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TV Series Review

Sure, Jessica Jones sometimes moonlights as a superhero. She doesn't wear a cape or don a mask or anything, but she's been known to take out the occasional supervillain or team up with a cadre of gifted do-gooders.

But frankly, neither tights nor heroic moral rectitude fit her so well. Mostly, she's just a private detective trying to pay the bills—drinking too much, sleeping too little and shedding her clothes for the occasional guy who strikes her fancy.

Her particular set of skills are on-the-job assets, too. Her super-strength comes in handy when she needs to, say, break into a mark's apartment. She might not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but she can lithely jump onto a fire escape to better peer into a bedroom window.

The law? It's more an impediment than anything else. Order? Have you seen her office? If you're looking for one of those truth-and-justice types, best head to National City (to find Supergirl) or Central City (for The Flash) or, hey, even look around Jessica's own Hell's Kitchen neighborhood for Daredevil. This girl doesn't have time for rigorous do-gooding. "She's not really trying to save the city," Krysten Ritter, who plays Jessica, told Collider. "She's just trying to save her apartment."

Do Bad Guys Make Good Good Guys?

Are we being too hard on Jessica? Perhaps. She still wants to help when she can. She'd like to put some bad guys away, and sometimes does so terminally.

"I've killed," she tells her sometimes best friend, Trish. (Their relationship is on the rocks as of Season 3, given that Trish murdered Jessica’s mom at the end of Season 2).

Nope, Jessica is no innocent and doesn't pretend to be. "There's no tidying her up," executive producer Jeph Loeb told Entertainment Tonight. And that makes for a very messy show.

In keeping with the noirish, hard-boiled private eye vibe, Jessica drinks like a thirsty St. Bernard. When she's not actively drinking, she's likely drunk. If she's not drunk, she's probably hung over. (Liquor bottles litter her nightstand. Eighty-proof alcohol fills her canteen.)

Rotten language, though, goes far beyond what you'd hear Humphry Bogart's Sam Spade say back in the day: S-words are common, for instance. And while she may feel bad about killing, she feels no remorse when it comes to sleeping around. When Trish tells Jessica that she can't fritter away her life lost in booze and meaningless sex, Jessica snaps back, "Hey, don't knock meaningless sex." More often than not, we see that meaningless sex play out on screen.

But while Jessica may willingly look for one-night stands, the show doesn't hesitate to engage even more disturbing sexual elements involving harassment, coercion and assault. And while the show certainly doesn't condone such behavior—some have called Jessica Jones the perfect program for the #MeToo movement—its sexual exploits can get pretty grimy, graphic and very noisy here.

"[Jessica Jones] is dark, and I mean dark," writes Alisha Grauso for filmschoolrejects.com. "It deals with adult themes that not even Daredevil touched in its first season. While both series have earned a TV-MA rating, Daredevil earned it largely for violence, whereas Jessica Jones will earn the rating mainly for sexually explicit scenes and themes, and a lot of them. … Rape and sexual abuse aren’t themes often explored in our entertainment. They’re too real, too raw. They fill us with a repulsion and horror from a place that comes from deep within, because it’s the sort of violent act that breaks not just the body, but the spirit. Jessica Jones will not tone down that damage for the sake of delicate sensitivities."

A Matter of Superhero Maturity

With Jessica Jones, Netflix confirms that it's not messing around with its grim, sometimes gruesome take on superheroes. Based on Marvel's gritty, risqué source material, Jessica is as unlikable a hero as you're likely to meet, dispensing with the aspirational heroism typically associated with superheroes. She's no hero: She'll tell you that to your face. The "mature audiences" label the show bears can be largely attributed to the immaturity of its central character. And while Jessica's many flaws makes for a very different, pretty compelling superhero series, it makes for a supremely uncomfortable one, too.

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Episode Reviews

June 13, 2019: “AKA The Perfect Burger”
Jessica Jones: Mar. 8, 2018 "AKA Start at the Beginning"
Jessica Jones - Nov. 20, 2015 "AKA Ladies Night"



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Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones; Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker; Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse; David Tennant as Kilgrave; Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth; Wil Traval as Will Simpson; Susie Abromeit as Pam; Mike Colter as Luke Cage; Erin Moriarty as Hope Shlottman; Robin Weigert as Wendy Ross-Hogarth






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