“Jessica Jones”- Thoughts on Kilgrave

I recently watched the first season of “Jessica Jones” on Nexflix and it was honestly one of the best comic book shows I have seen, or at least the start of one.

The show is about a woman named Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), a hard headed, non-superhero with super strength who can also can super jump. Jones suffers from PTSD and works as a private investigator in New York. She is a hero who does not need or want a cape.

We learn very quickly into the first season Jones is haunted by a man from her past who she is deeply afraid of. Enter the psycho villain, Kilgrave (David Tennant).

The audience learns in the first episode or two that Kilgrave was Jessica’s ex. He is a mind controller and is possibly the scariest big bad. Because the series put real situations in it, he is the scariest villain as of late on any comic book show.

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David Tennant as Kilgrave

Kilgrave is the definition of a psychotic, creepy, dangerous, obsessive ex-boyfriend. There were times when I was watching the show where he reminded me of the Phantom of the Opera. He would always tell Jessica to make her own choices, often putting her in complicated situations. Unlike I do with the Phantom, I feel no sympathy towards Kilgrave at all.Yet, I sympathize with villains such as Loki and Malcolm Merlyn, but they have a conscience.

The difference between Kilgrave and other villains I have watched on television is, he literally does not know right from wrong. He does not know what love is and blames his issues, as well as his powers on his parents. He does not believe he is evil, has no conscience or morals and thinks he has a poor, tragic life because he has to choose his words carefully. However, he is very smart and cunning.

Kilgrave is also the biggest wimp I have ever seen because he runs every time he gets the chance. He does not fight his own battles, usually keeping body guards and minions with him at all times. I do not think he can physically fight at all.

Kilgrave is also a snob who is picky about his food, criticizes people’s clothing and is very well dressed, always in purple. He is very rude and gets away with it due to his powers.

David Tennant (“Doctor Who,” “Gracepoint”) portrayed Kilgrave very beautifully. He put a lot of emotion into the character and was the best choice for the role. He made me want to feel bad for Kilgrave, but he also made him so evil, you do not want to root for him.

Tennant was the reason I watched the first season, but now I am hooked and cannot wait until season two. Great acting from the entire cast.

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“A Christmas Story- The Musical” review

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I saw the musical “A Christmas Story” in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Nov., 7, 2015. Like many, I had only seen the movie, so I did not know if the musical would be good or cheesy. Needless to say I was actually very impressed with it.

Based on the film of the same name, all Ralphie (Dylan Boyd/Myles Moore) wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB Gun and will do whatever it takes to get it. Starting on the first of Dec., he tries to convince his parents (Susannah Jones and Christopher Swan) that it is the perfect Christmas gift for him. From the phrase “You’ll shoot your eye out,” to bunny suits, it is a Christmas story to never forget.

Jean Shepard (Chris Carsten), who is a radio talk show host who narrates the story and he is is a part of the musical. He does not talk to the characters, but is more of an observer. It is like, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” when Harry is in Snape’s mind.

Carsten did a great job in the musical, he did not sing often, but he brought humor to the character.

Dylan Boyd or Miles Moore (both are alternates and I do not know who was on that night) was fantastic as Ralphie. He had a lot of energy and a great voice. One of his best songs was probably “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana” and “When You’re a Wimp” with Randy (Josh Turchin) and the rest of the kids in the cast.

Jones was good as the mother. She had a great voice, but her acting was mediocre. However, her best song was “What a Mother Does,” where the audience gets to hear and see how the character feels about being a mother, which is not something we see in the movie. The actress portrayed the character in a very motherly way and in a more loving manner than the film.

Swan as the Old Man was definitely one of the best in the cast . He had a great voice, great humor for the part and was a good dancer, as seen in “A Major Award,” a song about the character winning the infamous leg lamp, which had the audience applauding and cheering.

The entire cast in this musical was fantastic. The music was good and the sets were fitting, even if they were a little cheesy. The musical had talented kids, ensemble and was overall a feel good show. The children were also great dancers, especially in the song “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out.”

Overall the musical turned out to be a fun show to watch. It was great to see one of my favorite Christmas films come to life.