Saturday, 16 January 2016
Thoughts on Jessica Jones
*CW: abuse, rape
Jessica Jones, the most recent Marvel TV series, is about a woman living in Hell's Kitchen (yes, the same setting as Daredevil), working as a Private Investigator and trying to get to grips with her PTSD.
It's a pretty straightfoward premise for a show, and it starts off in a way you might expect it to, with Jessica getting a new case to investigate; things begin to get complicated when she notices parallels between the disappearance of the girl she's investigating, and events in her own past.
I like that the show didn't take the route is so easily could have, which would have been to use Jessica's flashbacks as a way to show scenes of graphic abuse and be all "look how dark we are, give us credibility!". We actually see very little of Jessica's flashbacks, only enough to know that she has them, and they're traumatic. The writing of the show allows us to piece together what she's been through without showing us much at all.
Jessica Jones not only looks at how rape/abuse effect the individual, but also at how society treats the crime as a whole. Jeri Hogarth, and the general public's, cynicism and disbelief of what Killgrave is capable of is represenetetive of how victim's and rape accusations are treated.
There's also the guilt that Jessica feels for what she did whilst under Killgrave's control. She had no control over what happened, yet she still blames herself, feels there was something she should have done differently. Again, this is also common in victims of sexual assault.
I thought the flashback's to Killgrave's past were handled really well; as a viewer, you find yourself in the difficult position of sympathising with him at times, then realising that you yourself have been lied to.
Overall, I loved Jessica Jones. It's such a cliche to say this when talking about comic book adaptations, but this is so much more than another superhero show. There's so much going on besides "superpowers", I could easily write a short novels worth of words about how I feel about it! I'd recommend it to anyone, regardless of if you're a Marvel fan.