@ Ryn tin tin: I agree. If I want fighting I'll go re-watch Daredevil. It had good camera work, it had "the hallway" and it really showed how DD in the end is just the boxer too punch drunk to know when to go down.
But that's not why I'm watching Jessica Jones.
I'm only 4 episodes in so far but after every one I feel like taking a shower. And I feel that, while I'm in that shower, I want to drink a 5th of whiskey and cry. Afterwards I want to scrub my brain.
In short, I watch JJ for the more emotional piece.
Last night I caught the episode where
I've read comics off and on since I was a little kid. There was always a mind control thing happening, like Dr Faustus or Mastermind or whoever. But those were comics; they made Phoenix be mean or they tried to get Spider Man to rob a museum. You didn't SEE the really dark crap it could really do.
Nowadays sure, comics are a bit more gritty but they're still a bit limited. In JJ you are watching it, experiencing it with all the shame, horror and degradation it invokes. What's more you come to understand that what you're feeling on an empathetic level the person being controlled either IS feeling that or WILL feel that if they survive.
It reminds me of the possessed folks on Supernatural. A demon gets inside them and they are just passengers, watching themselves do horrifying things to other human beings. In that show they do most of the horror off-screen or in narration.
In JJ you're in it with the controlled victims.
Finally in Daredevil you have a hero trapped in a mortal man. Murdock sets out from the very beginning to do something good. He's not always successful nor is he always doing it the right way, but he's trying.
Jones played the hero once and failed. By the time we pick her up in the series she's broken, defeated and unwilling to try again. She wants to run and hide at first. Even when she decides to act she's brutal, reactionary; she's scared.
Murdock is the "man without fear" while Jones is terrified of everything. Not surprisingly, even though both shows are gritty, Daredevil's world is always tinged with a bit of hope while JJ just keeps slowly sinking deeper and deeper into the quagmire.
But... I'm only up to episode 5 having watched 1-4. Who knows; maybe this is where it all turns around and her costume comes out of mothballs and the whole show gets its hero on. Maybe this is when the light comes in!
I need another shower and another bottle.