Finished S1 of Jessica Jones earlier. Alongside Daredevil (which aired earlier this year) and Luke Cage (which airs in 2016) it is the Marvel Cinemtic Universes latest foray into TV this time on Netflix. The aim is these three shows (and possibly Iron Fist sometime in 2016 but this my be a film) will build to a limited mini-series entitled The Defenders.
Like Daredevil, Jessica Jones is a street-level superhero. So unlike the main MCU these are more focused stories featuring characters that are maybe not as superpowered as the likes of the Hulk or Thor. Also unlike the main MCU these stories are aimed for a more adult audience, they are a lot darker, more gritty storylines and feature themes such as abuse, torture, extreme violence and rape.
Jessica Jones, whilst following the same themes as Daredevil, is a much darker tale. Jessica is an emotionally damaged character who fills her days delving into the sordid underbelly of New Yorks Hells Kitchen as a Private Eye and her nights drinking heavily. Then during what appears to be just a missing persons case she learns that a man from her past - the man who caused her to be the emotionally damaged person she is now - has returned and seems intent on carrying on where she and he finished.
This is not such an action orientated show as Daredevil, yes there is action and most of it graphic, but this show has a more complex plot and the main story involving Jessica and Kilgrave is very dark and uncomfortable viewing at times. Unfortunately the complex plot does hinder the flow at times, there do seem to be too many subplots which could have been tied up in quick but ran on for several episodes. Jessica herself is a difficult character to like. She is abrasive, abusive and refuses to accept anyones help or even if anyone can help even when they are obviously well equipped to do so.
On the whole this is a great addition to the MCU and a worthy companion piece to Daredevil. It is not an easy watch and I'm sure a lot of people will be uncomfortable by some of the topics covered. I look forwards to next years Luke Cage, if his portrayal in several episodes is anything to go buy I anticipate that show will be explosive.