The differences from Alias are ones I'm going to comment on, though, because that's really the only thing I can contribute which hasn't been dissected to death by hundreds of blogs. Also, a discussion of how I think the show lamed itself by being a bit too obsessed with the Purple Man plot despite how much emotional drama this carried. In the original comic series, Jessica Jones is a retired superhero named Jewel who wasn't very good at the role. After trying very hard to make a difference (but not), she ends up exposing her identity to help a child then gets kidnapped by the Purple Man to be his slave for months. Months which nobody even notices she's gone.
|The funny thing is the Purple Man was a C-Lister until this point.|
Krysten Ritter's Jessica Jones suffers a bit from the fact she never has an idealistic period of her life. After her parents die in a car wreck that gives her superpowers, Netflix's Jessica Jones enters a permanent funk of cynicism and anger she never gets out of. It's a funk which gets worse when she is horrifyingly captured by Zebediah Kilgrave (The Purple Man played by David Tennant) then forced to be his slave (who acts like his girlfriend) for months. Jessica breaks free on her own but not until after she's killed someone on his command.
|Krysten Ritter does an excellent "haunted heroine."|
This is, fundamentally, about the different expectations of medium and it will take a far more mature essay by someone other than me to dissect its implications. Basically, though, comic books are for teenagers and adults remembering their teenage years while Netflix's television series tend to be for adults. The fact TV Jessica is mind-controlled into being Kilgrave is enough of a "cushion" to talk about the subject without verging on the exploitative. Which basically is both the show's strength and weakness.
|Kilgrave and Jack Napier are among the few men who can pull off a purple coat.|
Unfortunately, the biggest weakness is Kilgrave can't quite carry the entire season on his back and the story stretches too long. It's not a dealbreaker because of a very unexpected character's appearance (at least unexpected outside of Daredevil) who I really think was done well. However, I do think the story would have benefited from a couple of episodes where Jessica Jones deals with other cases like the ones in the comic. One of the funniest scenes in the story is where she deals with a pair of bigots who want to kill her for her superpowers except they're really bad at it.
|I see no reason to make fun of Jewel's outfit.|
Honestly, I actually prefer Patsy Walker (Hellcat! I know this!) as played by Rachael Taylor to Jessica Jones herself. Her idealism really is a great contrast to Jessica's 24 hour bad attitude. I'm a huge fan of cynical, sarcastic, and noir themed characters but it's an odd contrast in the Marvel universe. I also felt the contrast of Jessica Jones' past idyllic self to her future one was an exceptionally good one. Watching Patsy Walker in her lone fight in the show was also impressive, making me think she could handle her own lead role.
|As much as I love her as a shark lawyer, I would totally have loved to see her as the Wasp.|
Really, I could talk about the supporting cast every bit as much as I could the actual plot. I may be one of the few people who loved Carrie Anne Moss' subplot, though. You'd think the divorce of Jessica's primary employer so she can marry her secretary would be a terrible weight on the story. However, it's build up all pays off in the end. I also, again, think the main story took up a bit too much time so distractions were good. Mike Colter, certainly, does a decent job introducing Luke Cage but I found the plot about Jessica and his dead wife to be unnecessary. Really, the show underuses him and his lead-in here is unnecessary to appreciate the Luke Cage show.
|I like the only super-strong person in the Defenders is a woman.|