‘Jessica Jones’ is a dark binge watch


Superheroes are meant to be idolized.

They hold a special place in the hearts of children and adults alike. They’re selfless, they always do the right thing, and they always have a very obvious bad guy to go with their good guy.

Jessica Jones, by the definition provided, would not in a million years qualify as a superhero. She’s an erratic, cynical, and emotionally scarred alcoholic.

She works as a freelance private investigator, working primarily with those who think their partner is unfaithful.

But she has inhuman strength-which could be a recipe for disaster-and in a lot of cases, it is.

Playing this prime example of an antihero is Krysten Ritter, known for her previous role as Chloe A.K.A the B in apartment 23, in “Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23.”

Ritter plays what she knows, even if that may be an alcoholic, and she does it well. Her execution made extraordinary circumstances seem relatable.

Jones has an extremely damaging past, one I could not imagine someone bouncing back from. Instead, parts of her past start bouncing back to her. She’s traumatized, but she’s courageous, and that is what makes her so human.

Her nemesis, Kilgrave, is played by David Tennant, most famously known for his role as the 10th doctor in “Doctor Who”.

In this series he plays a quick-tempered, sadistic mind controller hell bent on finding Jessica, obsessed with her for reasons from their past. I can honestly say that I will never be able to look at him the same way, ever.

The duo pairs surprisingly well, or rather oppose each other quite nicely.

Tennant had to be a bit more sinister and Ritter had to swell her heart in comparison to their previous roles, but nothing was done in vain.

Throughout the series I felt for not just the pair, but also characters in more supportive roles. I felt pity, anger, disappointment, and even hope for them almost equally, despite some having made unforgivable choices, done despicable things.

Marvel and Netflix collaborated well developing the characters, slowly showing you why the person you see on screen is the way they are.

The only downfall I felt this show had was the finale.

It seemed anti-climatic, the whole series was building up to this moment and I couldn’t help but think “Is that it?”

Jones becomes your friend, someone you don’t always completely agree with but you hope the best for. Yet you know, for some odd reason, that not getting to know her would be a mistake, just like not watching this show would be.