I should start by saying that in no way am I someone who’s overly into comics or superheroes or even sci-fi, typically, so naturally, Jessica Jones wasn’t immediately at the top of my must watch list. However, when I started hearing all the fuss among friends and coworkers about how I just have to check it out, I figured I’d give it a shot. Well, I’m here to tell you that I was not disappointed. In fact, I was so pleasantly surprised that I watched all 13 episodes – please hold your judgment – over a three-day period. If you still aren’t convinced to tune in, here are a few reasons you need to be watching Jessica Jones.
The cast is super talented
Krysten Ritter plays the perfect anti-hero. She’s sarcastic, intelligent, and super relatable. Plus, she doesn’t run around saving the world in a full face of makeup and heels like so many other female protagonists, because really, why would anyone do that? The female-based cast is dynamic and powerful (another nice change), and the men are equally impressive. As much as I hate Kilgrave, our villain, I can’t help but feel the smallest hint of pity towards him through his “I just want to be loved” act.
You don’t have to be a Marvel expert to enjoy
Like I mentioned earlier, I knew nothing about superheroes or Marvel aside from the few episodes of Daredevil I watched a while back, but that had no effect on my ability to enjoy the show. There are subtle hints to the fact that “regular” people know about the existence of superheroes but aren’t aware of too much else about them. Don’t feel like you have to study up before diving in; the plot is captivating and won’t leave you confused.
There are lots of interesting relationships
Unlike many other action movies and shows, the relationships portrayed in Jessica Jones aren’t just there for the sake of having some romance. Instead, they actually add to the plot and keep the storyline moving along. I definitely found myself rooting for some and hoping for others to fizzle out.
The show tackles real-world problems
It’s true that the issue of accidentally murdering people isn’t a standard problem for most, but there are other real, important problems that the characters have to face. These include addiction, rape, loss of loved ones, divorce, PTSD and abuse, just to name a few. However, all are tactfully approached and aren’t just there for shock value.
The ending is satisfying
There’s nothing that I hate more than investing my time on a show (approximately 13 hours to be exact) only to end up feeling dissatisfied with the ending. I felt like nothing was overly rushed or dragged out, and characters generally got what was coming to them. How could anyone complain about a great show with an equally great conclusion?
The next time you find yourself looking for a new show to binge-watch, look no further than Jessica Jones! We promise you won’t be disappointed.