Welcome, True Believers to the commentary on the first episode of Marvel’s Jessica Jones.
The first thing I noticed was that Jessica Jones is a co-production between Marvel Television and Netflix, which I don’t recall during Daredevil’s credits.
The second is the music, by Sean Callery, gives the series a very noir feel and is vaguely reminiscent of the soundtrack of Anatomy Of A Murder by Duke Ellington (in terms of feel).
Which is a HUGE complement.
Supposedly Kristen Ritter was in Breaking Bad, though I don’t recall her, though here she’s unforgettable.
Ritter brings a vulnerability, a brokenness to the role that she hides behind a facade of arrogance and cockiness.
Though she’s afraid–and with good reason– because she’s faced Kilgrave before, and knows what he can do. Sight unseen, he haunts her, which she drinks to deal with.
It’s worth mentioning that Marvel Studios features are often criticized on the strength of their villains. While some of it is justified, a lot of it is just hyperbole.
That being said, there are few villains that approach the creepiness and subtlety of Kilgrave (David Tennant).
He hasn’t even been properly introduced, but the menace and ruthlessness he exudes through the lives he’s touched is devastating.