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Jessica Jones Season 1 Blu-ray Review

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“Jessica Jones” is a weighty, but frustrating series.

Based on the comic book series “Alias” by Brian Michael Bendis, “Jessica Jones” is the second Marvel Netflix series that was released. In the 13 episode first season, viewers are introduced to the titular character who is a former superhero turned hard drinking private detective who has her own business dubbed Alias Investigations. The central plot finds Jessica searching for a missing daughter (Hope) that leads her down a path where she gets mixed up with someone from her dark past. That someone is the mind controlling Kilgrave AKA The Purple Man. There are other key subplots that involve Jessica’s adoptive talk show host sister Trish, romances, a shady NYPD sergeant, a neighbor/friend (Malcolm), an attorney (Jeri) who helps out Jessica and vice versa, and Luke Cage and his past.

Upon release, “Jessica Jones” received praise from critics and the public alike. It’s not hard to see why as the sophisticated series intelligently deals with heavy adult subject matters such as rape, PTSD, abuse, stalking and control. The series also separates itself from other comic book shows in that it’s a dark and disturbing noir story at its heart. Yes, there are superpowers in this show, but it’s by no means a central focus. It’s a detective story and a character driven story in the superhero universe.

Of course, the show is also strengthened by the central members. Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones is simply perfect casting. Jones herself is a very layered character in that she can be a sarcastic jerk but she’s also good at heart. David Tennant may be most well known as the 10th Doctor but he sheds that persona entirely as the scary Kilgrave. Another one of the best parts of this series is Mike Colter as Luke Cage who made his debut appearance in this show prior to his titular series.

As admirable as the series is, it is not without flaws. At 13 episodes, the show suffers from being a bit too singular. It’s clear that it is leading to something inevitable, but in getting to the point, the plot goes in circles a bit. It can be a bit maddening to watch as Jessica could have easily dealt with Kilgrave sooner. Additionally, some of the subplots are a downright bore. Anything involving Jeri’s romantic troubles and the neighbors Ruben and Robyn dragged the show down.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? To no surprise, the show has never looked better.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A stellar track that does the job.

No extras have been included.

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August 26, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

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