Marvel’s Jessica JonesLatest News and Opinion
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 10:02PM EDT
Watching Jessica Jones is like being in an insomniac support group
The Netflix series has an appeal for insomniacs, says Matt Brennan. "If sleeplessness is as deep in your sinews as it is in mine, in fact, Jessica Jones might be comfortingly familiar," he says. "Its near-silences and fugue states are those of the sheep-counter and the infomercial-watcher, the last-call loner and the midnight flâneur, the obsessive, the worrywart, the livewire, the night owl. The series comes to resemble the Season One meetings held by survivors of its supervillain’s mind control: It’s an insomniac support group, attuned to the frustrations and consolations of being awake. For most TV characters—for most people—a sleepless night is tantamount to torture. For Jessica Jones, though—for nighthawks like me—it can also be seductive." ALSO: What Jessica Jones understands about female rage.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
Jessica Jones creator explains the Season 2 finale
Melissa Rosenberg says of Season 2: "It was really designed differently from season 1, like a 13-hour movie, you know? Every piece builds on the other, and it gains momentum. It’s not a repeat of season 1. The characters are definitely coming off of season 1 but it’s its own animal, and I hope every season will be its own animal."
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
Why are TV detectives always sad?
"If the premise of a TV show is that a detective searches for justice, it follows that the detective will be almost unbearably sad," says Kathryn VanArendonk. "Her ability to do her job will occasionally be hindered by her alcoholism, or her post-traumatic stress, or her grief. A scene depicting professional competence will come hand in hand with a scene where the detective walks into his sad lonely apartment and eats out of a can while hunched on a mattress sitting on the floor. Searches for social justice are fueled by the need for personal vengeance. It’s so common, it’s now difficult to even imagine a happy detective."
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 7:02AM EST
Is Jessica Jones the perfect superheroine for the #MeToo era?
Jessica Jones is able to tap into the #MeToo and Time's Up zeitgeist in a way that even a female empowerment movie like Wonder Woman couldn't, says Ira Madison III. "The season wrapped shooting well before #MeToo had its moment, yet it fits within the ethos that helped create #MeToo," he says. "After the relative bliss of the Obama era and the idea that Hillary Clinton was on the horizon, a story like Jessica Jones may have resonated with only some part of the audience. But now, over a year later, women are fed up, angry, and well, over it. Jessica Jones feels like the culmination of that moment condensed into one television season." Jessica Jones creator Melissa Rosenberg hired only female directors for Season 2, and says of the timing: "This season, for me, is very personal. Borrowing from my own life or from the writers’ lives, it was really just coming from that. It wasn’t in any way trying to make any kind of statement."
- Season 2 is a potent exploration of female rage
- Jessica Jones is darker, edgier and more difficult in Season 2
- Why calling Jessica Jones a superhero is problematic
- Season 2 never finds the narrative depth that made Season 1 so compelling
- Season 2 lives up to its expectations, but it begins with a slog due to the lower stakes
- Melissa Rosenberg: "We were writing the second season during the whole Trump/Hillary election, and I was just so angry"
- Krysten Ritter on the #MeToo movement: "When all of that started coming out, we were all texting each other: 'Holy sh*t. We're doing this on our show"
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 12:17PM EST
To honor International Women's Day, MTV turns into "WTV" and Freeform is bleeping out the word "sorry"
Like McDonald's, MTV is flipping over its "M" to a "W" to celebrate women on this international holiday, while Freeform will carry a #NotSorry "meter" to count every time it bleeps a woman saying "sorry" throughout the day. CMT will celebrate with its first-ever "female music takeover," and Hulu is highlighting female-centric content on its homepage. Netflix, meanwhile, dropped Season 2 of Jessica Jones this morning in honor of International Women's Day, and after it midnight it will unveil David Letterman's interview with women's rights activist Malala Yousafzai on his talk show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.
Posted Tuesday 2/20/18 at 9:05PM EST
Jessica Jones' new Season 2 trailer looks like it's promoting Season 1
Is the new Netflix promo the product of "lazy trailer cutting"?
Posted Wednesday 2/07/18 at 2:44PM EST
Netflix unveils a full-length Jessica Jones Season 2 trailer
Season 2 of the Marvel series, dropping on March 8, focuses on Krysten Ritter’s character exploring the cause of her family’s death.
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 5:21PM EST
Janet McTeer will be a series regular on two Netflix shows: Ozark and Jessica Jones
The actress will pull double duty, joining the cast of Ozark as a potential threat to the Byrde family, in addition to her previously announced role on Jessica Jones.
Posted Monday 12/11/17 at 9:04AM EST
Jessica Jones reveals its Season 2 premiere date in Spider Man-mocking teaser
The Krysten Ritter Marvel series returns to Netflix on March 8.
Posted Saturday 11/11/17 at 3:34AM EST
Krysten Ritter doesn’t read on the Jessica Jones set, but she does knit
Ritter, the author of the new thriller Bonfire, says when asked about her reading habits: “I get to be fully immersed all day every day and it is crazy exciting! But it’s not a reading environment. On set, if anything, I’ll knit because it’s mechanical, a meditation and doesn’t pull focus from the work. In terms of how I read, I am hard copy all the way.”
Posted Monday 11/06/17 at 10:48PM EST
Read an excerpt from Krysten Ritter’s debut novel
The Jessica Jones star is making her literary debut with the psychological thriller Bonfire.