Now Geek This! Jessica Jones Review, And Trailers, Trailers, Trailers!

nowgeekthisJessica Jones is the latest show to come from the collaboration between Marvel Studios and Netflix.  As a Netflix show, all thirteen episodes of the first season of Jessica Jones were released on November 20th, and are currently available for viewing.  Jessica Jones stars Krysten Ritter in the titular roll, and co-stars Rachel Taylor, and Carrie-Anne Moss, with David Tennant playing the role of the main villain Killgrave, aka The Purple Man, in the series.  Jessica Jones also introduces Mike Colter as Luke Cage, a character who will also be getting his own Netflix show next year.Jessica Jones is based on a Marvel comic titled Alias that was first published back in 2001.  Alias was a comic that helped to introduce Marvel’s mature line of comics, known as the Max line of comics, and the show Jessica Jones is definitely a show geared more towards a mature audience.  Jessica Jones holds nothing back when it comes to mature themes, and is not the type of show you would expect from the typical superhero or comic related entertainment.  Jessica Jones is a realistic, gritty show that is not afraid to show the uglier side of the Marvel Universe, and that is a very good thing.

Krysten Ritter is perfect in the role of Jessica Jones, a private investigator with superpowers who briefly dabbled in the superhero game.  Jones is raw, angry, and full of attitude, and Ritter pulls all of those qualities off superbly.  Jessica Jones is a nuanced character with a sorted past who is extremely well written.  You begin the show thinking that Jones is just a sour, generally unpleasant human being, but quickly learn as the episodes unfold that she is full of depth.  The supporting characters in Jessica Jones are all just as well written, making it very easy to care about each member of the supporting cast.

As the icing on the cake, David Tennant is amazing as the villain Killgrave, a slimy scumbag with the ability to control and manipulate people’s minds.  Killgrave is a vile excuse for a human being who uses his abilities to serve his every want and desire, and is a perfect interpretation of what it would be like for someone with warped morals to have such a dangerous power.  Tennant is perhaps best known for his beloved role as one of the incarnations of the Doctor on Doctor Who, but his role as Killgrave will quickly make you forget about the Doctor as the two characters are undoubtedly complete opposites.  Watching Tennant in his role as a supreme manipulator is both fun, and disturbing all at the same time.

Another thing I really love about Jessica Jones is the fact that it is deeply rooted in the Marvel  universe, and is chock full of references that any Marvel fan will love.  The appearance of Luke Cage is the most obvious tidbit, but that is certainly no surprise as Marvel and Netflix made it no secret that Cage would be introduced in Jessica Jones, and would then be moving on to his own show.  Besides the Luke Cage connection, we also find Marvel goodies in the supporting cast of the show.  Take, for example, Jones’ best friend Trish Walker, short for Patricia, who is known in Marvel Comics by her other nickname, Patsy, aka the superhero Hellcat.  Trish’s boyfriend, a cop who was manipulated by Killgrave, is known in the comics as the character Nuke.  There are many more Easter Eggs in Jessica Jones as well, but I will leave it to you to discover those for yourself.

One of the best things about Marvel Studios is the fact that every movie and television show that they produce not only involves a different character, but each one seems to be a different genre of story as well.  Captain America: Winter Soldier was a great spy/politcal thriller, Ant-Man was a fantastic heist/comedic film, Guardians of the Galaxy was an epic Space Opera, and Jessica Jones is a gritty, street level story about a former superhero turned private investigator who had her life torn apart by a mind controlling villain.  Jessica is plagued by the mental scars of her ordeal with Killgrave, and her life is torn apart as a result.  Jessica Jones is a true entertainment masterpiece that I think will appeal not just to fans of superheroes and comic books, but also to those who are just fans of excellent and well produced stories.  I highly recommend you watch this fantastic Netflix show as soon as possible.  All episodes of Jessica Jones, season one are currently available on Netflix for your enjoyment.

Trailers!

There has been a bombardment of trailers recently for geek related movies coming out next year.  Some of those trailers have been exciting, others, not so much.  I will give you a brief review of three of those trailers here.

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

 I have such mixed feelings about this movie.  After Man of Steel, I was not excited about this film at all.  Then, the first trailer was released featuring some really good action and excitement, and I got a good feeling about the movie at last.  Now, with the release of this new trailer, we learn more about the story behind the film, as well as getting some scenes with more dialogue, and I am back to worrying about this movie.  The dialogue I heard in this trailer did not fill me with confidence at all.  I found the dialogue more annoying than interesting.  Also, once again, I have to say that I do NOT like Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luther at all.  I am not a fan of his in general, and seeing him in this trailer makes me like him even less.  Luthor’s dialogue is the worst offender of all, and Eisenberg’s performance seems to be too far over the top for a character like Lex Luthor.  The action in the trailer was still good, but I don’t know if it will be enough to make me enjoy this movie.  As far as Doomsday goes……I’m not sure how I feel about the glimpse we saw of that character, but I know it did not fill me with confidence.  But, at least we got to see a second or two more of Wonder Woman in the trailer.  That’s pretty cool, right?  I guess.

X-Men: Apocalypse

Now, the X-Men trailer, on the other hand, succeeded in filling me with excitement.  After Days of Future Past, which I loved, I am so ready for another great X-Men film, and a movie featuring the villain Apocalypse is perfect.  It looks like the filmmakers did an excellent job bringing Apocalypse into the X-Men movie universe, and it was so great to see the other mutants like Cyclops, Storm, and Archangel that will be joining as well.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

What can I say about TMNT 2 really?  It’s another Michael Bay movie, so, if you like his movies, which I do not, then you will probably like this one.  It is naturally full of loud explosions, lame dialogue, and ridiculous action.  If you liked the first TMNT movie, which I did not particularly, then you will probably like this one.  Overall, I found the trailer underwhelming, though it was good to see that they are bringing some classic characters like Casey Jones, Bebop, Rocksteady, and Baxter Stockmen.  The only other thing I liked about the trailer was hearing Tricky by Run-DMC, even if it was a remix.

That’s all for this edition of Now Geek This!  Tune in next time for our next exciting adventure.

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