It’s the female mirror image of Daredevil, this new Netflix dark slow superhero story/mini-series called Jessica Jones. It’s another 10-episode season of annoyingly dark scenes with unlikeable characters, voiceovers and echoing jazzy trumpets playing in the background; can someone please shut those trumpets up?
In order to create a ‘series noir’, you need two things: darkness – which the fans will stubbornly continue to call ‘grittiness’ – and a freaking trumpet as the soundtrack. As if there’s a trumpet player on every street corner – just out of sight – doing the same old thing over and over again. Atmosphere; that’s obviously the goal here, but apart from being a cliche that should’ve room 101’ed long ago, it reminds me of ancient detective shows. Boring ancient detective shows. It’s not very exciting, quite the opposite, actually. The tune kind of rounds up a scene, as if to say ‘end scene’. It’s the musical equivalent of putting the words ‘The End’ underneath an article.
I had to get that off my chest. Okay, secondly: the main title sequence is, compared to Daredevil’s, a bit of a letdown. It’s like someone found the watercolor filter in the editing room. If there’s one good thing about Daredevil, it’s the cool underwater still lives at the beginning of the episodes.
Who is Jessica Jones? I have no idea. She’s got great strength. Lifts up a car with one hand. Climbs up buildings rather fearlessly. But she’s no superhero. She’s a private investigator. Taking pictures of people who happen to stand in front of their windows, lights on, no curtains, sniffing women’s shoes. I know it’s New York City, but come on. That’s a little on the nose, isn’t it? I know it works that way in a comic book, but I expect something more from television.
The Lovely Doctor
There’s a lot more on the nose. I guess making a gritty superhero show still allows you to create situations as dumb as you want. The thing that they actually got right, is how they’re working towards presenting the villain. He’s hardly seen in the first episode ‘AKA Ladies Night’, since he’s still only a figment of Jessica’s imagination – or is he? His name is Kilgrave (speaking of noses and things being on it), and will be played by David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch, Gracepoint). The lovely David Tennant? O yes. Apparently he’s got the ability to force his will upon people – something he’s done to Jessica before. He’s been presumed dead, but is back. It seems like he uses innocent victims to flush Jessica out. It’s going to be up to her to stop him.
Jesse Pinkman’s Once Upon A Time Junkie Girlfriend
Daredevil is played by Charlie Cox, and because Matt Murdock is blind, you’d expect an actor with a strong voice. Unfortunately, Cox’s voice is nothing special. The casting of Jessica Jones is also a bit peculiar. The title role is played by Krysten Ritter. Jesse Pinkman’s once upon a time junkie girlfriend that nobody liked. And I still don’t. She’s got big eyes, but nothing about this character makes me the slightest bit interested. It’s nothing more but an irritating presence. Sure, leading characters don’t have to be nice people, but they do have to make you want to watch them. For whatever reason.
The supporting cast is, however, interesting. Somewhat. Mike Colter (Agent X, The Good Wife) plays Luke Cage, Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix, Vegas, Chuck) plays Jeryn Hogarth and Rachael Taylor (Grey’s Anatomy, 666 Park Avenue, Charlie’s Angels) plays Trish Walker. They don’t get much to do, though, so far. Anyway, I’m sure that if you enjoyed Daredevil, you’re going to love this one, too. Let’s leave it at that.