Jessica Jones "AKA Girl Fight" Review
By Zak Edwards
November 19, 2015 - 08:16
Studios: Marvel Studios
Starring: Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Carrie-Anne Moss, David Tennant
Directed by: S. J. Clarkson
Produced by: Melissa Rosenberg
Release Date: November 20, 2015
My initial reaction to Jessica Jones was to go and sit on a curb outside and not talk.
I saw it with a few thousand other people at NYCC, and after coming out of the extremely intense pilot, I was in a haze. Walking out the main doors and into the fray of hyper-reality, where Spider-Men and Deadpools and Kimmy Schmidts and whatever anime is popular right now walk by on a constant basis, it was way too much for me. I needed time to process, to think, and to feel out what I’d just seen.
This is because the pilot of Jessica Jones is, at its essence, about sexual violence. And the trauma that ensues.
For those of you who know Alias, the series that introduced Jessica Jones, you know what I’m talking about. For those of you who haven’t, I’m not going to try and explain. You will find out, and it won’t be pretty. And thank all of the gods that it isn’t.
Make no mistake, this is quality storytelling, but it’s also impatient in the best sort of way. Hand-holding, after all, is for children. The plot skips along in that first hour, covering a lot of world-building and material to set up its story. Looking back, the plot also gives the audience plenty to hold on to. Jessica herself stumbles intently along, but there’s a definitive feeling that a learning curve is taking place. So much more is going on than a typical MCU story and Jessica Jones wants the audiences to adjust, but also wants you to feel lost, uneasy, and like you’ve been kicked in the stomach.
But in the last third of the episode, the series went from a Daredevil mix of humour and darkness (albeit with a much different feel) to something different, and it will be the primary focus of many critics that I respect. This series will incite discussions, it will be evaluated on how it handles the tough questions and material it chooses to take on, and it will not be an easy series to watch. That may be the best sign that we can hope for with Jessica Jones. If this is the subject matter the brilliant, mostly female team wants to take on, then I hope it makes people uncomfortable. I hope that, after the first episode, more people end up outside searching for a breath of air before going further. It’s not something to be taken lightly, and they sure as hell don’t seem to compromise in that regard.
But me. I’m gonna need another minute.
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