I had the chance to watch the first two episodes of Jessica Jones, the new Netflix series based on the Marvel characters and I liked it a bit more than Kyle thus far. It’s a grimy, worn down detective tale with added super strength. Krysten Ritter fills the role of the driven, PTSD suffering private eye wonderfully and I’m liking Mike Colter as Luke Cage. As some have noted, on screen Jessica Jones comes off as more of a hot mess than the comics version, whose world-weariness had an older edge to it. But will I watch the next 11 episodes? You bet, especially since it’s cold out and staying home and watching TV is the main activity at Stately Beat Manor until spring training.
Part of the fun in the show is spotting the real life NYC locations. In Daredevil within the opening 10 minutes there was a scene set a block from SBM; in Jessica Jones, Luke Cage turns out to own Vazac’s, the venerable bar on 7th and B where we all spent the early 90s. Of course, it isn’t exactly Hell’s Kitchen, which in Daredevil was mostly Greenpoint, across the river in Brooklyn. Ben McCool has a comparison of the screen and real life Hell’s Kitchen mostly through the ever popular NYC vehicle of rents. Far from being seedy, today’s Clinton is pricey as heck, or the rest of NYC:
According to realtor.com, the area’s average monthly rent is a wallet-walloping $4,491. Only need one bedroom? You’ll still spend in the region of $3,506 p/m, while those requiring an extra bedchamber must line a landlord’s pocket with approximately $6,243. Ouch! But it wasn’t always this way…oh no. Living in the ‘hood around the time of Daredevil’s debut offered a VERY different experience to what current inhabitants shell out $LOL for. Clinton was once among NYC’s most dangerous spots—its more menacing moniker first appeared in print via an 1880’s New York Times reporter, who referred to an infamous tenement at 39th Street and 10th Avenue as “Hell’s Kitchen,” describing the entire section as “probably the lowest and filthiest in the city.”
For those who have seen the whole thing or don’t mind spoilers, Vulture has a couple of good pieces on the show, including 20 Marvel ‘Firsts’ in Jessica Jones—some of them are very first indeed—and a look at how the show treats sex, and who they shoot those energetic and frequent sex scenes:
“People go, ‘Wow, this must be fun.’ Well, they don’t realize you do it all day. It takes, like, half a day to film it,” said Mike Colter, who plays Jessica’s love interest, a fellow superstrong loner named Luke Cage. Most of the show’s sex scenes are between him and Krysten Ritter’s Jessica, and they’re pronouncedly athletic. The first one begins with the two of them in missionary position and ends with Jessica playing power bottom by getting Luke to take her from behind. Even for the eye-poppingly muscular Colter, the scene was physically draining.
I was happy to see that the opening credits of Jessica Jones use the esthetic of the David Mack covers and Michael Gaydos interiors.
SlashFilm has bit more on the credits, which were animated by Eric Demeusy.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.