So Netflix has FINALLY aired the new series, and I seriously can’t say how great it is so far. I’ve only made it through the first 2 episodes, but I’m totally hooked and I know that 13 episodes is definitely not going to sustain me for very long.
Though I was actually tragically unaware of the source material until the promotional material for the show came out, I’m really excited to see what Marvel and Netflix are doing. Considering that comics have long been a place that elevates stories about many different types of people, it’s refreshing to see that level of nuance finally making its way to the screen. Thus far, the representation has been incredibly sensitive and well done.
Jessica (portrayed beautifully by Krysten Ritter) is a character with a TON of dimension. I’ve been frustrated before with the “strong female character” trope, in which we see female characters who are literally strong but have very little substance beyond that. Jessica’s strength and other abilities are perhaps the least interesting thing about her (at least from the audience’s perspective.) She has nuanced relationships, and the storyline alludes to a lot of dimension hiding in her past, which it is gradually revealing to us. She also has some serious trauma, and that plays out in a very real and realistic way on her everyday life. As someone who works with people with a lot of similar issues (minus the super-villains), it’s awesome to see mental illness played out with clear care and thoughtfulness.
Additionally, the supporting cast of characters (including Luke Cage, YAY) are equally nuanced and diverse in their backgrounds and experiences, which makes for fascinating and believable interactions.
Since the show is relatively new, I’ll stop here, and write more when spoilers are far less likely, and I’ve seen how the rest of the season plays out. From where I’m sitting, it looks very promising!