Finally, Jessica Jones season two arrived! If you think that I watched the whole season in a week and a half, you are absolutely right.
As you can see from previous posts, I loved season one. That gave season two a lot to live up to. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite do that. Part of this was the villain, part of this was the filler episodes, but the biggest reason was the characters. Those that should have been unlikable were portrayed sympathetically, while those that should have been sympathetic weren’t super likable. The roles of the characters were off.
Take Jeri Hogarth. She was extremely unlikable in the first season, and it fit her role wonderfully. But in this season, she’s portrayed in a sympathetic light, which misses much of her draw. And then there’s Malcolm. I saw him as the most morally grounded in the show, but now his flaws are stacking up.
So I’m watching The Punisher, and I just love what Marvel is doing with its Netflix shows. Even though not every series has been top-notch, I really appreciate what this part of Marvel brings to the universe.
And it all started with Daredevil.
Daredevil created a subset in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that is far more serious, more artistic, more complex, and more violent than its large-screen counterparts. This ages the MCU, growing the universe right alongside many of its fans and keeping it relevant through different stages in life.
Stranger Things 2 guys. It’s here. And it’s… over, if you’re like me and have finished it (which I would assume so since you’re online and not hunkered down avoiding spoilers at all costs).
I was super impressed by this second season. There were so many plotlines to juggle, but it was all done so well. The world and the cast grew and expanded naturally, while still staying true to what people loved about the first season. There were three specific ways I noticed that they did this. Here’s how you can learn to plot like Stranger Things 2!
This post will be less of a lesson and more of a reflection or analysis. I wrote specifically about the theme of personal responsibility earlier, and this post will cover more topics.
What most struck me most about Jessica Jones is the focus given to its themes. Most superhero shows do have a point that, say, killing is wrong, or that compassion is important, but I’ve never seen the themes explored as deeply as this show explores them.
This post will be less of a lesson and more of a reflection or analysis. Contains spoilers.
Jessica Jones wins the prize for the most thematically focused tv show I’ve ever seen. Throw in movies, and it’s near the top. Hey, add books to the mix, and this superhero Netflix show is still in the running.
You wouldn’t expect that if you knew what Jessica was like. She’s hard-drinking, bad-tempered, and terribly selfish at times. But above all else, Jessica Jones emphasizes personal responsibility.
The game is afoot! Unfortunately, the game stumbled a bit. (Spoilers ahead)
When I hear a new superhero TV series is announced, I think, “Oh cool! I really hope this focuses on the hero’s tender feelings, explores his romantic relationships deeper than the comics, and spends hours angsting over whether he can be with his girlfriend.”
My reaction is more like:
“Is this a kissing