I am a seasoned Netflix-binger. When I decide to Netflix a show, I commit. I have no time for those people who watch an episode or two a week. If the generous Netflix gods are keen to provide us with several episodes of a show, you bet I’m gonna jump in, face first, and watch them all as quickly as I can.
When it comes to watching shows like Supernatural or X-Files, it’s not a huge deal to pound through episodes because there are SO MANY to watch. But when it comes to Netflix originals, once you chug through a season, you’re done for like a year.
I finished Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt in about a month.
I finished the new season of Arrested Development in a few weeks.
I finished Master of None in a few weeks.
I was not going to do the same thing when it came to Jessica Jones. No, I was gonna make this show last. The thing is, that show is hella addicting, so I zipped through the first ten episodes crazy quickly. Then, I freaked out a little.
I was nearly done with the series, and there isn’t any word on season 2. I couldn’t keep up with this breakneck pace, so I decided to STOP. I stopped watching the show for about a month. Jessica Jones can’t end for me if I never finish the season, right? I had unlocked the key to Netflix binging: binge until the final few episodes, and stop cold turkey to avoid ever ending the show. Great plan, right?
Well, I couldn’t stand it anymore, and I finished season one of Jessica Jones yesterday. What did I think of the show? Here is the official summation of all my feelings for Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones and the entire show in general:
I won’t bore you with my thoughts on the whole season since there have been plenty of others who’ve written about how the show is the best thing ever. Suffice it to say that Jessica Jones is a solid superhero, and she seriously breaks out of the mold of most of the superhero stuff we see on TV today. She’s complicated, she’s damaged, she can be mean, she’s sarcastic, and I love her so much. Krysten Ritter unsurprisingly does a stellar job of bringing her to life. With the news of Daredevil season 2 getting a teaser trailer and release date, I figured we couldn’t be too far from hearing about season 2 of Jessica Jones. But not only do we not know when Jessica Jones season 2 is coming, we don’t even know if Jessica will even get a second season. That’s right. Netflix hasn’t even gone as far as to renew the show.
Reasons for the lack of renewal have been things like the focus on launching The
Other Avengers Defenders (which will be comprised of Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica, and potentially others). Since Jessica will be in that, Netflix is focusing on featuring her there rather than expanding on her crazy successful show.
Don’t get me wrong, I dig crossover stuff, and I love the Avengers and how heavily those guys play in each others films. So yeah, Defenders sounds rad, but…why can’t we get more standalone Jessica and have Defenders? You know, like they’re doing with Matt Murdock? Maybe time and resources are an issue, but why not even say the show is renewed? Why is Netflix deciding to sit on a show that fans are obsessed with and actually differs a bit from every other superhero show and movie out there? Ultimately, I have no idea. Money, resources, and actor availability are real things that Netflix is juggling, but I know one thing for sure: we need more standalone shows and movies about female superheroes.
There are lots of dudes in that space, and losing Jessica would be a huge blow. Krysten Ritter has already expressed that she’s more than game to reprise the role, so I really hope Netflix doesn’t cast Jessica Jones aside to focus more on stuff like Daredevil and Defenders. They’re building a really great and diverse group of superhero shows on Netflix, and I’d hate to see them toss out a great one that’s meant so much to so many people.
What did you think of Jessica Jones? Do you want Netflix to renew the show, or do you think one season is enough? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!