Friday, November 20, 2015

My Two Bits: Jessica Jones Season 1, Ep. 1 and 2

Marvel and Netflix knocked it out of the park earlier this year with the TV series Daredevil, which left the door wide open for other, lesser known Marvel properties to hit the small screen in grand style. How does this hybrid of super-hero lore and noir detective drama stack up? Stick with me!

Right off the bat, I gotta say I never read the Jessica Jones comic book. But I did groove on Power Man and Iron Fist, and Power Man himself, AKA Luke Cage, figures large in this adaptation of the Marvel Comics property.

Suffice to say, it's cool to see Luke Cage brought to life in this, the latest Netflix series to carry the Marvel brand. And while Mike Colter's riff on Luke Cage might not be the focus of this mashup between film-noir sensibilities and comic-book action, it's great to see the character well represented.

Luke Cage has been promised his own series down the road. In the meantime, we've got Jessica Jones, AKA Krysten Ritter, to entertain our eye holes. And the girl does a fine job of portraying a super-powered bad ass turned private eye who must tangle with a mind controlling baddie played by the great David Tennant.

I'm only two episodes into Jessica Jones, but I am having a great time with it. I've barely scratched the tip of the iceberg of what this series has to offer, but between it an Daredevil, I'm already liking Marvel's Netflix universe a lot more than the movie series that's been well established.

For one, the creative minds behind Jessica Jones and Daredevil can spend more time bringing the characters to life. And they do it without adhering to a particular rating. Jessica Jones might not be as action heavy as Daredevil, but it's just as dark and brooding, with some gritty urban violence to spice things up.

Kudos to Ritter, who is dead sexy as Jessica Jones. And vulnerable to boot. Sure, she's a bad ass, but there's a heart buried deep beneath the hotness of her goth chick demeanour. She carries the show, and carries it well.

As for Luke Cage, great to see you on screen big guy. I look forward to you getting your own show alongside Iron Fist.

This is solid television, well told and without any ratings system to tie it down. If you like comic books unplugged, Netflix and Marvel are the way to go.

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