Series Review: Jessica Jones

I got home on Friday night from work and started a new TV series: Jessica Jones. And as I write this post, approximately 24 hours later, I have finished 13 episodes - and am longing for more. Watching Jessica Jones is like an addiction, like someone is controlling your mind. 

And mind control is a central concept in this Netflix Series. Jessica Jones follows the life of the main character, Jess, who has superhuman strength. Jess has a troubled past, and cannot forgive herself for the pain she has inflicted on others, whilst she was mind-controlled by "Kilgrave". Remorseless and relentless, Kilgrave believes that he and Jess are meant to be since they are both "Gifted". Although Jess has escaped Kilgrave's control for now, he is after her. I won't tell you any more...because this show is a teaser. 

Jessica Jones is played by Kysten Ritter who captured the essence of the character perfectly.

Jessica Jones is played by Kysten Ritter who captured the essence of the character perfectly.

Take a warning from me - this show is extraordinarily addictive - because its so good. Jessica Jones is played by the enthralling Krysten Ritter - a perfect cast. She is reminiscent of the character Lizbeth from the "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" - gifted but broken. Her chemistry with Kilgrave (played by David Tennant) is amazing. Tennant brings his charm to the role of Kilgrave, making this sociopathic evil antagonist very likeable. You almost felt sorry for him, or perhaps even loved him a little. 

David Tennant was extremely charming, making the audience almost love this sociopathic killer. 

David Tennant was extremely charming, making the audience almost love this sociopathic killer. 

Of course with any addictive TV shows, Jessica Jones has an intriguing plot that strings you along, taking semi-unpredictable twists and turns. With most superhero movies, there is a prescribed plot line - and this show is no different (hence why its only semiunpredictable). However, despite the pitfalls of its genre, Jessica Jones does an amazing job with character development, delving you into the mind of the main character. Although each episode is one 45 minutes long, you definitely travel down the rabbit hole with Jessica. 

There was one aspect I didn't like - the character Simpson. I thought he was a little superfluous as a character, not adding much value to this season. Not to mention that the plot didn't give enough development into why he has an important character. I have a suspicion that he will be significant to the plot in season 2 (sort of to string you along). 

Overall, I'd recommend you to binge-watch Jessica Jones - the only way to watch this show. Get ready to have your mind controlled. 

 

Victoria Gao