Netflix Review: Jessica Jones (2015)

Starring:  Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville, David Tennant, Carrie-Anne Moss, Wil Traval, Susie Abromeit, Mike Colter, Erin Moriarty
IMDb synopsis: A former super-hero decides to reboot her life by becoming a private investigator.

My verdict: Now, I must be honest and say that I only really started to watch Jessica Jones because I fancy David Tennant. I would watch that man read the phonebook to me, hour upon hour, if that was possible. Michelle and I usually watch Netflix series episodes during dinner (one episode a night), and this is what we intended with Jessica Jones. We settled down to watch episode one on Tuesday night, with the belief that we’d only watch one episode. Wrong. We went to bed at 12:30am after binge watching the first six episodes. Then we had a conundrum on Wednesday night as there were seven episodes left to watch. Should we watch four on Wednesday and three on Thursday? Five and two? We did neither. We binge watched all seven and went to bed very late. Were the late nights worth it? Yes, totally! I felt truly bereft at work on Thursday as I had run out of episodes, which meant no more David Tennant, though I did get my DT fix by watching him hosting the Doctor Who special of Never Mind The Buzzcocks on YouTube…

I’ve never really been into Marvel; not the comics, not the films. So, I was going into this with no super-hero background knowledge. It didn’t matter, as even though it is a Marvel show, my lack of knowledge didn’t detract from the show.

* Krysten Ritter plays Jessica Jones, a former super-hero who is now a private detective, trailing cheating husbands and wives around New York City. All she’s trying to do is get rent money and move on with her life, but her past keeps coming back to haunt her.
* Rachael Taylor plays her best friend Trish Walker, a former child actor and now talk show radio host.
* Jessica has an apartment in the same block as drug addict Malcolm Ducasse, played by Eka Darville, who she takes care of a lot, but later in the series, the tables turn and he ends up looking after her.
* David Tennant is wonderfully brilliant as Kilgrave, someone Jessica is trying to avoid who is back from her past.
* Jeri Hogarth is a lawyer who supplies Jessica with her detecting jobs, played by Carrie-Anne Moss who I must admit I haven’t seen since The Matrix (I know she’s done loads of films since!).
* Wil Traval plays Will Simpson, a NYPD sergeant who stumbles into Jessica’s life after being sent to kill her best friend Trish.
* Susie Abromeit plays Pam who is Jeri’s assistant and also lover, even though Jeri is married. Tut tut.
* Mike Colter plays Luke Cage, who has some pretty amazing super-hero skills of his own.
* Hope Shlottman, played by Erin Moriarty, is someone Jessica has been tasked with locating after she goes missing.

I don’t really want to give too much away about the plot, so I won’t, but I have to say this: Jessica Jones is brilliant! It’s one show where all of the characters are interesting, and even though there are main characters, you care about all of them equally. I was genuinely sad when it ended and I really hope that there’s a second season 🙂

Rating: 5 glorious stars out of 5