Jim’s first impressions
The short answer is I think I’m going to like Netflix’s Jessica Jones. I’ve only seen episode one so far, but it held my interest. It was a little slow to start. We get a lot of Jessica skulking around New York fire escapes while everyone in the city has sex in front of a window with the blinds open, but it’s the second half of the episode that gets things going.
The show may be relying a little too much on the hard-boiled detective clichés. I’d struggle to name a single one they’ve missed so far. They also are leaning really hard on the Marvel Max nature of the show. For those who don’t know, Marvel Max was a comic book imprint of Marvel where the titles were for mature audiences. They had more explicit violence, sex, and all the trappings thereof. I’m no prude, but at some point, the show comes off as being like that boy who just hit puberty and brags about having to shave four hairs off his chin. It just feels like the show is trying too hard to be darker than Daredevil.
All that said, I think by the end of the first episode, I had a feel for what the show wanted to be, and it shows a lot of potential.