“Late last week, Marvel took a sledgehammer to our preconceived notions about how far it would push the boundaries of the television medium. Jessica Jones is dark, brutal, tragic and unburdened by inhibitions. It asks questions that you don’t want answers to and it revels in sex and violence in a way that no Marvel show or movie has before. Jessica Jones is a departure.
A welcome departure.”
A lot of us are not familiar with the character : Jessica Jones. I myself have always been a DC follower and most of the time, take Marvel for granted. This is what I found about Jessica Jones. Since plenty of you too probably haven’t heard of Jessica Jones before, she is a superhero with an intense backstory involving rape, alcohol and psychological abuse.
Jessica’s comic series which debuted back in 2001 was featured on the Max line; Max comics promised to feature more adult oriented material and it did just that. Jessica Jones is the only Marvel hero that takes the realism and grittiness of the world and exploits it to the tenth power.
The Netflix + Marvel combo is darker on a more frightening, personal level.If you haven’t seen any trailers or read any write-ups, you should know that Jessica Jones is a former hero turned private eye, but still has powers, including super strength and the ability to leap dozens of feet through the air. Kilgrave, the villain can command anyone to do anything for him just by saying it out loud.
Most superhero movies deal with violence on a wide scale: alien invasions, maniacs with Infinity Stones (Guardians of the Galaxy), artificial intelligence trying to wipe out humanity, and crime kingpins looking to stifle the city. While those are harrowing situations, the humans caught in the conflict are just collateral damage. There is nothing private about the violence.
Jessica Jones, on the other hand, explores the intimacy of abuse. The more personal the show gets as it delves into the abuse, recovery, trauma, and guilt, the harder it is to watch. Amid all this blood, death, and trauma (and there is plenty of all three), the most terrifying thing is watching someone endure it all and go on living. Survival isn’t natural. It’s work. Hard work.
Also when most heroism is about saving the world, sacrificing for te greater good, for Jessica, heroism is reactive and personal. She has no grand plan to save the world or even individuals. She just wants to save those closest to her. Jessica Jones is also against facile notions of justice. It isn’t about getting payback against the people that hurt you. It’s deeper and more frustrating than that.
The best and the most harrowing thing about the show :
Jessica Jones‘s villain is the most sinister Marvel villain we’ve seen.
Underneath the nouveau elegance of his haberdashery and buttery accent, Kilgrave is the most heinous villain we’ve seen from Marvel. He has the power to control the minds of others, from telling them when they’re allowed to speak to pushing them to commit suicide.
His violence is intimate and personal, aimed at the most fragile parts of Jessica’s psyche. But Kilgrave isn’t the show’s only villain. He is part of a larger narrative about control and abuse.
The show can be deeply cynical in its worldview. People with power and control of a relationship, whether between a man and a woman, a parent and a child, the rich and poor, or someone with superpowers and no superpowers, will abuse that power and control. And people who have been abused live in fear that they will lose control again. They become less human, they become less hopeful, they lose their light, and at some point, they can’t be saved.
Jones is a solid, promising show, perhaps the most artistically and thematically ambitious project Marvel has ever embarked upon. There are moments where it’s downright sublime.
Jessica Jones manages to exceed everyone’s expectations by bringing one of the most badass female heroes to life. From Jessica, Kilgrave and the entire cast, Jessica Jones was a blast to go through, it is another must watch Marvel produced content. Stop what you’re doing and watch it now!