Ever since completing Marvel’s highly acclaimed, Netflix-exclusive series Daredevil a few months back, I’ve been actively perusing the streaming service for a suitable, binge-watchable show to take its place while I patiently await Matt Murdock’s second spin through Hell’s Kitchen. I’ll be frank - like most of the self-proclaimed workaholic population, I don’t make a ton of time for television. That said, when Marvel rolled Jessica Jones onto the platform, I quickly took the bait. With actress Krysten Ritter starring as Marvel’s avenging anti-heroine and private investigator, Jessica Jones (much like Daredevil) takes its audience on an often dark, devastating, yet mind-boggling ride as she seeks revenge against notorious comic book villain, Killgrave (actor David Tennant).
For those of you who like a timeline to go with your graphic literature (cough, comic books)-turned television series, we seem to be catching Jessica Jones shortly after she declines The Avengers’ invitation to “avenge” with them. The short of it: Jessica Jones took on The Avengers while she was under the influence of Killgrave - AKA: master mind controller. Not knowing the circumstances under which Jessica Jones was threatening their efforts, The Avengers put Jones into a coma. Although she received an apology from The Avengers once the truth was discovered (post-Killgrave), Jessica Jones declines their invitation; this is where the Netflix series picks up.
Suffering from a severe case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after escaping Killgrave’s influence, Jessica Jones kicks open Alias Investigations in Hell’s Kitchen. In the beginning, Jones’ clients range from husbands and wives who suspect a cheating spouse, to a short list of leads from shrewd, successful lawyer, Jeri Hogarth (played by actress Carrie-Anne Moss). When a set of parents employs Jones to find their missing daughter, it is here that the series really begins to unfold, and Jessica Jones seeks retribution.
The cast of Jessica Jones is a powerful one; Krysten Ritter plays the role of a traumatized yet witty protagonist beautifully, while Carrie-Anne Moss rules the ruthless Jeri (Jeryn) Hogarth with an iron fist. Actor Mike Colter brings the indestructible Luke Cage to the series in full force, and actress Rachael Taylor plays the tough but kind former child star Patricia Walker. An early series highlight, and perhaps one of the most intriguing moments in the journey is the revelation of actor David Tennant as formidable and disturbed Marvel villain, Killgrave. The show does a phenomenal job of bringing his comic book persona and noted tendencies to the series - e.g. subtle (and some not so subtle) uses of the colour purple; after all, painting David Tennant purple may have been just a tad over the top (though only a tad…his character is quite theatrical)
Upon completing Jessica Jones, one thing became clear: Hell’s Kitchen doesn’t serve up bad exclusive television. My advice? Go ahead, binge; you won’t go hungry.