Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 1 Review Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 1 Review
Review of the 1st episode of Marvel's and Netflix' "Jessica Jones" with Krysten Ritter. Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 1 Review

In 2001 the comic Alias was introduced, created by Brandon Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos.  I thought it was about that TV show with Jennifer Garner, so I was not interested at all. At that time I already followed less comics, because I was very fed up with the crap that especially Marvel produced. The 90s were a living hell to be reading comics with the gazillions of variant covers and millions of stupid X-spinoffs I and Marvel just being a sell-out motherfucker, putting quantity over quality. Not to mention the ridiculous speculating with comics that took place.

Remember this crap?

 

Or this utter shit?

 

When the Alias comic got cancelled I wasn’t even buying comics anymore. It just happens that a year or so later a friend of mine told me I should read Alias, since I got so fed up with comics. He lent his issues to me and when I started reading the first issue I thought :”Whoa, this is definitely something else.” Here you had this chain-smoking, alcohol guzzling, foul-mouthed and sassy woman, who was a private eye and a former superhero. The atmosphere of the comic was gritty, dark and felt like a Film Noir comic to me. This was definitely not your usual Marvel shit.  Alias explored the normal world combined with the superhero world in such an interesting way, that I could only say that this was one of the best comics I ever read. Never did I expect that this comic would ever get a TV-treatment.

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So here we are November 20, 2015. Netflix just released the complete season 1. When I heard they were doing an Alias TV show, I thought they were gonna fuck it up totally. There is no way they could get the atmosphere of the comic, let alone cast the right actress for it. The only actress I could see it play was Eliza Dushku and they were never gonna get her. Now don’t get me wrong, Dushku is not a great actress, but if you want sassy and foul-mouthed, there is hardly any actress who could pull it off better in my opinion. Of course I expected someone unlikeable to be cast, but Krysten Ritter I didn’t know well, so she gets the benefit of the doubt. I also waited a long time for this show to be released and the fact that Netflix just delivered an enjoyable Daredevil TV show made me positive about how they were gonna deliver Jessica Jones. In my eyes I expected Jessica Jones to be much better than Daredevil and I just couldn’t wait to see it.

Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones

 

So how is the first episode? It was kind of meh. Somehow that was to be expected, because the characters need to be fleshed out. However, it is noticeable fast, that Kilgrave The Purple Man is the main bad guy. In the comic it was only the last storyline that dealt with Killgrave and you didn’t see him before that in the Alias comic. Krysten Ritter is fluctuating a bit. Sometimes you see shades of the Jessica Jones character from the comic and sometimes you definitely don’t. It might be that she needs to grow in the role so we have to wait and see. One thing I do like immensely is that they didn’t make her the typical lame-ass “girl power”- woman. Luke Cage is introduced and quite frankly I expected him to be more hulkey. The chemistry between Cage and Jessica Jones is definitely there and that is good, because it was the same in the comic. So far they didn’t get the banter between the two right, but I expect that to change in the following episodes. The atmosphere is also not dark enough for my taste. What I do find very cool is that the flashbacks with Killgrave are shown with purple colors and the flashbacks look very dark. Killgrave is a nasty feller, but how nasty we will find out in the following episodes. Without spoiling too much Jessica Jones and Killgrave have a history together and it’s not a pretty one.  Patsy Walker is introduced as a friend of Jessica Jones. Patsy Walker is the Hellcat in comics, but the question is will we see the Hellcat in action? Personally, I don’t think a costumed hero would fit in this TV show. I hope they keep it more real. Fact is, in the comic Ms. Marvel is Jessica Jones’ buddy and it was a missed opportunity to see Viva Bianca there as Ms Marvel.

So what is the final verdict? Well, the pilot definitely made me curious to see the rest of the show and I expect the show to turn up the heat and go all guns blazing. I find that the reviews for the first episode were hyped too much. You see that they need to flesh out the characters and I am sure they will. And the tension in the show is sometimes really palpable and very well done.

PS:
I did already watch 3 episodes and the introduction of Killgrave was amazing. That is one evil motherfucker and David Tennant plays him masterfully. He is definitely my favorite bad guy in any Marvel movie or TV show I saw. And the best thing is, that he isn’t even purple, which would have made the show a bit ridiculous.

 

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  • KilliK

    and still no Miracle-Man tv show..sigh..

  • 3 episodes in here also and pretty much the same opinion so far. Good, not great, and Tennant is easily the best part of the show, even when it’s just his voice off-screen or over the phone.

  • I liked the first two episodes so far. I’m growing into the show.
    Daredevil also began low quiet and grew into a quite very good damn show, so here’s to hoping.

  • Bop

    Just finished it. Not a happy camper. It was quite disappointing.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    It doesn’t end like Agents of Shield, does it? 😉

  • Bop

    I don’t know. I tapped out after one episode of Agents Of Shield.

  • Bop

    Yeah, Tennant is definitely the best part of the show.

  • Toruk_Makto

    I’ve only seen 5 episodes but I have to say I’m a little irritated. The direction they’re choosing to go just doesn’t work for me.

    I read the alias series and It was a look into a deeply troubled 3rd tier super-hero who bowed out because she believed she didn’t have what it took. But it was the fact that she tried to be a hero that really makes the study of the character interesting. Deep within the husk of this broken, sullen, cynical woman lies the spark that compels heroes to go out and right wrongs. She served as a unique gateway between the plain, ordinary world and the world of superpowers.

    One of the best things about the comic (btw the comic was ‘ok’ I’ve found that Mr Bendis is nowhere near the writer that my idols (Claremont, Byrne, Miller) are but he’s passable ) was Jessica’s nonchalant/apathetic interactions with ‘SUPER HEROES’.
    She wasn’t in ‘awe’ of them, quite the opposite.

    Jessica Jones could have been to the super hero genre what Larry Sanders was to late night talk shows . An inside look at the super-hero world few people get to see.

    There is a scene in the comic where Matt Murdock calls Jessica in about a case she may want to take. She comes into his office,sits down and Kazar the Savage (dressed in a sharp suit and tie (I think he had a tie) ). You know…from the Savage Land. Anyway apparently Matt thought she would be a good person to help Kazar find his missing friend (parent?) the Sabretooth Tiger Zabu! The scene was played very straight…but the shit was hilarious. And no, she turned down the job

    “There’s no way in hell I’m going into the jungle to fight dinosaurs because you lost your cat.”

    The comic had these types of interactions all over the place. Leaving Ant-man fully-costumed in an unpaid cab without his wallet. Run-ins with Shield. The hot and cold friendship with Ms Marvel.

    It’s looks like they went in a completely different direction where super-heroes are practically a myth. Some bad fever dream that the world is trying to forget ever happened. Huh? A world where she has to look over shoulder to make sure no one is looking so she can use her “power”(which 99% of the time is used to break locks and open doors…exciting!). It’s almost as if we regressed a few decades and I was watching an episode of the bionic women where some lame excuse is used to explain her ‘super strength’ Pilates

    Melissa…
    read the books again. I don’t think you were paying attention. Read the scene in episode #15 It’s raining men where Scott (ant-man) Lang and Jessica are sitting outside of the restaurant waiting to order and Dr Octopus passes by tearing down the street stepping on cars closely followed by Spider-man & the Human torch,

    Jessica: “You…Uh…You want to go help?”
    Scott Lang: “I didn’t bring any of my Ant-Man stuff. Do you want to go?”
    Jessica: “Mmmmmm…Nah. They got it. And I really…I don’t do that anymore.”

    So far the only thing that is keeping me watching this is how nice Krysten’s ass looks in those jeans she’s always wearing. I really hope this gets better so far I am really, really not amused.

  • KilliK

    her ass is ugly, man.

  • Toruk_Makto

    Not in my universe it’s not. I’d pound it for days.

  • KilliK

    your universe has bad taste.

  • Tarmac492.1

    I guess they cant be all hits. mang.

  • Bop

    You are absolutely right. Melissa didn’t pay attention. The worst thing is she is praised for this show way too much. The credits said Bendis was a consultant. She didn’t show anything that points to having asked Bendis for consult.

    If you are already irritated after 5 episodes it will get even worse. I was quite disappointed for most episodes. Some storylines really dragged, I didn’t feel like I was watching Jessica Jones, the atmosphere was lousy and 13 episodes were way too much. 7 should have been enough. I think the mistake they made was introduce Kilgrave too early, because later on they didn’t really know what to do with him.

  • Bop

    I guess so, mang. But it is good it wasn’t a hit. It will serve as a lesson for the future regarding Netflix.

  • KilliK

    ? wasnt a success for Netflix?

  • Tarmac492.1

    Saw Piscopo playing Hamlet at the Hackensack Performing Arts Center. It was amazing.

  • Stalkeye

    Awesome, Bop!! I knew you could pull it off Brother!

    The atmosphere is also not dark enough for my taste. What I do find very cool is that the flashbacks with Killgrave are shown with purple colors and the flashbacks look very dark.” That’s one of the more highlights (if you will pardon the pun.) about this series. The transition from basic colors to a purple themed saturation was a good idea when expressing JJ’s flashback sequences.

    I have watched 3 eps on and off and frankly, I’m not too impressed. At least they got my Gal Hellcat, who I previously mentioned who should have her own series the second I learned of Jessica Jones. Shit, I would’ve even went with Valkyrie who would have further promoted Thor’s setting (Asgardian mythology and whatnot.) and not to mention, the “Fish out of water” trope may make for a more interesting premise.

    I’ll check out the remaining episodes but so far, its another slow burn and Daredevil was sooo much better. Bring on Iron Fist instead!!!!!!

  • Stalkeye

    XD

  • Stalkeye

    I rather have Trish but she’ll do! (;’

  • Stalkeye

    Dude, you called it!
    In episode 3, after Luke boned JJ, he said “Sweet Christmas”! LMMFAO

  • Stalkeye

    Sorry to hear that Bop. I know you had high expectations for this series but I had a feeling it wouldn’t fire on all cylinders. Fuckin’ Arrow is way better than this.
    Even the first episode of Supergirl was more entertaining.

  • Stalkeye

    rightfully so, bro.

  • Stalkeye

    DD was great from the start. Whachoo talking bout, Asi?

  • Stalkeye

    Now that I would KILL for!

  • It was pretty good from the start… and then it became truly great.
    You do not need to sell DD for me, i’m more than sold to the show and can’t wait for season two.

  • Toruk_Makto

    The fuck you care who I find attractive Killik? I don’t think she’s ugly, I like her fuckin ass.
    If you won’t go there that’s your motherfuckin business but it has fuck-all to do with mine.
    Now get the fuck away from me with your bizarre ‘ugly women’ crusade.

  • Toruk_Makto

    He was introduced waaaaaay too early. They should have established a world that was interesting enough to inhabit without Killgrave involved. He would have been just the icing on the cake.

    The missed opportunities I’ve seen so far are heat-breaking. The scene where the cop was going to jump off the roof– I sat up and said “Uh oh, here we go, this is gonna be a bad-ass super-hero scene”. I thought we were going to get glimpse of what Jewel would have been like in action…

    We see her diving off the roof catching him midair, smashing against the side of the other building, then using her super strength to gouge the side of the building with her free hand and boots to slow their descent ,brick chips and debris everywhere as the camera follows them down.

    Or hell, let’s get crazy..show her get the job done by flying.

    …instead we get her pretending to have done something like that. Hilarious..how quaint. Might have even been funny if the show had anything else going on!

    Whatever, I guess they can’t all be Gems. But I really hope someone sent Melissa an informative email because these mistakes need to be corrected.

  • Stalkeye

    Fair enuff.

  • Stalkeye

    Agent Carter<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Jessica Jones

  • Tim R.R. Something

    Good work.

  • Stalkeye

    I was very fed up with the crap that especially Marvel produced. The 90s were a living hell to be reading comics with the gazillions of variant covers and millions of stupid X-spinoffs I and Marvel just being a sell-out motherfucker, putting quantity over quality. Not to mention the ridiculous speculating with comics that took place.”

    Agreed! This is what led to declining comics sales. At the end of the day, Marvel is nothing but whores.

  • KilliK

    you are wrong, I didnt say anything about her attractiveness, only her ass.
    and be careful not to tear your tights.

  • Stalkeye

    Well, in the first ep, she took it up the Ass.
    It was all “Greek” to her. XD

  • Two hotties do not a bad series make.

  • Luke fucked JJ Abams??

  • It’s strange to see him play such a psychotic villain (and doing it admirably) after he had spent so long playing the heroic Doctor Who. But that’s the mark of a very good actor, he’s great as both hero and villain.

  • Stalkeye

    The Arrow indicates that Agent carter is a superior show compared to Jessica Jones. 😛

  • Toruk_Makto

    Fine, ass then. Whatever…just stay out of my boning fantasies.

  • KilliK

    LOL!

  • Too far to say since i haven’t finished Jessica Jones. I did liked Agent Carter a lot, i think the show captured very well the spirit of those old series. And the character is very aluring, both for her personality, competence and looks.

  • KilliK

    ignore my comments, that will keep me out.

  • Toruk_Makto

    If you were replying to someone else I would. But you preceded to tell me what is hot or not. N O.

    Ignore this K:

    http://hotsportsclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/jennifer-lawrence-hot-2.jpg

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Hayley Atwell has bigger tits than Ritter. In my book, that makes her the winner.

  • KilliK

    that’s not hot, that’s fat.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Well, you have it the wrong way around, then! This > means “greater than”.

  • Toruk_Makto

    You’re a strange, strange guy.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    She looks good there.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    No, JJ fucked Luke (Mark Hamill). Promised him a starring role, then reduced his part to a thirty second cliffhanger.

  • Stalkeye

    Ugh! You’re sounding like…:P
    But thanks anyways.

  • Stalkeye

    You meant “Ugly Ass” literally.
    We thought “Ugly Ass” figuratively. (;’

  • Stalkeye
  • Tarmac492.1

    I upvoted Killik for his zealot like belief that she is fat in that picture.

  • Stalkeye

    I’m…..at a loss for words.
    Her salad would get tossed! And afterwards, decorated with Ranch dressing. (;’

  • Bop

    When I heard Marvel almost went bankrupt I felt like celebrating. I thought they deserved to go bankrupt for the shit they served up in the 90s.

  • Bop

    Ouch.

  • Bop

    Bro. After seeing all 13 eps I would not recommend the show to you. Geeez, there was even a person who compared the Alias pilot to The Shield pilot as being that damn good. I don’t know what the motherfucker smoked.

  • Bop

    I agree with you that they shod have established a world that was interesting enough to inhabit without Kilgrave being involved. That was why I liked Alias so much.

  • Bop

    Well, I definitely have little faith in Netflix now. I will check out Luke Cage and Iron Fist, but have little hope for it.

  • Bop

    I suddenly felt very tired during the first episode. I was already superhero tired and that show didn’t help much.

  • Bop

    I read somewhere that they wanted him for the Hannibal tv show together with Mikkelsen.

  • Stalkeye

    Who is this idiot? WTF!!!
    Have you been on Twitter lately? Some guy named Xiphos (He sounds familiar.) said JJ is better than Daredevil. Jeebsus!

  • Stalkeye

    Well, there’s always the second season of DD which shall include The Punisher. (0;’

  • They promote it massively.

  • Dennis O’Keefe

    You know this how, exactly?

  • Tarmac492.1

    I like their stuff so far. Have you checked out Narcos, or Bloodlines? Pretty good stuff. I am upset that all of these tv shows are killing the film selection. I am assuming the same will happen for Amazon prime.

  • What could have been indeed.

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    I agree. Netflix appears to be on the path of mostly tv series. I have a feeling that Netflix (and Prime) will become all series while movie studios take back their films and launch their own streaming services. Some are already doing it. Then we’ll have to go back to cable so we don’t have to spend $200 a month on 20 different streaming services.

  • Netflix has a lot of original movies coming soon in the pipeline now too, they just got the jump on TV first (cheaper I guess).

    Beasts of No Nation was the first one (excluding documentaries) and others on the way include Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II, Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, War Machine, Special Correspondents, Mascots, and a bunch of shitty Adam Sandler films.

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    Correct. I should have just said all original content, which is what I meant.

  • KilliK

    yeah, my shrink tells me the same thing.

  • KilliK

    she IS fat IRL. that photo was photoshopped to make her look thinner. which has happened in most of her photo shoots. so nothing to do with zealot beliefs, but with being realistic.

  • KilliK

    thank god for photoshop.

  • Tarmac492.1

    I would call Rebel Wilson fat, or Melissa McCarthy, but I have to disagree with you on JLaw.

  • KilliK

    well, not fat like the other cows, but chubby.

  • Bop

    I checked out the first ep of Narcos. Didn’t like it much.
    Bloodlines I am totally unfamiliar with.
    TV shows are definitely killing the film selection.

  • Bop

    Nah, haven’t been on twitter. Xiphos appeared on PE a few times. He is originally from AICN.

  • Stalkeye

    I thought he sounded familiar.