Jessica Jones has been out for a couple of weeks now – so naturally I’ve finished binge watching it already.
Obvious spoilers ahead.
So let me just start by saying I loved it. It was far and away the best Marvel product outside of the movies. Well, any of the Phase 2 movies – it was definitely better than Captain America: The First Avenger. What a pile of crap. It also comes way ahead of Agents of SHIELD, and above Daredevil (which I still haven’t gotten to the end of)
But what made it so good? Let’s see…
Jessica Jones was so feminist
It was so feminist – so naturally I loved that about it. At no point did the main character rely on her looks, only her fists and wits and intelligence.
She had many conversations with her equally kick-ass female best friend, many of which didn’t revolve around a man. Bechdel test passed, tick tick tick.
The way that the show approached the topic of rape too. I’ve seen a lot of articles recently that compared the way Jessica Jones talked about rape to the way Game of Thrones talked about rape – which is something that I think is very interesting.
In Game of Thrones, Sansa was horribly raped by Ramsay – while Theon was made to watch. A lot of outrage at the time (including mine) was about how that storyline seemed to only be about progressing Theon’s storyline, rather than Sansa’s.
Game of Thrones also depicted the actual act of rape. Yes, it was horrible and everyone who watched it had the same reaction after (I hope) – a reaction of WTF. But after that, there was very little evidence about how Sansa felt. We had to assume a lot of things, as there wasn’t a lot of discussion about it.
In Jessica Jones no actual rape was depicted. Instead, only the effects were discussed. While in the first few episodes it was only implied, Jessica outright states it a couple of episodes later.
Kilgrave: “We used to do a lot more than just touch hands.”
Jessica: “Yeah. It’s called rape.”
Kilgrave: “What? Which part of staying in five-star hotels, eating at all the best places, doing whatever the hell you wanted, is rape?”
Jessica: “The part where I didn’t want to do any of it! Not only did you physically rape me, but you violated every cell in my body and every thought in my goddamn head.”
Kilgrave: “That is not what I was trying to do.”
Jessica: “It doesn’t matter what you were trying to do. You raped me again and again and again—”
In a move that I’m sure isn’t coincidence; Kilgrave uses the typical defence that rapists use. It’s sickening. But expertly handled on the show. I wonder how many men had a sudden realisation that they are guilty of using the exact same language?
Abundance of eye candy
I had to mention this one because – let’s be honest – who doesn’t love eye candy? And Luke Cage definitely delivers on that front. I was literally living for his sassy eye rolls when he’s in fights.
Honourable mention to Malcolm too. 😍 😍 😍 Cute little used-to-be-messed-up Malcolm.
A vile villain
Another part of what made Jessica Jones so great was a great villain. It seems weird to say it, but that’s what drives a lot of great stories. Think about the appeal of Game of Thrones. A lot of it was from how much of an awful villain Joffrey was.
In happens in literature too. One of my all-time favourite books is The Pillars of The Earth. And again, what made it such a good book is the fact that it had several villains in William and Bishop Waleran.
And so along comes David Tennant – who absolutely nailed it. I don’t think I have actually hated someone as much as I hate him since Joffrey. Smug faced bastard. The final minutes of the final episode are probably the most satisfying since Joffrey turned purple.
All in all; 9/10.