“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.


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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