A tough talking detective with a swagger and a drinking problem. Jessica Jones (Kristen Ritter) is all this plus a superhero. It might be easy to bypass this show as another one in the glut of Superhero stuff from Marvel, but it is so much more than that.
Its clear from the outset that Jessica is traumatized. She suffers from flashbacks and relies on booze and one night stands to get by. The ass-kicking aspect of this superhero, like her ability to lift cars, is superficial and incidental to the show and insignificant compared to the heavy psychological content. The show goes to some dark and awful places and is unexpectedly confronting. This is not Supergirl. The show is graphic and will shock or make viewers uncomfortable. Which is what makes it so great. Pop culture with a big punch.
Jessica Jones is a survivor of abuse with superhero strength in her cutting one-liners and dark sense of humor. She has a choice. She can either run or face her abuser but she must overcome her denial and that corrosive, undermining mind-fuck of self blame.
There’s a strong cast of female characters. Carrie-Anne Moss co-stars as a defense attorney Jeryn Hogarth who hires Jessica as a PI to catch cheating spouse. Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor) is Jessica’s best friend. The characters are complex with a depth to the female friendships that sustains a narrative of its own rather than the typical simplified view of female relationships.
Jessica Jones is ground breaking pop culture and brilliant binge watching material.
Jessica Jones Season One is available on Netflix.