Fast Five Review: Jessica Jones Season 1 (2015)


2015 | M | Action, Crime, Drama

This Netflix original chronicles the life of one of the darker Marvel characters, the mysterious Jessica Jones. When a tragedy puts an the end to her short-lived career as a superhero, Jessica settles in New York City and opens her own detective agency, called Alias Investigations, which seems to be called into cases involving people who have special abilities. Suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome, Jessica wants to do good, but her primary interest isn’t in saving the world, it’s saving her apartment and getting through each day. Based on a graphic novel intended for adults, this is not a superhero story for the kids.

1) Did you like it?


2) Why?

I’ve always been a big fan of special powers–telekinesis, super strength, laser eyes, the whole nine yards–and Jessica Jones, being a Marvel Superhero, has plenty of those. It’s dark, it’s thrilling, it’s intensely violent. All the episodes kept me pretty much at the edge of my seat.

What takes the cake, however, is definitely David Tennant in his portrayal of Kilgrave, the show’s bad guy who has the ability to control people using his words. When he tells someone to do something–shut up, be quiet, put a bullet in their head, stab themselves fifteen times, pour hot coffee on their face–the person feels compelled to do it.

Unlike most other over-powered, mind-controlling villains however, Kilgrave doesn’t have grand plans for world domination. At the base of it, he really just wants Jessica–to be with her, to control her, to own her, to have her do anything he says.

Their dynamics, along with Jessica’s own struggle with self-acceptance, make Jessica Jones a compelling series to watch. It’s still a Marvel title, but it does feel like a grown-up, more emotionally mature version of it.

3) “You would enjoy this TV series if…”

  • You enjoy the likes of Criminal Minds. The overall atmosphere of the show is similarly dark and intense.
  • You often imagine about how the world would react if ‘superheroes’ do live among us.
  • You like Charles Xavier from X-Men and wonder what an evil version of him would be like.

4) “This movie made me think about…”

How glad I am that no one really has the ability to control minds. I imagine that kind of power will very quickly go into people’s heads and make it infinitely harder for them to think about others and consider their well-being.

5) Overall rating?