Flipping the Script on ‘Thor: The Dark World’

Welcome to “Flipping the Script,” a monthly column where I will reconsider recent films that have been panned, frowned upon, or simply under appreciated. I believe that movies should speak to us on a deep, personal level, and this column will consist of films that have done that for me despite widespread derision or apathy. Join me on my noble quest for cinematic redemption!

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TV Seen of the Week – ‘Jessica Jones’ (Netflix)

Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones is the second in a series of Marvel Cinematic Universe shows that will air on Netflix. The 13 hour-long episodes, based on the Marvel comic Alias, will be released simultaneously on November 20th.

Jessica Jones tells the dark tale of a damaged former superhero who opens her own detective agency after the end of her career.  Don’t expect a lot of super heroics in this series though, Jessica Jones is a noir drama, more gritty Veronica Mars than Black Widow.  Jessica suffers with PTSD, and the themes of trauma and abuse are tightly wound throughout the series. 

The series stars Krysten Ritter, best for her role as Chloe in Don’t Trust the B—— in Apartment 23, and as Jesse’s girlfriend Jane in Breaking Bad.  The series protagonist, Kilgrave, is played by David Tennant, best known as Doctor Who’s tenth doctor, and Luke Cage (aka Power Man), is played by Mike Colter.

Netflix has carved out a successful collaborative relationship with Marvel, as Jessica Jones follows the critically acclaimed Daredevil, and will be followed by Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and finally Marvel’s Defenders miniseries, where all of the aforementioned characters will team up.  Disney CEO Bob Iger stated that if the characters prove popular on Netflix, as Daredevil certainly has, then “It’s quite possible that they could become feature films.”

An early screening of Jessica Jones at New York Comic Con was met with a very positive response, and early reviews for the series have been overwhelmingly favorable. 

The show was initially developed for ABC television, which hosts Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel’s Agent Carter. 

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