Watched the First “Jessica Jones”

Strong language warning.

HOLY FUCKING SHIT. That was absolutely terrifying. That was seriously one of the most frightening things I’ve ever seen on TV or screen.

The whole thing was unsettling, but that ending? WOW. WOW. My hands are actually still shaking slightly.

Other impressions: The whole thing is very, very noir. Some of her quips early on seemed a little bit too try-hard. Yes, I get it, you’re very noir Jessica.

The explicit sex scene was entirely unnecessary and had no business being there (Isn’t noir a more “fade to black” sort of genre anyway?), but then reviews wouldn’t be raving about how Jessica “takes control of her sexuality” without that scene, would they? Which of course has absolutely nothing to do with the real reasons this was such a strong episode of television.

Ditto with the lesbians. No point, except to advertise that they had lesbians. Wheeeeeeee.

I still prefer “Daredevil”, though. The strong Catholic element and man, those fight scenes, still put it over the top for me…even when comparing pilot to pilot.

But wow. WOW. I’m mightily impressed. Will continue with this series later, after I take a few more deep breaths. Main Street, Birch Street, Higgins Drive…

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10 Responses to Watched the First “Jessica Jones”

  1. Syllabus says:

    The explicit sex scene was entirely unnecessary and had no business being there

    Not quite. I mean, it’s not the most necessary thing in the world, certainly, but again — they’re adapting a comic book series, and that’s in there.

    I’m four episodes in, and quite honestly, all of Jessica’s sexual adventurism does little to show how she’s “taking control of her sexuality” and a lot to show how alone and broken she is. All it makes me think about her is “gosh, she’s fucked up”.

    Ditto with the lesbians. No point, except to advertise that they had lesbians. Wheeeeeeee.

    Yeah, that was unnecessary. But it’s not like they’re advertising “lesbians are sooo awesome”, it’s more like “Carrie Ann Moss is a heartless, cheating, sexually predatory bitch”.

    And yes, “Daredevil” is still the superior show. But this one’s not half bad so far either.

    • The sex scene may have been in the comic, but then a show is not a comic.

      I do get your point, though. The sex scene wasn’t an episode ruiner for sure.

      That was a really strong episode. I was impressed, and genuinely freaked out by the end of it. So well done to the “Jessica Jones” team.

    • A pretty big plot hole does occur to me: Jessica is going into the hotel, where she is very much aware that Kilgrave might be present. Why doesn’t she put in earplugs? Yeah, you open yourself up to other threats, but without Kilgrave’s mind-control there to screw her over even with the deafness Jessica very much has the advantage. In fact, she could wait him out and just end things right there.

      Seemed kind of dumb.

  2. Syllabus says:

    Why doesn’t she put in earplugs?

    No one tries anything like this until later. It did bother me a bit. But [mild spoilers] his powers aren’t entirely linked to his voice.

    Jessica isn’t the most rational person (at least initially) where Kilgrave is concerned, though. That might account for some of it.

    • I was hoping that it was a little more than his voice, but still! It’s gotta be at least a really big deal.

      Some reviews imply a sort of Batman thing later where she doesn’t actually want to kill Kilgrave. I hope not, because that would piss me off. Kilgrave is a walking nightmare. He needs – NEEDS – to be put DOWN.

      “Daredevil” I was a bit more forgiving to on this point because Murdock is also a lawyer, which means he has an inherent responsibility to the legal system that he has to contend with. But Jessica? Put a bullet between his eyes.

    • Also…Kilgrave’s weakness is anesthesia?

      Er, that’s everybody’s weakness. You might as well say his weakness is a bullet in the head.

  3. Syllabus says:

    Some reviews imply a sort of Batman thing later where she doesn’t actually want to kill Kilgrave.

    Well, this is true to a certain extent, bu it’s not because she doesn’t want to kill him. It’s because there are extenuating circumstances which make it imprudent to kill him.

    Also…Kilgrave’s weakness is anesthesia?

    Well, again, I don’t want to spoil too much, but it’s a little more complicated than “Kilgrave goes under when we gets injected with surgical anesthetic, so that’s his weakness”.

    • Well, this is true to a certain extent, bu it’s not because she doesn’t want to kill him. It’s because there are extenuating circumstances which make it imprudent to kill him.

      Made it to the episode where he’s kidnapped and then escapes. I figured Hope had something to do with it. I just really hope she doesn’t turn into Batman by the end of it (Batman I’m less willing to forgive than Daredevil. KILL THE DAMN JOKER).

      They imply something early on with the anaesthesia and how it drains him of his powers, but…if he’s unconscious and they put him in the hermetically sealed room, doesn’t that accomplish the same thing?

      I dunno. It seems like a weird “weakness”.

  4. Syllabus says:

    They imply something early on with the anaesthesia and how it drains him of his powers, but…if he’s unconscious and they put him in the hermetically sealed room, doesn’t that accomplish the same thing?

    You’re getting ahead of the show. (DUN DUN DUUUUUN.) But the answer is “yes and no”. Yes, hermetically sealed room insulates them from his powers, but it doesn’t strip him of his powers; the anesthetic does. I think the problem is that they need to capture him w/o him programming someone before he’s captured to defend him. IOW, shoot him with the dart, he can’t program anyone before he goes out, and voila.

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