Jessica Jones Episode 1 Review

All thirteen episodes of Marvel and Netflix’s venture Jessica Jones are now live. In case you have to wait to start your binge watching, and we’re truly sorry you do, here is a no-holds-barred review of the first episode.

From the moment the artwork hits the screen viewers know that Jessica Jones is far from Daredevil, but let me tell you that isn’t a bad thing. With the voice overs and bluntness of Jessica, the episode is right in line with the Alias comics created by Brian Bendis and Micahel Gaydos. No, Jessica isn’t your normal ex-superhero hiding in the wings. Rather, she just is. Unconcerned about hiding who she is, Jessica uses her special abilities to aid in her private eye job through less-than-approved means, whether that is hurting someone, dressing up in a manner that makes her sick, or preventing someone from getting away by using her power to pick his car up. Even if others are weary of it, she gets the job done.

It is apparent from the first few minutes, though, that the tale of Jessica Jones is going to be far from a superhero romance. Jessica clearly has issues, as she has to ground herself or desensitize her emotions through the use of alcohol. Anything to keep her internal demons at bay. Or in Jessica’s case, memories of what was done to her by Killgrave.

One thing that is clear is Jessica is a hot mess. Following someone for attraction rather than work – that’s how Luke Cage is introduced. Jessica creeps outside his bar before finally wandering inside. Even sex with Jessica Jones isn’t humorless; as she begs for Luke to go harder he has to pause and warn her that he doesn’t want to break her even if the bed can take it.

Suddenly, Jessica’s current life collides with her past as a new client comes to her door, begging for help to find their daughter. As Jessica starts to work her new case she has no clue what awaits her, searching the missing girl’s apartment for clues, tracking down her most-visited places. It is through this that Jessica realizes how much danger she is in; this case hits too close to home, making her believe her worst nightmare is back and Killgrave is after her.

Running home and deciding to run away, Jessica tells the family to leave without their daughter and tries to book the first flight away from the country. When her lack of finances makes that impossible Jessica’s only choice is to turn to friends. Friends she’s estranged from. There is just no winning for her. Jessica has to face the reality of her choices, whether she should stay or run. Thankfully for the city of New York, Jessica decides to fight.

Searching for the missing girl again Jessica goes all out to find her and save her. Unbeknownst to Jessica not everything goes as she planned, and she is in for a rude awakening as to what obstacles her life is about to undergo, thus setting up the next twelve episodes. For Jessica this isn’t just a case, it’s personal. Not only will she have to face her PTSD, but try to protect her friends from the closest thing to pure evil she has ever encountered.