Jessica Jones is the newest installment in Marvel’s Defenders series, following on from the hugely successful first season of Daredevil. Staying put in New York City’s dark and dangerous Hell’s Kitchen, Jessica Jones is a hard-boiled noir with a heroine who possesses superhuman strength and detective skills to boot.
Return To Hell’s Kitchen
Despite Matt Murdock’s best efforts, post-Avengers Hell’s Kitchen is very far from what it was prior to The Battle of New York. Not that any of that bothers the show’s title character (Krysten Ritter), a private investigator with a crime fighting past, who, ever since her short-lived stint as a superhero ended in tragedy, has been rebuilding her personal life and career as a hot-tempered, sardonic detective for hire. Plagued by self-loathing and a hefty case of PTSD, Jessica battles demons from within and without, using her extraordinary abilities as an unlikely champion for those in need. As the parameters of her character and superhuman strength are revealed, we discover that not only is she complex, flawed and vulnerable, but she can lift a car with no discernible effort, fight crime, and throw back a whiskey or three when needed. She’s tasked, over the show’s 13-episode arc, to go up against the villainous maniac Kilgrave, a.k.a. the Purple Man (David Tennant), whose pheromone-aided mind control powers have the ability to subdue and enslave.
Executing Visual Effects
Shade’s New York studio worked from start to finish on Jessica Jones, completing visual effects on over 600 shots. On-set FX Supervisor Karl Coyner and Producer Julie Long worked closely with the cast and crew to execute stunts, set extensions, explosions, wetwork and fire sequences to propel the action and character drama.
Jessica Jones is action-packed and raises the stakes in terms of the gritty, adult vantage rooted in Daredevil. Trust, power and control are the show’s most dominant themes, and invisible VFX are once again the showpiece, helping to push forward the darker elements the series has been making headlines over. Jessica Jones serves up plenty of heart, pain and wisecracks, as well as elements of Luke Cage’s origin story in the lead up to the next chapter in the Defenders franchise.
The full, 13-episode first season of Jessica Jones are out now on Netflix.