Jessica Jones: A Fresh Take On Superheroes

There are so many superhero shows on TV at the moment, but none of them come close to Jessica Jones. She’s fresh and the most realistic take on superheroes I’ve ever seen.

The show set in New York City, which makes it more relatable than the fictional cities to begin with. She also doesn’t wear a cheesy superhero outfit. Though, I do like the one Oliver wears, but that’s for different reasons.

She wouldn’t even consider herself a hero. She hates everyone, including herself. She drinks so much that the average human would already be dead. Plus she has some serious PTSD, but somehow through the thirteen episodes on Netflix, she becomes a hero. Not that she’ll ever believe she’s a hero.

We never get to find out how Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) gets her powers, maybe that’s for season two. Here’s hoping there is a second season. I want more of this girl. 

We do learn a lot about her though. She has superhuman strength and she’s severely damaged by Kilgrave (David Tennant). 

Kilgrave also has powers. He has the ability to make people do whatever he wants. He makes a lot of people do his dirty work and he has a special attachment to Jessica that we see throughout the first season.

Season one is all about coming to grips with what he did to her and a lot of other people and trying to find a way to defeat him. This won’t be easy and she can’t do it alone. This brings in a lot of great characters. Some have powers and other’s just care for Jessica or for helping people.

Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor) is Jessica’s estranged best friend. They get brought back together when Kilgrave resurfaces. She’s a very loyal friend and very optimistic. She would very much like to be a superhero, but she doesn’t have Jessica’s abilities. She’ll do anything to help her friend and I really do mean anything. 

One of the characters I loved was Malcolm Ducasse (Eka Darville). He has such a big heart, but gets used by Kilgrave. I can’t say much more on this character, because he has a crazy and great storyline. You’re really going to want to watch to get to know this great guy. 

Luke Cage (Mike Colter) will be your eye candy and his character goes so deep. He has a very interesting backstory that connects to Jessica and he also has a secret. 

You’re going to either love or hate Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss). She’s a ruthless lawyer and a great connection for Jessica to have. Jessica and Jeri utilize each other’s talents often. 

Will Simpson (Wil Traval) becomes one of Kilgrave’s victims, which gives him a thirst for revenge maybe even deeper than Jessica’s. He will be friend and foe throughout the season. 

Last but not least, Kilgrave. He is our enemy, but he’s such an interesting character with a fascinating background. We learn a lot more about his special abilities than we learn about Jessica’s. He’s very deceptive and always two steps ahead.

There are a lot of twists and turns. If you are hoping for a show similar to Supergirl, than this is not the show for you. If you want a lot of flawed characters, good intentions, dark storylines and a lot of deaths, then this is the show for you.

Jessica Jones is now streaming on Netflix.


Mandy Carr

Editor and Founder, Primetime Addiction

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