[chants] WWJJD? Something smart and whiskey-fuelled!
So I'm a big fan of the show. If you are not, then my friend think of the thing you do love and go seek it out on the great wide internet, go free! This is gonna be a here are all the reasons I love Jessica Jones post. It's not a perfect show yet, but it's pretty damn good.
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So in no particular order -
1. Krysten Ritter (and all the casting basically - we'll get into that). Ritter has the moxie and heart to pull off this hard drinking, smart thinking, ass-kicking survivor. I like Ritter a lot as she has great range right across drama and comedy. She gives us wit, panic, strength, deception, analysis, lust, fear, reluctance, love and more without missing a beat. She's handles the weight of the show's subject matter and just the general challenge that any actor has of being a lead, brilliantly. Swoon and also Yeahh!
2. The rest of the cast - Nathan! Kilgrave! Trish! LUKE SWEET FREAKING CHRISTMAS CAGE! Super exited about the Luke Cage series. Hograth, my total fave anti-hero - If I wrote fan-fic it would be completely non-sexual and it would just Jeri Hograth and Saul Goodman trying to outwit each other before a case went to trial. I also love Trish, I'm completely buying her as a radio host, like I would tune into her show each morning if it were a real show.
3. Friendship - Trish and Jessica, and their real genuine friendship. I believe these besties, particularly where one of them hasn't been in contact in months and the other is just like 'hey I will just continue to show up at your door until I know you are ok'. Also they believe in each other. They have zen level having-each-other's-back skills. And Trish is who Jessica picks in the end as her accomplice, she is the key to her success against Killgrave. Relationship Goals.
4. Jokes - "Killgrave, what was Murder-Corpse taken?". Slayed.
5. The drinking, honestly I know in TV land is not a good thing and it's a hint of her troubled past and coping mechanism, but honestly she is like the only woman I've seen who can drink a bit much and it's just drinking a bit much (though her super strength gives her a tolerance I can appreciate). It's a thing her character does, not what her character IS.
6. Sexy times - Luke and Jessica, Trish and Will, Jeri and Pam. It's a very sexy series and all these characters are owning it. It's not sensationalised, it NOT all from the male perspective (which shouldn't be unique, but y'know pop culture is kind of a mess), it's people who have been through bad times, but are still sexual beings. It's passionate but not violent. It makes sense for the story. Luke & Jessica bed breaking FTW, phew! Good sexy work.
7.The representation of rape and abuse, and the aftermath - there's been a lot written about this hailing JJ's portrayal of all these things, and yup it's on point. It does great things with this opening series, one example of this is the fact that no-one can see what Kilgrave's up to so it's just easier for them to just dismiss Jessica and Hope. Even when an entire police station experience his powers first-hand, they dismiss it rather than face it. It literally takes multiple deaths, injury and suicide for the authorities and public to accept the truth. Jessica's story is difficult, and even though this is a universe where alien and superheroes are part of the day to day - a difficult story is just too much work.
8. Villains: Killrgave - David Tennant brings menace to this character in a way I think only he could. Killrgave never has to psychically hit anyone. He uses mind control, invisible to the world. He's petty, obsessive and truly terrifying. Jessica could crush him without even needing to readjust her leather jacket, but he reaches into her core mentally and very nearly destroys her.
9. Costuming! Jessica dresses like a real person. Double demin. Boots. Vests. She's set us up for the easiest cos-play ever. Luke's yellow shirt. Killgrave's purple scarves. She has pockets, this is important.
10. Nathan's arc. For me, Nathan has the best arc in the whole show. He goes from background character played for some awkward laughs and to demonstrate Jessica's caring side though to overcoming his addiction, dealing with his past and becoming a pillar of support others. Nathan has a kind of strength Jessica is still looking for (or avoiding depending on your take). She saves him, then asks him to help her, and man, Nathan steps up!
11. Weirdos. I love me some weird characters who are just fucking weird. Jessica's neighbour twins fit the bill here. They play an important part in the story, and I'm still in bits over Ruben, but Robyn's off the wall freakiness is great. This show is full of women being interesting unusual characters without falling into tropeyness.
12. Fight scenes and settings. THAT CLUB. THAT PORT AUTHORITY. 'Get off the stage you wanker!'
13.Cross-over. Aside from Luke Cage, my favourite TV nurse Claire is back! Rosario Dawson acting the shit out of things again. Every time I see her on Daredevil, I'm like 'damn, why Rosario Dawson not in more things?'
14. Lighting. Creepy purple lights. Killgrave. Oh no. Oh noooo.
15. Who run the world? Girls - that scene where Will is in his skants while a fully clothed Jessica and Trish discuss strategy then tell him his opinion is not required and he backs the fuck down. YAS. Put on some pants Sergeant Simpy.
16. Tunes. Death From Above 1979 for some disturbing target practise. Excellent song. Mostly though, the show stays with it's own compositions and theme music, ensuring that it doesn't date too much.
17. Flashbacks. They can be super annoying if overused, but here we're given just enough to keep us interested. Young Trish, oh my dear girl! And there's a lot more hinted at that we have yet to see...
18. Inventive villainous behaviour - coffee in the face, hand in the blender - creepy, but throwaway. Eyes wide open and face cutting time, twisted evil. Children left locked in the cupboard, truly terrifying.
19. I've always thought someday a sandwich might save someone.
I have way more points, but I'm already boring my husband on a daily basis with Marvel chat. It's a mixed bag though, I love Agent Carter, Daredevil, JJ and am looking forward to Deadpool, but care less about the Avengers and found Agents of Shield very tedious and my feelings on Spiderman can be summed below.