4.5/10 After watching “Daredevil” season 1 and giving it a 7/10, I figured it was time to continue on with the Netflix Marvel TV shows and next up chronologically was the debut season of “Jessica Jones”. While I found a few aspects to admire, this ended up being a disappointing follow up to Netflix/Marvel’s strong start with “Daredevil”. The biggest problem is the character of Jessica Jones herself. Anti-heroes are all well and good but when your lead protagonist is miserable and sulking nearly every second she is onscreen and usually treating others awful, it makes her a hard character to tolerate. I get that she had a rough upbringing and experienced loss so I understand why she is the way she is but that doesn’t make me want to spend any additional time with her since she isn’t allowed more than 10 minutes of happiness before something depressing has to happen so she can resort back to her intolerable self. In addition to our unlikable lead (I’m praying that changes in future seasons), the show has other problems. There are often cheesy lines of dialogue, CGI that doesn’t look realistic, extreme coincidences and/or convenient timing and inconsistencies. Two minor examples would be when Luke Cage is in a fire his shirt gets ripped/soiled so Jessica brings him back to her place. The next morning, he magically has a different, clean, new shirt, despite never having brought one over there. Another example involves Jessica’s best friend/sister Trish and her fancy apartment. To communicate with anyone outside her door, she has to hold down a button to speak to the person on the other side of the door. We see this done in multiple scenes. Yet in another scene, her and Will Simpson are both sitting down back to back against their respective doors, obviously not pushing or holding down any buttons and yet still having a heartfelt conversation back and forth. Little inconsistencies like these may not be extremely noticeable but shows laziness on the part of the creative team behind the show. I also wondered how Jessica, who is employed and making money, lived in the same apartment complex as drug addicts, people with mental disabilities and other unemployed people. How did they pay their rent with no income and why did she live in that building when she had money coming in? The show goes to great lengths to show off how much whiskey Jessica Jones drinks but as someone who drinks a considerable amount myself, drinkers tend to find a brand or two they like and stick with it. Yet Jessica has a new brand of whiskey every time we see her drinking it, almost as if the showrunners/Netflix wanted to insert as much whiskey product placement as possible to maximize their profits, which came off as unrealistic and distracting. The show’s fight scenes were also fine but nothing to blow you away and the final episode’s showdown between Jones and Kilgrave was anti-climactic. As for what worked, despite David Tennant slightly overacting, Kilgrave was an interesting villain. As someone who uses mind control to tell people what to do, the obstacles that brought about and the often gruesome consequences suffered because of him was fascinating and memorable. Working in Luke Cage and a certain nurse who shall remain nameless in the final episode was a fun way to connect to the overarching Netflix/Marvel universe. The pacing of each episode was well done and I enjoyed how New York City felt like a tangible character in the show. Overall, despite showing some promise, Jones ends up being her greatest obstacle in enjoying the show and I hope the writing room was improved for season 2. Time will tell as I make my way through all of these superhero shows (“Daredevil” season 2 is next) but if you are checking out this show for the first time, keep your expectations much lower than the first season of “Daredevil”.

#WhiskeyBusiness / #HellsBitchin / #BigPrivateEyes / #CradleToTheKilgrave / #LukeCageMatch / #SleepingUpWithTheJoneses

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