“Jessica Jones” is a collaboration between Marvel Television and Netflix. It is a Netflix original series based on the Marvel comic book character Jessica Campbell Jones Cage. A few aspects of the comic book character’s storyline were changed.
“Jessica Jones” the Netflix series should not be mistaken with an action adventure. It is a supernatural drama about a fallen superheroine. The story line is seedy and dark. There aren’t many villains of the moment episodes. “Jessica Jones” is a soap opera with a primary focus. The primary focus is locating and killing her arch-nemesis Zebediah Killgrave (David Tennant).
Jessica Jones is portrayed by actress Krysten Ritter. Ritter is perfect as a tough raven haired beauty with a bad attitude to match. She owns a private detective agency. Her business brings her into contact with some unusual humans and non-humans. It is a welcome change that Jones is slow to use her superpowers to solve her problems.
Her relationship with Luke Cage is seductively explosive. Luke Cage is played by actor Mike Colter. Cage is also a superhero trying to fade into an ordinary lifestyle. Another noteworthy character is Attorney Jeri Hogarth. Jones is an independent contractor for Hogarth’s law firm. Hogarth is played by actress Carrie-Anne Moss. Moss was Trinity from the movie trilogy “The Matrix” and the voice of Aria T’Loak in the video game “Mass Effect 2”.
One criticism of “Jessica Jones” is the scene where Jones was working while using the toilet. Why? How many male superheroes are featured using toilets? It is an unnecessary scene, bordering on sexism. It is understood if you breathe, you go to the restroom. Viewers do not need to witness it. If the point was to make Jones appear shadier as a fallen superheroine, it added nothing. Ritter didn’t need a toilet scene to be different from other superheroes. Her incredible performance as Jones is enough on its own merits.
Another criticism is, “How long can “Jessica Jones” hold the interest of viewers with the Killgrave plot?” The Killgrave plot may not be enough to satisfy viewers beyond one season. Fortunately for Netflix, there are plenty of Marvel story lines involving Jones.
Jessica Jones is not your typical superheroine. She is a misanthrope, who drinks too much Whiskey. By all accounts, she was seeing a therapist and still needs to see a therapist. She has issues, which makes Jessica Jones the ideal anti-superheroine for the 21st century.