Monday, October 26, 2015

What is a Jessica Jones?

Oh F**K this is going to be creepy as Hell.

.... Ahem. Anyway. I wanted to get around to doing this one now that we actually have a full trailer, not just bits and pieces scattered all over the universe.  There are possible spoilers ahead -- spoilers for the comics, anyway, not sure about the tv show.

So, in Marvel Comics earlier this century, they had a Marvel "Max" line -- mature content. No nudity, but certainly rated R ... well, R-ish ... especially around language. One of the headline titles was Alias -- no, nothing to do with the TV show of the same name with Jennifer Garner (how's that for 6 degrees of Marvel?).

Anyway, Alias focused around, surprise, Jessica Jones, a former superhero who was now a PI. She's a drunk, she's self-destructive, in a meaningless "purely physical" relationship with another hero, Luke Cage, just so she can feel something, (in quotes because they end up married with a kid by the end, if I recall correctly), and she's a borderline basket case.

In short, she's the poster girl for PTSD. What happened? What could destroy a superhero?

Enter, Zebediah Kilgrave, aka The Purple Man...

No, it's not the dumbest villain name in comic books -- I think that belongs to the Condiment King (yes, really) -- but Kilgrave has two characteristics. 1) Yes, he's purple. 2) He has mind control powers.

And, as you probably noticed in the trailer, Purple Man's favorite trick is telling other people to kill themselves. Originally a Daredevil villain, Kilgrave makes Hannibal Lecter look downright charming and friendly.

And when she was a superhero, Jessica Jones was held captive by Kilgrave for over six months. Because he was having "fun."

And that's how the comic book opened. With the full-blown PTSD aftermath.

So, if you were casting someone who could kill you by talking to you, who would you pick? Every time I asked someone this question, I was told "Vincent D'Onofrio." However, he's playing the Kingpin.

So, who else? Who?

Who indeed?

Yes, that's right, David Tennant, possibly everyone's favorite Doctor, will be playing Kilgrave. You might have noticed him in the trailer in a brief flash, or just heard his voice and went "I know him!"
And no, they're not making him purple. In fact, I don't even think they gave him directions. They just told him "Here are your lines, now make Hannibal Lecter look like a pansy."

Mission accomplished.

As much as I liked Tom Hiddleston as Loki, I think Tennant is going to be the most terrifying on-screen Marvel villain ever.

But hey, psychological trauma, deeply damaged, full PTSD, but she still has witty banter and kicks ass. I await Tor dismissing her as an SFC.

Why, yes, I am still pissed off at that. Why do you ask?


  1. If we can connect connect Jessica Jones to the Guardians of the Galaxy's "Footloose" references, we might have our six degrees.

  2. I've seen him in non-Doctor roles on BBCAmerica shows and he pulls off creepy *very* well. Subtle and intense. I also remember his daughter showing up in New Mutants back in the day. She actually turned purple after becoming a teen. Her mom had told her her dad was dead. In fact, he was the Purple Man who had forced her mom into sleeping with him.

  3. Purple Man's daughter, I mean, not Tennant's.

  4. Hey... where's your full review of this show already? (I admit, I tried but found it too dark and Killgrave too scary to bother finishing.)

    1. I haven't had an opportunity to start it. Time has been at a premium lately. Though I was hoping to start it this weekend.


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