Like really great, if I had a dollar for every time I was watching this show and said out loud “man that’s cool” or “DAMN SON” or audibly gasped at the events on screen I would have about $100. It’s really good.
First and foremost the thing that jumps at you are the characters, every single one is different, interesting and at no point did I think some were over or under focused on.
Let’s talk about Krysten Ritter. I don’t think people realised how much pressure she was under during the production phase, similar to Christopher Ecclestone’s turn as The Doctor, Ritter had to make a character not that many people knew into someone relateable and popular within minutes or else the entire series would be called into question. Jessica Jones is an alcoholic, mistrusting piece of work who also happens to have super strength and if you cross her path with bad intentions you don’t stand a chance. With someone less capable than Ritter she wouldn’t be the perfect anti-hero she is. Gonna say that word again, Perfect.
Every great hero needs a great villain and here is, in my opinion, the greatest Marvel villain to date. David Tennant’s Kilgrave is truly terrifying but can at times be perfectly civil and almost misunderstood but then he’ll make someone put their hand in a blender, throw hot coffee in their own face and cut out their own heart. He is probably the most dangerous villain Marvel have released because their isn’t anyone he can’t control (I’m still holding out hope that Asgardians and The Hulk could stop him). One more use of that word, Perfect.
The ensemble cast are also brilliant, Luke Cage, Trish Walker, Jeri Hogarth, Malcolm and the surprisingly terrifying Will Simpson provide a believable world for the main cast to live in.
There is really only one thing wrong with the series as a whole. With every series’ some episodes are better than others, now normally this is because the script allows for it to be better but more often than not it’s down to the direction. While Jessica Jones’ direction was no way near bad in any sense of the word I just felt some directors could’ve taken more of a license to slightly alter the tone for just an episode. This happened once in 13 episodes and in Daredevil (for example) there are 4 or 5 episodes that stand out for being influenced by their director. I’m not looking for one episode being a sitcom or straight up action film as such a dramatic change wouldn’t feel right.
With that minor annoyance aside, Marvel have this year expanded their universe to include some of the hottest property in film/tv right now. Daredevil was brilliant but Jessica Jones is in a league of it’s own.