I'm more of a DC girl than Marvel, but I saw Jessica Jones in my Netflix queue, read the synopsis, and it sounded like a show I might like. I've always loved dark, gritty dramas. Add in a touch of the superhero, and you've got me. So I gave it a shot. I made it through episode 7, struggling a bit with each one. But that is the episode that ended the show for me.
SPOILER ALERT! IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED THIS SHOW OR HAVEN'T GOTTEN THIS FAR, STEP AWAY NOW.
For seven episodes, Jessica's fear for Kilgrave was palpable. She didn't want to be anywhere near this villain, and who could blame her? The guy could control minds, and because of him, she'd killed Luke's wife. He'd made her a murderer. So I completely understood her terror. I mean, the guy is nuttier than a Snickers bar.
He bought her old home and prepared it for her before professing his love for her in the middle of the police station. Jessica told him how deranged he was, and as I was watching, I was nodding my head in agreement, thinking "you need to get as far away from this psycho as possible."
Jessica's plan to catch Kilgrave failed, and he let her walk away. She left the police station without him. So I'm totally expecting her to come up with another plan. Instead, she retreats to her office/apartment to find the "gift" Kilgrave left for her—a memento from the time he controlled her. Yet another way he was toying with her like a cat plays with a ball of string. So Jessica's next move totally flummoxed me.
SHE WENT TO KILGRAVE'S HOUSE WILLINGLY! WHAT WERE THE WRITERS THINKING?
Now correct me if I'm wrong, but if you're terrified of someone, wouldn't you do your best to keep your distance? He controlled her mind, and knowing he still had that capability, Jessica goes right back to him because...why?
I understand that some superheroes go into battle willingly. They put their life on the line to save others, but I didn't see this as that type of a sacrifice. Maybe because the way it was written gave Jessica more of a defeatist attitude.
I don't know what happened after Jessica went to Kilgrave because I have not watched another episode. It simply did not make sense to me that she would put herself in the hands of a killer, a man who'd controlled her and her friends, who'd almost gotten her best friend killed.
In every television show I watch, the characters tend to avoid the serial killers. I understand Jessica has strength, but she is helpless against mind control. How do you have a plan to take someone down when all they have to do is tell you to stop?
I wanted to like Jessica Jones, and I did like her character. I liked the moodiness of the show, but, at times, the plot seemed a bit repetitive. Still, I had intended to finish the season because I usually don't give up on shows unless they are horrible. Jessica Jones isn't. But the writers lost me when they changed a strong, independent superhero into a defeated woman who voluntarily gives herself over to her enemy.