A few days before the beginning of Paris Comic Con, the organizers announced that the cast from Marvel’s Jessica Jones would be present as a last-minute surprise. I think this is the kind of surprise we all like. Especially as they showed us the entire first episode. Beware, spoilers ahead!
But before giving you my feelings about the show premiere, let’s talk about the panel. Both actresses Krysten Ritter & Carrie-Anne Moss attended the panel and answered some questions from the audience.
About their characters on the show:
Jessica Jones is a former super hero who has had a lot of trauma in her past. When we meet her she is trying to make ends meet. This is the story of how she navigates her life when her past comes back to haunt her. I love Jessica because she is a badass. For me it’s such a thrill to be able to play a strong-female antihero and it was an opportunity for me to really dig in and create this character who has so much trauma. So there is drama, comedy and action. – Krysten Ritter
My character is Jeryn Hogarth. I play a lawyer and I employ Jessica Jones to do things that no on else can do. She gets the job done although she breaks the rules to do it. And I appreciate that although I don’t particularly enjoy her. She’s rather in my face and doesn’t really get how powerful I am. Jeryn is really strong, fierce, committed to what she wants not matter what. – Carrie-Anne Moss
One truly fascinating thing about the show is that there are many strong female characters and that there is a woman behind the scenes, Melissa Rosenberg. It gives more opportunity to have much more interesting & complex characters.
One of my favorite things about Jessica Jones is the female cast and the relationships between the women on the show. Jessica is everything that a woman can be. She is vulnerable, strong; she is so many things. The relationship with Jessica’s best friend, Trish, is unlike any female friendship I’ve seen. They’re never talking about a dress, high heels or guys. Her relationship with Jeryn is really complicated as well. It’s written by Melissa Rosenberg, who wrote on Dexter. She writes the show with the kind of integrity you can’t find anywhere. She also never approaches the show as gender-first. It’s not a female superhero, it’s a character first and it’s very exciting. There are also wonderful men in our show, including one of my favorite persons to work with in this world, David Tennant. People are going to be very surprised by his character. It is unlike everything he has ever done. He gives a stellar performance.- Krysten Ritter
For me watching a show, I wanna see men and women. It’s great to have so many women in a show that is a genre that usually attracts more males. I think that this show is going to bring a lot of women to the audience. And women are going to enjoy it because it’s so good. – Carrie-Anne Moss
I do not know because Marvel doesn’t tell me anything. But not in season one. – Krysten Ritter
On the romance between Jessica & Luke Cage:
Without giving too much away, you can’t really meet Jessica Jones without kind of touching upon the man that she will eventually fall in love with. And you’ll have to stay tuned to know more. – Krysten Ritter
On wishing they could play a superhero:
In my life, I never thought I would play a superhero because I look different than what you would expect. It wasn’t until I read the Alias comics that I realized how amazing that character is, how dark and how messed up she is. – Krysten Ritter
About working in TV rather than film:
I love doing TV because I find great parts there. Breaking Bad, Don’t Trust the B were such great parts and this is also a fantastic part. I also really enjoy playing a character for an extended period of time because you get to know her in a way that you wouldn’t if you were doing it only for 2 months. I also enjoy the camaraderie with the cast. Your crew becomes a little family. – Krysten Ritter
We are at time where a lot of quality shows are being made, especially on Netflix. And a lot of the interesting parts are over there. – Carrie-Anne Moss
After the Q&A, we got treated to the season premiere. I do not want to spoil everything that happens in this first episode so that everyone can still fully enjoy it in November, but I will give you my general feeling. Once again, be very careful: spoilers below!
The atmosphere is very much in line with what we have seen on Marvel’s Daredevil. While not being set in Hell’s Kitchen, the gritty look of New York transports us directly into the city and its less tourist-friendly areas. As with Daredevil, I found the framing of the scenes to be very well thought and executed.
I have to admit that I did not know much about Jessica Jones and her role in the Defenders so I was a bit apprehensive about really getting into it. But I did not need to worry as the episode sets the ground work for what is to come and reveals enough about Jessica to make us care about her. While the biggest storyline is still shrouded in mystery, the episode already puts down some stones and teases the “villain” played by David Tennant (who does not directly appear in the episode). We get a sneak peak of Marvel’s first lesbian character in the MCU, Jeryn Hogarth, played by Carrie-Anne Moss. Through two great scenes, we also meet Luke Cage and Jessica’s best friend, Trish.
The episode ends on a shocking and violent note that is bound to make everyone watch the second episode right after! And the one after. And the one after…
Froggy holds a Master of Science degree in Marketing and Management from Dauphine University in Paris. She currently resides in North Haollywood aka Vancouver, Canada where she works as a Project Manager. In addition to covering conventions across North America for The Geekiary, she is a sports photographer for Our Game Magazine.
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