Opinion: Why Jessica Jones Is My Favorite Thing Marvel Has Done To-Date

I watched Jessica Jones the week it came out on Netflix. My husband and I binged it in two days. This is your “fair warning” for the spoilers that are about to come your way.

I don’t really know what I was expecting when we sat down for the show, but marvel’s been doing amazingly with their different offshoots (let’s all pretend F4 is a bad dream). And with Krystin Ritter, David Tennant, Carrie-Anne Moss and Rachael Taylor among the top-billed cast, I knew the likelihood of amazing acting was bound to come my way. I was not wrong.

Jessica’s character is the kind of “gifted” individual I have always thought made more sense. The world is not a kind place to people who are different, and just because you have some super strength and the ability to sort-of fly, doesn’t mean that you’ll be okay with the mental and verbal abuse that’s likely to go hand in hand with coming clean about who and what you are. Time does not heal all wounds. She’s been traumatized by the bad there is in this world. With what Killgrave put her through, it’s no wonder she pulled back into her shell and tried to hide from the world. It’s probably what I would do.

Killgrave is possibly one of the most terrifying villains I’ve encountered. Being killed has to be a better option than having your will taken from you. A person who can make you do horrible things, who can make you think it’s what you want to do is utterly horrific.

The noir feel of the series probably helped push it to the top of the long list of Marvel movies and shows that have come up in the last ten years. I love the old school PI style of everything from the plots of each episode to the set dressings of the building, to the crooked lawyer who’s technically on Jessica’s side. It’s dark, it’s gritty, and it doesn’t shy away from the ugliness of the situations Jessica is thrown into. Let’s be honest, real life is not clean.

It’s also nice to see a “super hero” who doesn’t have a fancy apartment, an awesome job and kick ass car.

Among the things with the plot that I really appreciated was the final show-down between Jessica and Killgrave. I appreciated that it wasn’t so much about her strength, but about her observations. The fact that she knew to use his hubris against him and from that knowledge, she was able to get him close enough to do what she needed to do. It was a clean break. And while I know that Killgrave technically monologued (seriously villains, when are you going to realize that’s an asinine thing to do?) it didn’t feel like one as much as others have. Perhaps because it wasn’t used as time for Jessica to break free of her bindings. Perhaps it was because David Tennant delivered it marvelously. Either way, it was a beautiful stab to the story’s gut.

I’m still mad Killgrave didn’t actually turn purple.

I’ve seen a few dissections of the show that are disappointed in the lack of connection between this show and Daredevil. But as someone who’s had it “on the list to watch” for so long, I’m pretty sure I’m not going to watch it, it was nice to not feel like I was missing something. Sure, there’s a character from the other show in this one, but it’s not something that bashes you over the head while demanding to know why you haven’t watched Netflix’s other Marvel property. I don’t think you should have to watch one to watch the other.

But honestly, one of the main reasons I love this show is that it’s a female lead.

What the hell, Marvel? It’s been 12 years since this whole MCU started (yes I do count the Eric Bana Hulk) and you still haven’t put out a Movie with a female superhero as the lead/title role? Why do we have to wait until 2017? Why hasn’t Black Widow gotten her own movie, and yet we’ve somehow wound up with Ant-Man? Have you looked at the demographic of your fan base lately?

Not that they care what I think. But seriously, Jessica Jones is awesome. We need more Superheroines, and we need them now.


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