What's it about?
On the Netflix side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe there's a little apartment turned into an office with an often broken window in the door. This is Alias Investigations and - if you can convince her to help you - Jessica Jones is one great PI. However, at the moment she's out of the office, trying to track down the man who ruined her life.
The show does an amazing job of showing us a variety of female characters (good and bad) that have been severely lacking for sooooo many years. We have super hero females, best friends, lovers, assholes and innocent victims. Men are barely present in this series, which is a refreshing change, but they are present in some very integral parts. The downside is that this really highlights the lack of such care in the Cinematic Universe as a whole and makes me glare at the movies for not offering us more. (I love Scarlet Witch, I do, but come on, give us more main females then just her and Black Widow!)
The down side is this show also made me realize something else about the Cinematic Universe and I find it super troubling. There are no female characters in the Marvel Universe who do not come from a place of sexual trauma or abuse. And if you think they don't, it's because we haven't heard all the details from their backstory yet. This is a serious problem with female characters and probably deserves a huge rant in and of itself. However I'm gonna stop myself, cuz this is a review.
Kilgrave himself was a really interesting villain and one who kept me guessing. Aside from being written incredibly well, David Tennant did an amazing job portraying him. At every turn he was more and more devious and untrustworthy. This isn't just a man you fear. He's a man you hate and avoid because you don't dare give him an inch. There were several times in the story where it seemed like they were trying to give him some motivation for how he was - but then it came to light that he was lying again, manipulating with every fiber of his being power or not. It's truly scary to see someone who can do nothing but manipulate everyone around him. And he's really really good at it even without his power. Seriously, this kind of character and writing gives me nightmares and inspires me to create at the same time - I love it.
Where'd I get it?
Steaming on Netflix of course!