Marvel and Netflix have done it again and created another perfect binge watching masterpiece. Jessica Jones is the newest Marvel superhero to grace the small screen, and while she was virtually unknown to most viewers I am sure this show has caused a boom in interest in this character. Earlier this year when marvel released Daredevil, they laid out plans to create a small screen connected universe of their lesser known properties. Jessica Jones is the second hero marvel decided to introduce, however I don’t know if Jessica can be considered very heroic in the standard sense of the term. The character of Jessica Jones is known for being a failed super hero who has relegated her life to alcoholism and a private investigation company. While the Netflix show delves deep into her alcoholism, it never shows her as a failed hero, but more as an underachiever who seems to be crumbling under the weight of her own talents. Jessica Jones is a show that is ripe with character development, as it quietly introduced somewhat in depth origin stories of several other lesser known Marvel properties while masterfully explaining what makes Jessica tick. Much like Daredevil, the show is made almost entirely on the sinister nature of the main villain, and the major external antagonist of Jessica Jones is a devious man named Killgrave. Killgrave is a psychotic, sociopathic individual, who has the power to compel others to do anything he wants, however he uses this power almost exclusively to torment Jessica into choosing to be with him. While the Killgrave of the comics was much more sinister than the version on the show, the writers perfectly portrayed how awful this individual’s perception of reality and morality actually is. Jessica Jones is a terrific show, it is a bit raunchy and extremely violent, but that is to be expected in the world of Netflix dramas. Each episode is almost an hour long, but the story flows seamlessly enough that it is easy to find yourself watching two or three episodes at a time. I was actually able to watch the entire season in one weekend, and while I enjoyed the show, I now have to face the realization that season two is going to be an entire year away.
In recent years online streaming services have become a home to the art of “binge watching.” Binge watching involves viewing an entire season of a television show in one sitting. Streaming services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, have found a way to take advantage of this method of watching programs by creating original content and releasing it in blocks of several episodes. The newest program available for viewing online is Marvel’s Daredevil, it is a show based on a comic about a blind superhero who uses his day job as a lawyer in order to get closer to his targets. I have seen the first four episodes, and I am very happy with the writing and acting of the show. I love superhero based dramas, and my favorite superhero movie is The Punisher (2004), the protagonist of The Punisher incidentally happens to be a major antagonist in the Daredevil series, so that piqued my interest in this show a bit more. Marvel’s Daredevil is similar to the punisher in that the hero is a human, who happens to have extraordinary skills, both of these programs involve somewhat realistic people in outlandish situations, figuring out how to escape these situations with human strength or skill, they give a sense of realism to the world of superheroes. Daredevil is an extremely gritty show, with a plenty of violence so I would not recommend it to a child, but for an adult who either loves the comic, or is aware of Daredevil, this show is a must watch. This show does justice to a comic book character that was nearly thrown away after a terrible cinematic release years ago. The Daredevil film of 2003 should be completely disregarded when viewing this version of Daredevil. It seems as though the writers have figured out how to correctly portray one of the more complicated comic book characters, and I am eager to see what they decide to do next with the series.