Friday, November 20, 2015

'Jessica Jones' trailer review

Jessica Jones says she's "just trying to make a living" as a private detective. As she points out, "booze costs a lot of money. Usually."

Yup, Jones is a hard drinkin' woman who seems to have lived a hard life. Or is on hard times now in the new Netflix TV series, which premieres today. Judging from the trailer, she's been abused or known plenty of trauma.

"A big part of the job is finding the worst in people. It turns out I'm good at it," Jones says about her private-eye job.

Since she's been subjected to some horrors — as witnessed by the blood on her hands in a possible flashback, she probably is insightful into seeing the bad in others.

(Such experience also taints your once hopeful view of humanity, says this veteran criminal justice reporter. I'm grateful I ended this week writing three features.) 

The big baddie in "Marvel's Jessica Jones" is Kilgrave (better known as the Purple Man in Marvel Comics), who has the ability to control others. In the comics and as seen in the trailer, he uses his pheromones to talk people into doing things — from such simple things as inviting himself inside an apartment to making a woman jump up and down for a very, very long time.

Kilgrave obviously made Jones (Krysten Ritter) commit violent atrocities in the past. He's back, terrorizing the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. Kilgrave has frozen a police station in time with each and every officer and detective brandishing their guns at people near them.

And Kilgrave has been messing with Jones' mind — and possible mental well-being — for years.

"He's always here," Jones says, referring to her head. "Kilgrave leaves behind a trail of broken people."

I bet we'll encounter many broken people in "Jessica Jones" — including the main character. After all, in the ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY review of the series, critic Melissa Maerz says it "reflects an all-too-real world" starring a superhero-turned-P.I. "who feels her powers waning after a tragic incident leaves her with PTSD."

Given Kilgrave's mental abuse of Jones and her tragedy (Could they be related? Are they one and the same?), it's no wonder Jones is a dark character who drinks too much.

"Jessica Jones" also will feature Mike Colter as Luke Cage, who is married to Jones in the comics. My bet is Cage — a man of strong character whom I've come to appreciate in various AVENGERS titles over the years — will be instrumental in Jones finding herself in her post-superhero world and a road to redemption.

Cage will get his own Netflix series in 2016, which undoubtably will lead into an "Iron Fist" series and the crossover "The Defenders."

Regardless of that, Colter's onscreen chemistry with Ritter is vital to the success of both "Jessica Jones" and "Luke Cage." (No pressure, gang!) Maerz says Ritter is "well cast" and personally, the trailer shows she has the acting chops to pull off a complex woman like Jones — a far cry from my only other experience with Ritter in the short-lived ABC comedy "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23."

Much like what Ritter has told the press before she accepted the role, I don't know much about Jones. I was surprised such a C-list character in the Marvel Universe would garner how own series. However, the trailer footage intrigues me about this nourish series featuring a woman who can stop "a slow moving car." Grade: B

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