For years now, Marvel has been killing it at the big screen box office. From the beginning of the MCU with Iron Man in 2008, Marvel have been churning out hit after hit with titles crossing over with each other and forming the first truly cinematic universe. So, with their big screen films going strong, it only made sense that they would now try for the small screen. Although Marvel have had shows on TV with moderate success like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., they really haven’t cracked that same magic combination as their big screen counterparts. Until Marvel teamed up with Netflix in 2015 with Daredevil: Season One. The show was a huge success and set off a new and separate MCU on Netflix that was soon joined by Jessica Jones: Season One, Luke Cage: Season One and Iron Fist: Season One. And just this summer all those shows joined up for The Defenders: Season One, soon to be followed by Punisher: Season One this year and new seasons for all the shows in the coming two years. The newest releases to hit Blu-ray for us rabid fans are Daredevil: Season Two and Jessica Jones: Season One.
Daredevil: Season Two picks up after the events of Season One with Matt Murdoch (Charlie Cox) and Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) taking on a high profile case while a new threat emerges in Hell’s Kitchen by the name of The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) and the arrival of a major person from Murdoch’s past. With Matt trying to balance his career and his gig as Daredevil, the firm struggles to stay afloat as do Matt’s relationships.
Daredevil: Season Two manages to do something very rare, it outperforms the first season in pretty much every way. Every actor takes their character to a new level, Daredevil, finally sporting his proper suit, kicks absolute ass every time he gets in a fight with some of the best fight choreography on the big or small screen, Jon Bernthal hits it out of the park as Punisher delivering one of the darkest and most conflicted characters in any MCU, and the story progression is top notch and well written. With the Punisher series coming up as well as Daredevil: Season Three, there is now a very high bar set.
Jessica Jones: Season One tells the story of private investigator Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter). After a brief and tragic stint as a superhero, Jones is rebuilding her life as an investigator in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Plagued by PTSD from her encounters with a deadly man named Kilgrave (David Tennant), Jones struggles just to get through each day until she learns that Kilgrave may not be dead after all. Now she must not only use her keen investigative skills but her incredible powers to find out if Kilgrave is in fact alive and after her as well as find a way to stop him once and for all.
Jessica Jones: Season One is a superhero show the likes of which I have never seen before. It is dark, brooding, noir-ish, funny, touching, disturbing and wholly entertaining. Ritter nails the character of Jones with a street smart authenticity and a constant look on her face of someone who has seen the very worst life has to offer. The story is brilliantly written, the action intense, and the scenes between Ritter and Tennant are the stuff of legend. If you are looking for something different in your superhero stories, look no further than Jessica Jones: Season One.