decide what lengths she is willing to go to in order to settle the score. Yes, that explanation was purposely as vague as possible. Let's get into the meat of this show, the writing and acting.
To start off, I just need to say whomever is in charge of casting for Marvel movie and TV projects deserves more money. The actors cast to play these characters are always on point and Jessica Jones is no exception.
Krysten Ritter who is most famous for her role in Breaking Bad does an amazing job of bringing the title character to life. I must confess, I haven't seen her in many of her other roles so I'm not sure if this tougher than nails part is par for the course for her but in any case she captured the spirit of a person who is torn between duty and revenge. She shows the pain that Jessica Jones has endured and the psychological scars she has because of it. I really can't praise Ritter enough so I should probably just move on.
Rachael Taylor plays Trish Walker, the childhood best friend and for lack of better term side-kick. Walker is also a big character in the Marvel comics but I won't get into that. If you want to know you can look it up. Taylor plays this part well and I never had a hard time believing that she cared about Jones. She did a good job in her role, I don't really think she added anything above and beyond but the part didn't really call for it either.
Now, my Doctor Who fanboy is going to be showing a little bit, but I feel that David Tennant stole the show as the villain Killgrave. Killgrave has the ability to control the minds of others. All he has to do is tell you to do something, and you will. One word and you're his. Honestly, he's one of my favorite Marvel villains simply because he has the power of a god and he's rotten to the core. My only really complaint about this portrayal in the show is that they try to make him a sympathetic villain when in the comics he's evil and he friggin loves it. I will admit, it was a little hard to dissociate Tennant from the Doctor and I was a little uncomfortable at first. Now, I can't imagine Killgrave being played by anyone else.