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.
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.
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.
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.
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.