Marvel and Netflix have quite a group of superheroes to make shows from and the second is just as good as the first. I was a big fan of Daredevil and really all things the Marvel Universe has put out so I was pleased to find that Jessica Jones is one of the best things to come from the universe. The show is harsh and gritty, stuff the movies just couldn't do and appeal to a mass audience. I had not read the comics so I came in pretty much blind.
Krysten Ritter is moving as the scarred, super strength, hard-drinking, dirty mouthed, private detective. She's running from a rough past that she does not want to deal with so she drowns her sorrows in booze instead. At first, she operates under the belief that her nemesis has passed but the villainous Kilgrave will soon return. The hatred she feels towards this mind control villain shows clearly on this actresses face. Ritter also makes it totally believable that she could stop a car or throw a man through a wall. The trauma has taken its toll but Jessica Jones is still one tough woman.
David Tenant brings the same wild-eyed manic evil to Kilgrave as he did to Barty Crouch Jr. in the fourth Harry Potter film, the Goblet of Fire. Kilgrave has the ability to control minds, which manifests all sorts of complicated scenarios that Jessica has to punch and smash her way out of.
The set up for The Defenders continues with Luke Cage, played by Mike Colter, popping up as a bar owner. Luke and Jessica share a history through a mutual connection and that mystery plays out with plenty of intrigue and wall crushing. I really look forward to Luke Cage's own solo outing.
There are plenty of awesome side characters with the ability to flesh out multiple stories over a thirteen episode run. Rachael Taylor, who I remember from the first Transformers movie, plays Trish Walker, a childhood friend of Jessica. Trish has also had experience with Kilgrave and helps out Jessica throughout the show. Wil Traval plays Trish's love interest, a cop gone rogue and desperate to kill the mind controller. Carrie-Anne Moss, Trinity from the Matrix, plays a conniving lawyer who provides legal help but also has troubles of her own. There are also some interesting subplots with neighbors played by Eka Darville and Colby Minifie. Even a character from Daredevil pops up in the later episodes.
This series does not hold back on the violence and that is something not often seen in the superhero genre. Complicated issues are explored and in the end that is when fiction is often at its best. Creator Melissa Rosenberg has done a great job and I can't wait until the team up episodes in a few years.