'Jessica Jones' Is The New Netflix Series, & Viewer Reactions Are Mixed
On Friday Netflix premiered its newest original series, Jessica Jones, the first on-screen adaptation of the lesser-known Marvel superhero on Friday. The Netflix original series tells the story of the titular Jessica Jones, a former superhero turned private detective. She's played by a very brooding Krysten Ritter, whom you may recognize from her role as Jesse Pinkman's girlfriend on Breaking Bad or as the party girl Chloe from ABC's short-lived comedy, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. She's joined by actor Mike Colter as Luke Cage, Jessica's sometimes on-again-off-again lover and partner in fighting crime. Jessica spars off with Kilgrave, played by the ever-dashing David Tennant (of Doctor Who fame), a menacing force from her past with creepy mind-control powers.
Critics are loving Ritter's PTSD-affected portrayal and the show's particularly dark themes: the first season of the show has tackled everything from PTSD and trauma survival to the first realistic telling of an abortion story on TV. Netflix has also been praised for its commitment to giving female protagonists the television spotlight (think Orange is the New Black), and, in a field so frequently crowded with male superheroes in capes and tights, it's a nice chance of pace to have an empowered woman wearing practical clothes and sensible footwear at the helm of a superhero tale for once.
While Jessica Jones currently has an 81% positive rating on Metacritic, fan reactions have been mixed since Friday's premiere. The consensus seems to be you either love Jessica Jones or you hate her, with very little middle room in between. On the one hand, you have tweets like this:
jessica jones is like veronica mars on steroids and i've never felt more loved by the universe as a whole— tess mcgeer (@tessmcgeer) November 21, 2015
On the other hand, you'll find a less enthusiastic response:
Is part of the reason everyone likes Jessica Jones that it's a terrible show or am I missing something?— Tyler Mahan Coe (@TylerMahanCoe) November 21, 2015
Wondering what Jessica Jones' special ability is? Boring her audience.— Mic (@zzgelo) November 21, 2015
But then again:
"jessica jones is boring af" ARE WE EVEN WATCHING THE SAME SHOW— kat (@ssstaron) November 21, 2015
Don't sweat all the hate, Jessica. We still love you and we can't wait for Season 2.
Man this Jessica jones show is badass— Tony B (@Tbarg37) November 21, 2015
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