So I've been alittle lazy recently. Mainly due to the flu (never fun) and completing replays of STRIDER and South Park: The Stick of Truth.
The last 3 games of the Preowned Experiment will be in January, since I plan on taking a well deserved break in December. I plan on watching my Arrow Season 2 Boxset, replaying Jet Set Radio, Blood Dragon and other favs.
But that's not what this Journal is about.
I recently checked out the second of Marvel's Netflix Universe (I think that's what they're calling it unless it's all apart of the MCU) Jessica Jones, which in turn is the adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' Alias comic series.
My basic understanding of the character before this was "That woman Luke Cage is married to in New Avengers" so this was something I was curious to see. While I feel it's not on the same level as Daredevil, it does take a solid 3rd place to my favourte comic book television drama.
Because I'm officially getting sick of super hero movies at this point.
The story did surprise me at times, but I did feel it abandoned elements when Kilgrave was introduced. It's established Jessica is a P.I. (Private Investigator) but she doesn't really do alot of Private Investigating. Again, I'm sure the comic explores that more but you get what you're given I suppose.
It is kinda sad to see that these Netflix shows have more indepth chemistry, better dialouge, better villians, better characterisation and a leading female role than the entire MCU has shown us so far. Sure Jessica fires off more quips than Tony Stark at an open mic night, but it's not constantly in your face. The humour is more organic and has a very dark comedy sense of style. But the humour is interwoven with traumatic experiences, film noir story telling, compelling crime drama, disfunctional relationships, street crime and more people killing themselves than a cult rally. That's kinda been my growing problem with the recent Marvel Movies, they started getting too jokey and too satirical. Watching Loki have a quip when killing a guy is funny and all, but watching Kilgrave or Kingpin doing it with a psychotic mindset is all the more rewarding.
Casting being another strongpoint of the series. I've personally never heard of Krysten Ritter before this series, but consider me hooked. Her timing is flawless, the nonchanlant approach to any given problem and the "I fucking hate everyone!" attitude made her a very likeable character to me. The accessive alcoholism, bad manners and general distrust of everyone shows this is a woman rotting on the inside, considering the character is diagnosed with PTSD because of Kilgrave.
Speaking of which, Kilgrave might infact be one of my favourte portrayls of a Marvel Villian from the MCU to date. Next to Kingpin, this is the kind of villain we should be seeing on the big screen, instead of the one note slabs of dickcheese we constantly get that makes Arnold's portryal of Mr.Freeze look like Heath Ledger's Joker for fucksake.
The manchild in the Purple Suit is brought to live by David Tennant, who you can tell is having way too much fun with the role. I was reminded of Moriarty from BBC's Sherlock with how he carried the role. In that he can go from dark, sinister and psychopathic to camp, ecentric and jolly at the drop of a hat. The supporting characters all serve a function and aren't there to be there, well maybe except the nurse from Daredevil but the continuity nod is appreciated.
Luke Cage was set up pretty well and I'm curious to see his Netflix series along with Iron Fist's.... Unless that's officially cancelled in favour of a Punisher Series.
Bottom line, I really enjoyed Jessica Jones. It's not on the same level as Arrow and Daredevil, but entertaining enough to warrant repeated viewings down the road.
Now make us that DVD godammit!!!