It’s very seldom that I’ve watched the movie or the tv program and never read the comic. But that is the case with Jessica Jones. I see her in the comicbooks but only her appearances in the Avengers mags – I’ve never picked up (or downloaded in Comixology) a Jessica Jones comic.
Why I watch it
Part of the reason why I watched Jessica Jones in Netflix was because Krysten Ritter was the actress and I remembered her from Breaking Bad. The main reason why I watched Jessica Jones was because it was a Marvel show – like many of you, I surmise, if it’s the MCU, I’m in. I should say I know, rather than surmise, because everytime an MCU show gets out it always makes a mountain of money. We do love our Marvel.
Ritter does a superb job and I love the gritty, sensual vibe of Netflix’s Jessica Jones. I think of all sorts of good things about the series, and some bad things as well but my overarching emotion on watching season one was the need, the absolute need, to see Jessica, finally kill the main villain, Kilgrave.
David Tennant really did a number in his portrayal of this villain. It was deliciously excruciating seeing Kilgrave survive from one episode to the next. His powerset is nearly limitless – imagine what you can do if you can make other people do what you want simply by telling them to. Kilgrave in Jessica Jones was all but unstoppable.
Unsurprisingly, the inspiration for Kilgrave can be found in the comicbooks. Early issues of Daredevil saw the introduction of the Purple Man, one Zebediah Killgrave. Just as in the series, he had the awesome power of command. But DD’s unique abilities made him proof to the Purple Man’s influence – a huge fact to keeping the Purple Man in check, Not so in the series, Jessica Jones is as vulnerable as everyone else.
I breathed a sigh of relief when the first season finally concluded but news of Kilgrave’s return is making me hesitate in plunging into season two. It’s sort of this edge-of-your-seat roller coaster ride that has you thinking second thoughts. Ultimately, the fact that it’s MCU will have me watching but right now I’m still on break mode from Jessica Jones.