Moderated by: Chief Couch Potato Kylie
Who: “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” is a superhero/action/psychological thriller drama based upon the Marvel Comics character Jessica Jones and is a Netflix original series, always available on Netflix.
What: “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” created by Melissa Rosenberg, is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise, and is the second in a series of shows that will lead up to a Defenders crossover miniseries. Krysten Ritter stars as Jessica Jones, a former superhero who opens her own detective agency after an end to her superhero career.
When: The first season of the series was released in its entirety to the Netflix streaming library on November 20, 2015.
Where: The action is set primarily in the New York City, New York, neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, as depicted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Why: To find out why individual podcast panelists started watching this show, listen to the podcast episode via the link below – though I will say that all of the panelists are fans of the Netflix original library and/or superhero/comic book based shows in their own right and have found themselves eagerly anticipating new entries in Netflix’s “Defenders” series of releases. As a result, they’re committed to a CPU! series about same!
How – as in How Was It?
The pilot/premiere rating scale:
***** – I HAVE TO WATCH EVERYTHING. HOLY SMOKES!
**** – Well, it certainly seems intriguing. I’m going to keep watching, but I see possible pitfalls in the premise.
*** – I will give it six episodes and see what happens. There are things I like, and things I don’t. We’ll see which “things” are allowed to flourish.
** – I will give it three episodes. Chances are, I’m mainly bored, but there is some intrigue or fascination that could hold it together. No matter how unlikely.
* – Pass on this one, guys. It’s a snoozer/not funny/not interesting/not my cup of tea… there are too many options to waste time on this one.
Marvel’s Jessica Jones = 4.6, by average of the podcast panel.
Following a tragic end to her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones (Ritter) tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City. She is soon impeded by a powerful figure from her past and the man who caused the tragedy that brought her to this point. Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor, Wil Traval, Erin Moriarty, Eka Darville, Carrie-Anne Moss, and David Tennant also star in season one. The series was released to critical acclaim, with critics noting Ritter’s and Tennant’s performances as well as the series’ noir tone, approach to sexuality, and coverage of darker topics such as rape, assault, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
How – as in How Was It? – THOUGHTS
CPU! is chock full of panelists with a proclivity for comic book and superhero TV shows and films, including your Chief Couch Potato and Main Moderator. One of our frequent panelists, Nick, suggested that the Netflix originals Daredevil and Jessica Jones be candidates for new podcast panels, and several other regular panelists wholeheartedly agreed. Therefore, it was only right that the next “Streaming Original” we tackled, having already covered Daredevil, would be Jessica Jones, the second in Netflix’s series of Marvel-centered shows leading up to a special “Defenders” miniseries, which will feature heroes like Daredevil and Jessica Jones joining together to form a special force of the ilk of the Avengers or of the Justice League in the DC Universe.
Thus, we bring you our first ever Jessica Jones podcast – and the second episode of our new Marvel’s Defenders Series – featuring frequent panelists Nick, Kristen, Hilary, Kyle, and Spencer. Happily, this episode features far less technical difficulties than our Daredevil entry and far more continuous enthusiasm for this series – and for, particularly, David Tennant. David Tennant. David Tennant. We’re fans here.
Also note: there are some Daredevil Season 2 spoilers – and CPU! will be covering that season shortly. Very shortly.
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Questions, Impressions, and Considerations Going Forward
1) Will Daredevil appear on Jessica Jones? We would like him to do so, please, and apart from the Defenders miniseries because these two characters exist in the same universe and in the same city (and same borough of the city!).
2) David Tennant was announced to be returning for Season 2, even though Jessica snapped Kilgrave’s neck in the season one finale. How will he return?
3) Will Trish (Rachael Taylor) evolve into the Marvel hero Hellcat in season two, as several panelists estimated she might at some point?
4) Will there be a new villain? Who will it be? Will Kingpin/Wilson Fisk appear in Jessica Jones?
Jessica Jones is recommended to fans of comic books, particularly from the Marvel universe; fans of David Tennant; fans of Daredevil on Netflix; and fans of psychological thrillers, as the panel agreed that the neo-noir tone, coupled with Tennant’s mind-blowing and disturbing performance as mind-pushing villain Kilgrave, elevated this story into some potentially horror genre tension and edginess. The panel generally and universally agrees that Jessica Jones is well-directed, written, and performed, with particular love for Ritter and Tennant, and will delight most superhero/comic book fans as well as those who enjoy a good drama and/or a good thriller. Super-fan Kyle, who is the most familiar with this universe, thinks the Jessica Jones character, who originally hails from the “Daredevil” comics, may very well be treated better in her television adaptation than by the comic writers who continue to tell her story.
THE FUTURE OF THE SHOW
Jessica Jones was renewed for a second season, though an official premiere/release date has not yet been announced. CPU! will be following Jessica Jones throughout its series run, as part of CPU!’s Marvel’s Defenders Series, so we will definitely return to podcast about season two some time after it is released. Until then!