erik lundegaard

Tuesday December 15, 2015

The Problems with 'Jessica Jones'

It's a not-bad superhero show. Krysten Ritter is good in it, while both Mike Colter (Luke Cage) and David Tenant (Kilgrave) are superb. I liked the first episode with the shock ending. I also like the villain's superpower. Mind-control is a nice change of pace. It seems truly evil, more evil than brute strength. Even when it's used for good in that one episode, there's something horrifying in it that you don't feel when someone is merely being punched in the face. “It's clobberin' time!” seems sweet in comparison.

But I kept shaking my head. I kept pausing to complain to Patricia. (Yeah, I'm that guy.) I kept going, “Really? That's your plan, Jessica Jones? To beat the shit out of Kilgrave on camera so he'll use his mind-control powers on you? And this will somehow be admissible evidence in the ultimate exoneration of Hope Shlottman? ” Even better was was when she put Kilgrave's parents into an isolation chamber with him and watched all hell break loose. No one saw that one coming. No one except everyone except Jessica Jones. 

These are my main problems with the show:

  • If someone has Kilgrave's powers, and you're out to stop him, you don't have subplots. It's all you'd do. 
  • Because what if he wakes up to the true nature of his power? What if he decides to walk into the White House? That's some scary shit. Instead, he's content to shut up a noisy crowd at a cafe. (Great scene, btw.)

In other words, she's not bright and he's unimaginative. Not a good combo.

Jessica Jones

In tonight's episode: Jessica tries to get herself incarcerated for life in a supermax prison!

Posted at 07:14 AM on Tuesday December 15, 2015 in category TV  
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