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SUPER LATE REVIEW: Marvel’s The Defenders

Howdy ladies and gents, it is time for a review and this is a review I should have done at the end of August. But it’s been chilling in my draft section for ages so I thought I’d finally finish it. I am of course talking about Marvel’s The Defenders. Now this was a show I was eagerly anticipating for ages up until Iron Fist came out and that brought down my hype by a considerable amount (review available here). But with some solid trailers I was ready to love the show. But now the show’s been out since August and before I review The Punisher (which I’ve already seen but will give another watch), I wanted to share my thoughts on this show. So if you’re still interested in my thoughts on this show read on and find out. 🙂

So the story can be described as the following: “Set a few months after the events of the second season of Daredevil, and a month after the events of the first season of Iron Fist, the vigilantes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist team up in New York City to fight a common enemy: the Hand.”

The Defenders primarily furthers the plot and characters of the Daredevil and Iron Fist shows, however you don’t have to have seen the previous shows in order to understand whats going on here as it is a self-contained like The Avengers, that being said watching the previous shows helps you care about the characters and the significance of the stakes involved. The story starts off a big slow re-establishing the characters and storylines from the previous shows, but by the latter half of episode 3 things really pick up and start to become fun and from there you feel like you’re getting the show you were promised with fun crossover character interactions and cool fight scenes. There’s also some good action, drama, mystery and revelations. However, by the time the show ends, I feel like things could have played out in a far more captivating manner. The plot takes time to set up certain elements that will have pay off later on, the only issue is that once everything is laid out on the table it feels rather lacklustre and unsurprising.

Episode highlights include:

  • The H Word
  • Worst Behavior
  • Royal Dragon
  • Take Shelter

When it comes to the cast, I think they did their best considering the material they were given and some actors/actresses were good while others didn’t fare as well. The Defenders themselves were quite good. Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil was one of the most effective characters besides Jessica Jones. He probably had most character development and it was cool to see how he evolved from the end of DD season 2 to this show and see how he interacted with the team. Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones was great, all of her wonderfully bad and good character traits were on display, she didn’t like to play with others and was very rude, but did do some investing and showed up when it counted. Mike Colter as Luke Cage was good, still the strong and smooth dude from his own show, he was good though I wasn’t keen on what they did with him and Claire’s relationship. Finn Jones as Danny Rand/Iron Fist was weird, it was almost like they did a bit of a course correction for the character as he comes across smarter and more confident not only in his personality but his fighting skills too. Alas, it doesn’t take long for the character to fall back into his childish and foolish ways, he’s such a weak link it is painful. The Defenders have the same sort of group dynamic that makes team formations so much fun to watch like the Avengers of Guardians of the Galaxy, they have that different personalities and ideologies and seeing them but heads and team up was great especially with Matt and Jessica. Oh and Elodie Yung as Elektra, part of me likes her, but at the same time considering how her character was handled it was just messy, a tad confusing and annoying.

Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra Reid has some moments of interest but ultimately adds up to a forgettable/boring villain. She makes a lot of sinister speeches but rarely does anything that directly impacts the heroes and the way her story arc concludes is one I not only saw coming but also felt like a slap in the face to anyone who had invested time her character. As for Scott Glenn as Stick, e was one of the best parts of Daredevil, but here he was less compelling and a little more annoying, just talking about how bad the enemy was. Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple is still the same likeable character from before, she’s good. Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing was good too, she had some decent action scenes, nice interactions with some other characters and some story stuff that carried over from Iron Fist. Simone Missick as Misty Knight was cool, sassy and proactive and while she wasn’t always on the right side of the heroes, she had some solid moments in the show, though I wish she was utilized a little better. Seeing Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse, Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker and Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page was nice as they brought a nice bit of flavour from their respective shows

As for the presentation, it was good for the most part. Visually the show was solid. One of the things the show did well was the action, I feel like the fight choreographers brought back the flair and intensity that was sorely lacking from not only Iron Fist but also Luke Cage and Jessica Jones to a degree as well.The fight scenes here were faster, better in choreography, sometimes reaching that Daredevil quality. Alas, the action isn’t always consistently good with some fight scenes looking unrealistic, slow and silly, and it also doesn’t help that some of the sequences are shot and edited in a strange way to be stylised when in fact they’re less interesting than they should be. As for the soundtrack by John Paesano, it was good. I think it was a smart choice to bring him back considering the solid work he brought to Daredevil. In this show, Paesano brings a more bombastic, intense and dramatic sound that I think the show needed especially when it comes to the opening theme. There were points where it felt a little overly dramatic but for the most part, it was really nice.

In conclusion season 1 of Marvel’s The Defenders is a decent show that has some great moments but didn’t live up to its potential. I really did enjoy the character crossover not only from the main heroes but also the secondary cast, and when the action, dialogue and soundtrack were on-point it was a fun show to watch. However, this team up series didn’t give me the compelling story that I wanted, there were some bad decisions made with the use of the villains and Iron Fist, the action scenes weren’t consistently good and there was a lack of payoff/satisfaction that I felt once the show was over. The Defenders wasn’t terrible and was easily the best material Marvel and Netflix have done since the first half of Luke Cage, but as it stands, Marvel and Netflix are really gonna have to step up their game if they want to keep the fans coming back for more.

So have you seen Marvel’s The Defenders and is so what do you think of it? Did it live up to your expectations or were you disappointed? Also, how would you compare it to Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters. 🙂

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2017 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Marvel’s Luke Cage Season 1 Review (NO SPOILERS)

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another one of those beastly reviews and today I’m reviewing something I’ve waited ages to see, I am of course talking about the first season of Marvel’s Luke Cage. The funny thing is, even though Mike Colter’s Luke Cage was one of the best aspects of Jessica Jones, I wasn’t too hyped about him getting his own show initially. However, over time when I watched and read interviews with the cast, producers and showrunner, my interest increased, but it was after the Comic-Con trailer dropped in July that I was down for this show. So now that I’ve seen it all, how is it? Well read on and find out!

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So what’s the story for this show? Well our protagonist, Luke Cage is an ex-convict who was experimented on in prison and given super strength and durability, however he escapes and now resides in Harlem hiding in plain sight. However when problems arise in the city, Luke has to step  up and confront issues past and present in order to keep everyone safe.

What I appreciated the most about this show immediately its sense of identity, Luke Cage is totally different from Daredevil and Jessica Jones in style, tone and story, however, it shares enough similarities that in certain elements that it fits into the same universe as the previous shows. Straight from the beginning you notice the show’s sense of presence, charisma and sophistication that you don’t see with a lot superhero TV, and as someone who has been following this show long before the marketing started, it was fascinating and rewarding to see how showrunner, Cheo Hodari Coker’s vision come to life in such a vivid manner after reading and watching all of those interviews. The show also does a really good job of telling its story slowly and methodically, having a lot of the key superhero story plot points, but also telling a story which felt smart, realistic and relevant to social and racial issues that are happening in the world today.

I would also like to note that Luke Cage might be the most consistent of all the Marvel Netflix shows so far, Jessica Jones‘ episodes tended to fluctuate in terms of enjoyment and relevance and the same can be said for this year’s Daredevil season 2, and even Daredevil season 1 there was a dip in quality in the final three episodes (not so much the finale though). As I was binging Luke Cage every episode had content that was felt compelling, fun, interesting, dramatic and most importantly relevant, none of it felt like filler, though I have heard some say that the final two episodes felt weaker than what came before and while I can see that point of view, at the same time they didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of the show. I also liked how the show took some chances and made some surprising turns with the overall story and use of certain characters. Oh and the references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe might be my favourites so far with ties to specific characters, events and technology from a few of the films and previous Netflix shows being used to great effect in verbal and visual ways. With all that being said the show wasn’t perfect, firstly there was a misuse of certain characters over the course of the season. Secondly there were some plot points that were brought up but never got properly concluded or didn’t have as much of a satisfying pay off as one would expect. And for all the references that were put into the show, I felt like some of them were teasing certain things that never came to pass unfortunately.

Episode highlights include:

  • Moment of Truth
  • Code of the Streets (personal favourite)
  • Who’s Gonna Take the Weight?
  • Step in the Arena (personal favourite)
  • Just to Get a Rep
  • Manifest (personal favourite)
  • Blowin’ Up the Spot
  • DWYCK
  • Take It Personal (personal favourite)
  • Now You’re Mine

When it comes to the cast they were all really good, and I found it intriguing how a lot of them had surface level personas, but as the season went on you discovered their real selves, though some stood out more than others. Firstly there’s Mike Colter as Luke Cage, damn this guy is good! Colter bring such a sense of fun, charisma, subtlety, magnetism and depth to this character who’s already endured a lot in his life and has more personal struggles ahead of him with the villains and scenarios he gets into. I also adored how grounded and relatable Luke was, he was an every man, like he belonged among non-superpowered people unlike Jessica Jones and Matt Murdock who feel anything but normal and have questionable personality traits. Mahershala Ali was beyond great as Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes, here we had a character who is your standard villain but in all the right ways, he’s charming, intimidating, smart and has some really compelling personal history that enriches him as a character, and every time he was on-screen you wanted him to come back. Simone Missick as Misty Knight was also very good, at first I really appreciated her no-nonsense/cocky attitude, but it did take me a while to feel connected to her and thankfully due to the use of the character in the story and some terrific acting from Missick she ascended into my favourites department. Theo Rossi as Shades was someone I thought would be a throwaway character, but he quickly became one of my favourites due to his totally chilled out demeanour, sense of style and character motivations, plus Rossi’s acting made him so likeable.

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Alfre Woodard was fabulous as Mariah Dillard, this lady was driven, committed and proactive, though the actions of Luke and Cottonmouth created some issues morally and personally for her as time went on. There was a lot more to this character than I expected, and the reason I liked her so much was because of Woodard’s acting, bloody hell I forgot how good she was and she has some really great material at certain points. Rosario Dawson did well as Claire Temple and had a fair amount to do, far more than I expected when it came to learning more about her and see how she fits into main story, and Dawson just brings that passion, charm and beauty that she’s known for in full effect. Then there’s Erik LaRay Harvey (who I remembered from Boardwalk Empire) as Diamondback and he was pretty good too, while his character wasn’t nearly compellng or fleshed out as the rest of the cast, at the same time he was pretty scary, perceptive and ruthless and it really helped that Harvey excels in these kind of roles. A powerful arms dealer who is Cage’s half-brother, and framed him for the crime that sent him to Seagate Prison. You also have Frank Whaley as Rafael Scarfe and Ron Cephas Jones as Bobby Fish, both characters have ties to the main characters (Scarfe with Misty and Fish with Luke), and they have some really cool, hilarious and notable moments in this show. And finally there are some wonderful cameos from characters who first appeared in Daredevil and Jessica Jones and they are used to wonderful effect, especially one key character who you’ll know when you see him. 😀

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As for the presentation, it fabulous. Visually the show looks very nice and consistent with the previous shows, but I feel like there was a lot more attention to detail when it came to the framing of certain shots and general cinematography. I also loved the way the filmmakers captured Harlem in all of its areas, it makes you feel like you know the area and you get in on the ground level from the fancy areas to the dark back alleys. And I have to talk about the action scenes, while not as impressive as Daredevil (obviously because Luke’s no martial arts expert) I really enjoyed the way the show depicted Luke’s strength and durability, but also how he fought in his action sequences which were frantic, hard-hitting and sometimes hilarious. Oh and that intro with the visual imagery and song, fabulous! As for the soundtrack, composers Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad made something damn special, their score for this TV show has such a beautiful sound that feels intricate to the show and has a variety in its sound, but calls a lot a 1970’s funk/disco sound with some hip-hop vibes. Oh and that the choices of music from real life musicians whether they were life performances or just placed within an episode were fantastic and captured the mood and style of the show so well.

In conclusion season 1 of Marvel’s Luke Cage is a damn good show and I would say it’s miles better than Jessica Jones, but not quite as solid Daredevil‘s first season, though it’s damn close! This show has a lot to say over with its themes, issues and story aspects which were explored in such a thoughtful, emotional and engaging manner, and with such fabulous performances and an incredible soundtrack it is impossible to deny this show’s quality. It does have some issues with the use of characters and unanswered story elements, and some may not enjoy the slower pace, but overall it’s some damn good TV which I highly recommend.

Rating: 8.5/10

So have you seen season 1 of Marvel’s Luke Cage and is so what do you think of it? And how would you compare it to Daredevil and Jessica Jones? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters. 🙂

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2016 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Marvel’s Jessica Jones Season 1 Review (Spoiler Free)

Howdy people of the internet, time for the review that I’ve been waiting all year to do that isn’t Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I am of course talking about Marvel’s Jessica Jones. After bleeding through Daredevil earlier this year, I’ve been ready for this to drop and while the trailers were definitely interesting, it didn’t hype me up as much as I was expecting. But now that it’s out, I binged it over the last two days and finished it this morning around 7am. 😛 So after seeing the first season I’m ready to pass judgement in this spoiler-free review.

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Story

“Following a tragic end to her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City.

Best way I can describe Jessica Jones is that it is an intense character-focused drama with psychological thriller and horror elements incorporated. It’s hard to talk about the story without getting into spoiler territory, but to suffice to say it worth the watch. People going into this expecting the usual Marvel adventures found in the films will be in for quite a shock as JJ is probably the darkest corner of the MCU put into live-action so far. Daredevil opened up the MCU to this grounded and realistic street-level realm of superhero antics with action, violence, moral and ethical areas of grey and the crime drama stuff, and JJ takes those foundations and creates a deeper, more mature world. JJ is very blunt about the topics it covers especially when it comes to PTSD, sex, rape, drugs, death, violence and psychological battles, it really is about power and control; who has it and how it can be used to influence, help or break those around you. JJ can be shocking, unnerving, gruesome and downright wrong to witness what goes down over the course of these 13 episodes, however, thanks to the great team of writers and directors headed by showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, these can be some of the most gripping, tension-filled and memorable TV in recent memory especially for a Marvel property. There were also some references to the MCU film universe and Daredevil, nothing major, but they were notable and worked when used. I will admit that the series isn’t perfect, certain stories that are tied to specific characters aren’t as interesting as others, the amount of sex in the show while necessary for certain scenes at the same time felt unnecessary and some plot points towards the end didn’t get the conclusion I had hoped for. I feel like this show will divide the Marvel fan base due to its stories, action on-screen and the personality of the main protagonist, Jessica.

Characters

The cast really do an amazing job in this show and some more than others deliver some truly memorable performances. Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones was awesome, at first I wasn’t sure her physical frame and acting skills would suit someone like Jessica, luckily Ritter proves that she’s got the right stuff for the role, for the most part. Jessica has a bad attitude, short fuse and rarely let’s anyone help her, but behind her exterior there’s a tortured and fractured soul whose past won’t let go of her, and because of current events that tie back to her own she feels compelled to take action by any means necessary. I was great learning about this character, why she acts like she does and seeing her go from a super badass to a crumbling mess was great, and Ritter did such a lovely job with her material, though as times I which she was a little more physically imposing and aggressive. Mike Colter as Luke Cage, man, what a beast! I loved this guy, Luke is a very smart, polite and keeps to himself at first, but once he interacts with Jessica and starts to become integrated into the main plot he becomes so much more interesting, dramatic and aggressive. Colter has such a great screen presence, carries himself well and can be so charming and funny, but then can be so intimidating and scary, when he’s allowed to flex his skills I loved it. Together, Ritter and Colter have a good on-screen relationship and their chemistry is nice, at first it’s not quite as strong, but later on down the road these two really find their groove. Rachael Taylor also does a good job as Trish “Patsy” Walker, at first Trish was a little bland and besides being associated with Jessica, there wasn’t much to her, but later on she’s fleshed out and becomes a much more interesting person down the line. I liked the bond between Jessica and Trish and how by the end of the season it really highlights how much their connection matters.

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Wil Traval was an unexpectedly intriguing character as Will Simpson, at first I wasn’t sure if I’d like his involvement in the show, but in the latter half he really steps up and becomes one hell of a character to lookout for and Traval was awesome. Erin Moriarty was very captivating as Hope Shlottman, this girl has quite an emotional journey in this show and I was surprised by how much she affected me, Moriarty’s acting was top-notch and really made me care for her character. Eka Darville was also good as Malcolm Ducasse, at first I wasn’t sure if there was much to his character beyond his earlier appearances, but then he really steps up and becomes a really useful character full of insight and good morals. Carrie-Anne Moss, man, she was really good as Jeri Hogarth, this is a powerful and cutthroat kind of lady who only does things for her own gain and Moss was extremely great in this role. Also have to give shout outs to Susie Abromeit as Pam, Lisa Emery as Louise Thompson and Kieran Mulcare as Ruben. But the biggest praise has to go to David Tennant as Kilgrave, damn, what a performance. Kilgrave is now easily in the top 3 villains of the MCU alongside Wilson Fisk and Loki. This is a man with mind controlling abilities and while he doesn’t view himself as a bad guy, he certainly does a lot of terrible things. I love how charismatic and versatile he is when it comes to how he interacts with people, sometimes he can be really calm, other times really humourous or sometimes he loses his shit and gets super aggressive. This guy is all sorts of nasty, he’s sadistic, disturbing, rude, volatile and has next to no redeeming qualities, and yet he is such an engaging character and I loved every minute he was on-screen as he was magnetic. Tennant is absolutely fabulous here and because the character’s backstory, history with Jessica and interactions with several people over the course of the season, it allows him to show several forms of his personality, emotion and twisted version of logic.

Presentation

When it came to the presentation it is very good for the most part. Visually I love the way the show looks, the cinematography is so good with beautiful shots of New York City’s various locations during the day through to the night, I really like the attention to detail when it came to use of colouring and lighting, everything really popped while watching on my TV screen as there was such a great sense of clarity and sharpness in the picture quality. As for the use of CGI, it is minimal and sometimes it looks good and other times not as good, the same could be said for the action, some of it was really cool, well-choreographed and badass, and some were a little too short and not as interesting. I have to say I liked the use of make-up and practical effects for some of the more violent stuff as it was very realistic and impressive to watch. Oh and I cannot forget to mention the JJ intro, it is so mysterious, abstract-looking and sassy, it looks really cool and gives a brief illustration of the tone and actions of the show and it really helps that the theme song by Sean Callery is excellent. I love that jazzy theme, but not only that his entire score for the show is a very different and unexpected beast with its jazz references being quite smooth and sensual but also being quite loud, aggressive and crazy, this soundtrack really makes the world of JJ come to life.

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Comparisons to Daredevil

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Now something I’ve seen in the comments section of each episode review that IGN were doing was people comparing this show to Daredevil, with some saying it was worse, some saying it was better and some saying it was on-par. So I thought I’d give my two cents on this subject. Jessica Jones certainly does a few things better when it comes to the depth and development of its main characters, that being said Daredevil was certainly better when it came to the action sequences and its fight choreography, plus the plot was a little more straightforward. All that aside, I have to ask: can’t both shows coexist without the moaning and bitching about which is better? Everyone has their preference, some may like the action-heavy crime stuff with Daredevil, while others may be drawn more to the psychological and drama events of Jessica Jones, either way both shows are great, and while I do prefer Daredevil because I’m an action junkie, I won’t deny that JJ had stories and specific moments that will stay in my mind for a while after my first viewing. Basically I like both, nuff said haha.

Conclusion

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In conclusion Marvel’s Jessica Jones is another successful TV show that brings us closer to the Defenders series. I’ve heard people bitch and complain that the show’s “boring” or “not edgy enough” or “not like Daredevil” and to them I say shut up. JJ succeeds in being one of the best character-focused TV shows I’ve seen in a while with really engaging and memorable performances, good action and some of the most disturbing, scary and cruel stories to come out of the MCU so far. It probably won’t be for everyone, but if you can handle the hard-hitting nature of this series you’ll find a lot to love and appreciate about this show.

Rating: 8/10

So have you seen Jessica Jones and if so so what do you think of it? Do you believe its dark and mature subject matter was handled effectively or not and how do you think it compares to Daredevil? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters. 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2015 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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LATE FLASH REVIEW: Marvel’s Jessica Jones Official Trailer

Howdy people of the internet, with Marvel’s Jessica Jones coming out in just under three weeks time I thought I should give my super quick thoughts on the official trailer that came out a few weeks ago. I would have done it sooner but I’ve been super lazy haha. 😛

Anyway here’s the trailer:

So what do I think after seeing this trailer? I’m ready for this show, bring it on!

I’ve been wanting to see footage from this show for AGES since all those set photos started getting released, and while the small teasers recently have been good leading up to this trailer, it wasn’t enough for me, but this trailer finally scratches my itch for visual footage on Jessica Jones and it is looking pretty cool.

This trailer gives us a pretty good idea as to who Jessica is by showing us:

  1. She has superpowers as you can see from her jumping real high, hitting real hard when it comes to beating up guys or making a dent a subway train window and stopping the moving car.
  2. She’s a private investigator.
  3. She likes to drink.
  4. And she’s got a troubled past involving a mysterious man who messed her up psychologically (Killgrave, aka the Purple Man).

What I got from this trailer is that Jessica is someone who operates just under the radar so she doesn’t get noticed, however, things change when Luke Cage comes into play and but more so when the main villain Killgrave shows up and causes havoc which requires her to come out oft he shadows and take him out.

Like Daredevil, Jessica Jones seems to be taking the same dark and slightly more mature approach with its tone and stories, and while there hasn’t been as much visual violence on display so far, there are pretty disturbing imagery of people holding guns to their heads and some people hanging themselves in nooses. I’m really liking how intense and dramatic the tone is for this show, it looks like a lot of crazy stuff will go down not only with Jessica but also with Luke, her other associates.

What I liked about this trailer the most was David Tennant’s Killgrave character. He seems like a formidable character who is all sorts of dangerous and has mind-controlling abilities as demonstrated by that one guy who Killgrave convinces to let him into his house. But its the fact that throughout the trailer you hear about the pain he’s caused mentally to several people especially Jessica and that moment with all of the people with the guns to their heads in the police station, I believe that’s his doing and if so that’s a lot of mental power. I just can’t wait to see how this plays out.

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In conclusion the official trailer for Marvel’s Jessica Jones looks pretty cool. I’ve been interesting in this show for the longest time, but having actual footage to work with increases the hype levels a fair amount. Jessica’s adventures in Hell’s Kitchen look like they will be aggressive, dark and messed up, and I’m hoping that those stories will be as captivating as I’m hoping they’ll be.

So have you seen the official trailer for Marvel’s Jessica Jones and if so so what do you think of it? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post, laters. 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2015 in Media, Reviews, Television

 

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LATE NEWS: Krysten Ritter To Play Jessica Jones & New Story Details Emerge!

Howdy people of the internet, I’m back again to blog about some news. It seems like the comic book news isn’t stopping any time soon as we now have some casting news relating to the upcoming Jessica Jones TV series. The following information comes from superherohype:

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Just yesterday, word broke that Marvel Studios’ upcoming Netflix series “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones” has selected “Breaking Bad” and “Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23″ star Krysten Ritter to play the title role. Today, Marvel has officially confirmed the news and has also revealed that the series will follow “Marvel’s Daredevil” in 2015 with a 13-episode season.

The Jones character debuted in Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos’ 2001 comic book series “Alias,” which also marked the debut of Marvel’s Max imprint, a line designed to embrace R-rated storytelling. In the book, Jones was retconned to have been a former Avenger. The official TV show description of Jones reads as follows:

After a tragic ending to her short-lived Super Hero stint, Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City.

“Krysten brings both the hard edge and the vulnerability the role demands,” says Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. “We can’t wait for fans to see her in action, coming to Netflix in 2015.”

“Krysten Ritter has the type of range, spanning the comic to the tragic, that makes for the stuff of the best Marvel heroes,” adds Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/Marvel’s Head of Television. “As Jessica Jones, Krysten will bring one of the most beloved new characters of the past decade to life in a way we know will delight her longtime fans and introduce her to many more.”

Well this is certainly interesting. The more I’m hearing about these upcoming Netflix shows, the more intrigued I’m getting. Daredevil already sounds like it will be awesome, but it is the other characters that I’m more curious about. they’re nowhere near as mainstream as the current selection of big screen superheroes, but it seems like Marvel are pushing for them to be just as important, just on a smaller scale. This Jessica Jones character, I have no idea who she is or what her significance is in the comics, but the people at Marvel Studios seem to think she is important and are laying out the groundwork for these characters pretty quickly. The plot doesn’t sound overly orignal or enticing, but it’s a Marvel property so there is bound to be something I’ll actually like about it.

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So how do I feel about the casting? I’m down with it, like I’ve said before, I’ve only seen Ritter in Breaking Bad and she was fine there, however if the people at Marvel are giving her praise then she must have some right? Also according to what I’ve read on ComicBookMovie, Mike Colter looks set to play Luke Cage in the upcoming show as well before appearing in his ow show later down the line. I’m okay with the casting at the moment, until we see them in action we can’t really pass judgement, and I’m seeing a lot of hate online about Ritter’s involvement and loads of people say that Alexandra Daddario should have gotten the role because she was prettier on the eyes. Really? It is a sad time we live in when all that some people look for in casting is how pretty the person is, what about the talent? You that still counts for something right? And then there’s Colter, I have seen him in anything so I can’t form an opinion, but he looks the part so there is that. Either way Marvel Studios have done well with their casting so far in terms of their films so I can only hope that it translates to their new TV shows as well.

So what do you think of this news? Please leave your thoughts below, laters! 🙂

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2014 in Media, Television

 

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The Actresses & Actors Up for Marvel’s Jessica Jones & Luke Cage

Howdy ladies and gents, time for some film news and once again it is Marvel-related. So with Daredevil well in the works now, it seems like Marvel Studios are finally moving ahead with the next set of Netflix characters with actors and actresses potentially up for the roles of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. The following information comes from superherohype:

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Deadline brings word this afternooon that Marvel has begun testing actresses for the lead role in their Netflix series “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” and among those names are Krysten Ritter (“Breaking Bad”), Alexandra Daddario (“True Detective”), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) and Jessica De Gouw (“Arrow”).

The outlet also reports that two names have emerged as the front runners for the Luke Cage role: Lance Gross (“Crisis”) and Halo: Nightfall‘s Mike Colter. Cage will reportedly appear in seven of the 13 episodes in the “Jessica Jones” series before going on to appear in his own 13-episode series.

“Dexter” and Twilight scribe Melissa Rosenberg is set to executive produce the “Jessica Jones” series, which focuses on retired superhero Jessica Jones hanging up her tights and opening her own detective agency. Rosenberg is no stranger to female superhero shows either, having worked on the short-lived “Birds of Prey” series on The WB.

“Jessica Jones” is the second of five Netflix shows Marvel will roll out starting next year with “Marvel’s Daredevil.” Following the two will be both “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist,” with all four leading into a “Defenders” mini-series.

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UPDATE:Deadline has learned that Marin Ireland (“The Divide”) and Cleo Anthony (“Transparent”) are also up for the roles of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, respectively.

So what do I think of these choices? Very interesting. I’m not fully familar with all of these people and their work but I am curious about the what each other could potentially bring to the table.

Jessica Jones Potential Actresses

So let’s start with the actresses up for Jessica Jones. Krysten Ritter is someone I liked in Breaking Bad, however I haven’t seen any of her other work to be able to judge whether she would be a good fit for the character. Ritter has been in a good few films and TV shows so I guess she most be good for her to be considered for the role. As for Alexandra Daddario, she’s a lady I’ve heard much about but have never seen her in anything, besides a small role in The Squid and the Whale (but I barely remember that film). She’s apparently worth watching in True Detective but until I see more from her, I can’t pass judgement. Teresa Palmer was good in Warm Bodies) she’s been in a good few films, whether she would be a good fit for this character remains to be seen. Jessica De Gouw, yes. I loved this woman in Arrow, she was both gorgeous and deadly as Helena Bertinelli/The Huntress and definitely had the acting chops to back up the action side of things. And finally there’s Marin Ireland, who was in Side Effects, but I don’t recall her in that film and the rest of her filmography is completely alien to me, however the amount of awards and experience she’s had in film, TV and theatre is pretty impressive.

Luke Cage Potential Actors

And then there’s the actors who don’t have a filmography nearly as impressive as the women. Firstly there’s Lance Gross who’s just been in Tyler Perry films, that just doesn’t bode well for me at all. Mike Colter is a little better with a more expansive filmography in film and TV, but nothing that’s really too notable for me besides his appearance in Men in Black 3 which I recalled from 2012. And finally there’s Cleo Anthony, this man has been in a few big things here and there but nothing too notable.

Conclusion

In the end these are some interesting choices. If I had to pick out of the actresses then I would pick either De Gouw because of her work in Arrow or Palmer because she’s pretty or possibly Ireland because of her wide experience. As for the men I would go with Mike Colter, he seems like he has the most acting experience, simple as.

So what do you think of these choices? Are they up your ally or do you think that they’re miscast? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below.

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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