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"Jessica Jones"  review by Suzanne 12/1/15
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I've been binge-watching this show; enjoying it all week.  This is the second in a series of Marvel superhero shows on Netflix. I loved the first one, "Daredevil."  Not only was it great television, but they did a fantastic job of following the original comic book very well, which I appreciated (having read it growing up). I can't wait for season 2.

Jessica Jones is not an older comic book, so I never read it (I pretty much gave up reading comics, for the most part, in the early 80s).  So I had no pre-conceived notions about the show or what it was about. From what I read, though, they've done a pretty good job of making the comic book into a TV series.

Jessica is a superhero, but as the series starts, she's become a private eye.  We learn throughout the show that a super villain ruined her life, and that's why she's no longer a hero (although she still does save people).  Another superhero in the show is Luke Cage, who I did read growing up.  Jessica and Luke have great chemistry, and the show gets even better when he's around.  Kristen Ritter is fantastic as Jessica. She's an amazing actress.

David Tennant, who's one of my favorite actors, plays Kilgrave. In the comics, Kilgrave is The Purple Man because his skin, hair and outfits are all purple. In the TV show, though, he just sometimes wears purple suits.  He is excellent as Kilgrave. The charm he had on Doctor Who is turned into evil as this character. He's hard to dislike, even when he's doing terrible things.

I have a couple of little plot quibbles. Twice Jessica kidnapped her enemy, and even though he was unconscious, she knew he was very dangerous. She should have handcuffed him and gagged him.  That made her look stupid or over confident.  Secondly, although I know she's a hero, and heroes seldom use guns, it seems like shooting Kilgrave would have been a much easier way to kill him without having to get too close to him.  These are not major problems, though.

My only real complaint about this series is that even though it's a show about superheroes, it seems more like just a regular drama. There are no costumes and few special effects. They do mention some of the Avengers, or hint at them, but otherwise, it's just not at all like a superhero show. This is not the only show or movie to do this. I really hate this trend where they either have the heroes wearing no costumes (like this one, or "Smallville," or like Arrow for quite a while, or Gotham), or they make them all dark leather (like the X-Men), or take a colorful costume and make it either darker or lighter in color instead of bright ("The Flash," and the Superman in the movies, and now Wonder Woman).  It's particularly objectionable when they do it to Captain America or Wonder Woman. Their costumes are based on the American flag. Would anyone change the red white and blue of the flag by making the colors less bright? I think not. So why do it to the superheroes. It's like they think that regular non-geek fans won't watch a show if the hero is wearing a bright costume. It's just stupid.

Now, I'm not one of those geeks that thinks they should never change anything between the comic book and the TV show or movies. They make lots of changes, and they are generally good changes, especially if they have to do with story or character.  Changing the costumes makes no sense at all and there's no point to it. It's a superficial change at best, yet all it does is irritate fans, so why do it?

Anyway, the show is great despite these few flaws. Make sure to watch it, whether you're a superhero fan or not. It's a great action drama. You won't be sorry you watched it. After this, they're making a Luke Cage show, and then they all get together for "The Defenders." I can't wait!


From November 10

In ten more days, the world will know her name. Today, Netflix released a second trailer for the highly-anticipated series Marvel's Jessica Jones. To view the trailer, click to visit the show's Facebook and Twitter pages, ohereThe series will premiere on November 20, 2015 at 12:01am PT in all territories where Netflix is available. 

The Netflix original series Marvel’s Jessica Jones is the second of four epic live-action adventure series (Marvel’s Daredevil , which is now streaming, Marvel’s Luke Cage and Marvel’s Iron Fist, all leading up to the teaming of the main characters in Marvel’s The Defenders) to premiere only on Netflix. It is a suspenseful, edgy look into the life of Jessica Jones, one of the most popular new Marvel characters of the last decade, as she faces demons from within and without. The drama will premiere with thirteen (13) one-hour episodes.

About the show:
After a tragic ending to her short-lived Super Hero stint, Jessica Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases in New York City.

Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones) is joined by an amazing cast including David Tennant (Kilgrave), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Rachael Taylor (Trish Walker), Carrie-Anne Moss, Eka Darville, Erin Moriarty, and Wil Traval, among others.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg (“Twilight”, “Dexter”) and Liz Friedman ("Elementary"), along with Jeph Loeb ("Marvel's Daredevil," “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), who also serves as Marvel’s Head of Television.

For more information on MARVEL’S JESSICA JONES, please visit: and the official social pages

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