I wasn’t sure what to make of the announcement that Netflix was working on a Jessica Jones (JJ) show. To be honest, I had no idea who JJ was. Although I wasn’t familiar with the character, I watched the first episode because Netflix has been hitting it out of the park lately.
Last night I showed my wife the trailer and her reaction was pretty much like mine, absent the Marvel logo, nothing screamed superhero tv show. My wife is not a comic book fan, and so the trailer was enough to convince her that it may be something she could get into. I saw my in, and so I took it. I said, “Why don’t we watch some Netflix and chill?” About fifteen minutes into the show, my wife was fast asleep; however, I was mesmerized.
The opening credits and the promotional art (seen above) remind me of one of my favorite artists, David Mack. So right from the beginning, you get this comic book, gritty vibe that puts you the mood.
It doesn’t take long to realize that this isn’t your typical Marvel show. I’d go so far as to say that it’s for a maturer audience than Daredevil. Within minutes, multiple swear words were being dropped, as well as, pants. For some reason, there were a lot of rear nude shots in this first episode.
Regardless of the dairyer shots, the show was impressive. It’s a slow burn kind of show, but it takes that approach to build the characters. JJ, played by the beautiful and talented Krysten Ritter, is a private detective for hire. Throughout the first episode we learn that JJ is good at what she does, but that she is running from someone that she thought was dead. At first, I thought she was just a normal person, but it turns out, she’s super strong, but not over-the-top strong (if that makes sense). I didn’t get the impression she could hold a car over her head, or throw a bad guy into the sun or anything like that.
Speaking of bad guys. Wow. The bad guy introduced in this episode is chilling. From what I could tell, it looks like he has the ability to make you do things that you don’t want to do. Things get pretty crazy so I don’t want to spoil it for you. Just remember this: suspect everyone.
I’m definitely hooked because I want to see how the set up plays out. Hopefully, things don’t get too cat-and-mouse that I give up caring as the episodes roll on. But for now, CRR gives JJ Ep. 1 nine out of ten bare behinds.