“Marvel’s Jessica Jones: The Complete Season 1” introduces Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, Rachel Taylor as Patricia “Trish” Walker, Wil Traval as Will Simpson, Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse, Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth, and David Tennant as Kilgrave with Rosario Dawson making some guest appearances as Claire Temple. The season focuses on Jones, an alcoholic private investigator, who pushes away everyone close to her while investigating Kilgrave, a man with mind control abilities who once controlled her. She meets Luke Cage and they bond over their mutual special powers while Jones also does P.I. work for Jeri Hogarth, a powerful attorney who’s not above bending the law to win in court.
The series adapted Brian Michael Bendis’ “Alias” comics, with the first episode fairly faithfully adapting the first issue. Though this series tones down some of the comic book elements – for example, Kilgrave goes by his name rather than calling himself the Purple Man (and the show even states that he chose Kilgrave as a name because it sounded cool) – it does maintain the gritty realism of Bendis’ comics. Like all of the Netflix Marvel series, it uses color and lighting to evoke a mood and create a distinctive look just like a comic book, in this case making use of blues and purples. Though the series takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it only makes the occasional references to the films and instead stands on its own, while working to set up characters who appear in the other Netflix series like Luke Cage and Jeri Hogarth.