Okay, so I've finally seen Jessica Jones.
My take on it? It was good television—definitely better than a lot of things currently on tv—but it wasn't compelling.
I have no problem with the casting. I think that Krysten Ritter made a good Jessica Jones. She was vulnerable when she needed to be, she was strong when she needed to be, and as a private investigator, she slipped in and out of some personas as she needed to. It was good, solid work.
Mike Colter as Luke Cage was a good choice. I'm not against Isaiah Mustafa, it's just that Mike Colter was a better choice. I didn't have any problem in reconciling him with his character of Lemond Bishop on The Good Wife.
What I did have a problem with, though, was David Tennant.
Hear me out.
I love Dr. Who. David Tennant is now my favorite Doctor, going above Tom Baker, who was my Doctor growing up. I didn't like seeing my Doctor being a bad guy, which is kind of what happened. I could see elements of Dr. Who in Tennant's portrayal of Kilgrave, and I saw my Doctor as the bad guy. I'm not saying he did a bad job—not at all. I'm just saying I don't like seeing my Doctor as a bad guy. David Tennant is a wonderful, wonderful actor. Seeing elements of my Doctor as a bad guy...disturbing.
All the rest was was good. I liked seeing Rebecca De Mornay getting work. I've had a crush on her since Risky Business.
Clarke Peters as the black detective? Again, I have a problem with him dying. I mean, sure, you have Luke, you have the guy who we thought was a crackhead, there are a couple of others, but the black cop dies… It not as bad as turning Ben Urich into a black guy and killing him, but I still had the same response to his death. I foresaw it, and there should have been a better way to do it.
In all, it's good television. There were Easter eggs for those who know what they're looking at. It wasn't compelling, though. Daredevil was compelling. That's why it only took eleven days to get an order for a second season. Jessica Jones, however, may take a little longer.