Netflix and Chill with Gabbi: Marvel’s Jessica Jones

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Tribeca Film Festival
April 21, 2016

Photo Courtesy of Slate.

For those who have read my column before, you know that I am a big fan of DC Comics and that I do not really support anything Marvel, so this next review is gonna shock the masses. One of the most captivating shows that I watched this break was Marvel’s Jessica Jones. The show is in the same universe as the Avengers, which is important to note especially when “alien attacks” are brought up several times throughout the show.

Jessica Jones, played by Krysten Ritter, mysteriously gained super strength and the ability to
“fly”—but for now it is mostly a heightened jump—as a teenager when she was involved in a car accident. Living in constant fear that everyone she loves will get hurt, she alienates herself in Hell’s Kitchen with a bottle of whiskey, or bourbon, or scotch—it all depends on the day.

The show’s main villain is Kilgrave, played by former Doctor Who, David Tennant. Kilgrave has the power of mind control, which will leave you on edge throughout the whole first season because you cannot trust anyone. Since you can’t trust anyone, you might as well not get too attached to any characters either, because most of them will die or are being controlled by Killgrave. Sorry, no one is safe in this show. Also, fair warning: for the most part they all die in very gruesome and gory ways, so just keep that in mind. There were times when I literally could not look at the screen because the show was getting way too intense.

Jessica Jones has one season of 13 episodes and they all run about 50 minutes each. The first episode is going to pull you in, the ending is so well done and does a really good job setting up the entire first season. The show also ends with enough resolution that you’re satisfied, but at the same time, leaves enough new stuff for the next season. The first six episodes do a lot of setting up for the show and the last seven are so intense that you will not remember when one ends and the next begins. This can easily be finished in one weekend, and you will want to clear your whole schedule for enjoying everything Jessica Jones has to offer.