Jessica Jones

7.7 / 10
52 min
Action, Drama
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" gives "Jessica Jones - Season 1 (First seven episodes)" a 8.5."
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Jessica Jones - Season 1 (First seven episodes)

If a title sequence and signature tune were any indication regarding the development of a series, then that is the case with Jessica Jones.

If a title sequence and signature tune were any indication regarding the development of a series, then that is the case with Jessica Jones. The intro and music made me want to watch more; it instantly aroused my curiosity. The creators really gave it some thought and it shows. After the first few minutes, it started to remind me of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer; it had the same atmosphere. That dark, gloomy 80's feeling with an apparently depressed detective. Is this the case with Jessica Jones?

Yes, Jessica Jones is gloomy and depressed, but also smart and strong. I even liked the first episode better than that of Daredevil. Jessica Jones is a superhero who appeared in an American Comic Book published by Marvel Comics. Jessica Jones first appeared in Alias #1 in 2001 as a former superhero who becomes the owner and sole employee of Alias Private Investigations. Netflix has decided to make a series about this superhero and did this very well.

Krysten Ritter (Apartment 23) manages to portray an excellent Jessica Jones; she strikes the right tone and is convincing as a traumatised former superhero. Mike Colter (Luke Cage) is an excellent superhunk, oops, superhero, who also has some baggage of his own. The beautiful Carrie-Anne Moss (Crossing Lines) portrays the cold, “I always want to win” lawyer Jeri Hogarth, and Rachael Taylor (Crisis) as best friend and radio talkshow host Trish Walker, together with Will Simpson (Wil Traval, Red Widow), complete the cast.

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What's missing in this description is the villain Kilgrave. The reason he's missing is because I just don't see David Tennant (Broadchurch) as a villain. Tennant is an outstanding actor, but he is no supervillain. Not once, except during the last minutes of episode six, does he convince me of being the most dangerous man on the planet. What Kilgrave can do should send shivers down your spine, unfortunately that doesn’t happen. In my view Tennant, at least during the first seven episodes, has been wrongfully cast as Kilgrave. Fortunately the other actors' performances are first-rate, so they are forgiven.

It was an honour to be able to watch the first seven episodes in advance and I strongly recommend this series to anyone. The atmosphere is perfectly captured by the fantastic accompanying music. New York is at its best as a dark, dangerous city which never sleeps. Jessica Jones is a convincing private detective who evidently sleeps too little and drinks too much. The rest of the cast is great, alongside Jones and Cage. The story has a good pace which doesn't go too fast and doesn't go overboard.

Does it deserve a second season? In my view, there is no doubt about it.

On 20 November, Jessica Jones' first season will premiere on Netflix. Does it deserve a second season? In my view, there is no doubt about it. Just like Daredevil, Jessica Jones is no run-off-the-mill superhero show. The characters and their motivations are well thought out. The character development is excellent and makes Jessica Jones a great show. You can tell that the writers thought about the how and the why of things and people, even the neighbours. The flashbacks are necessary, but fortunately very limited and there are just enough to provide the necessary information. I'm already looking forward to the last part of the first season of Jessica Jones.

8.5 points for the first seven episodes, which can only go up.

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