The Superhero Effect

Hey TV fanatics! I don’t know about you guys but I don’t consider myself to be a big superhero fan or expert, I get confused with all the alternate universes and the different characters.

I’ve seen some big blockbuster movies like, Spiderman (Maguire and Garfield), The Avengers (only the first one), Thor (again, only the first) and most recently Deadpool, which I actually really enjoyed.

I’ve also never read a comic book in my life, which would probably help to understand everything that goes on in the DC and Marvel universes.

But…with that being said, I have grown to like and obsess about some of TV’s superhero-based series. Of course, it’s typical of me to like something more when it’s on TV than when it’s in theatres.

Let me tell you about my two superhero obsessions, Jessica Jones and Supergirl and how I binged their first seasons in under a week.

 


Jessica Jones (Netflix Original)

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Jessica Jones is an original Netflix series that premiered November 20, 2015 and has been renewed for a second season.

Krysten Ritter stars as the title character from Marvel, a former superhero who opens a detective agency after an end to her superhero career.

The show’s dark tone is really different from any superhero movie (not that I’ve seen much) I’ve seen. The show’s approach to sexual assault, sexuality and PTSD is very real and gritty, which I really like.

Anyone with a good heart and happens to have superpowers wants and needs to be helping people, and when Jessica’s superhero career ends abruptly the only way she can continue helping others is to become a private detective.

She’s rough around the edges, so her alcoholism and her dry and sarcastic sense of humor help to deal with her troubled past and her PTSD.

Since I’m not familiar with these characters, I can’t tell you if the actors do a good job of portraying them true to the comics, but I can certainly tell you that there’s not one bad actor on this series. With Carie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth, a powerful and somewhat manipulative lawyer, and the incredible David Tennant as Kilgrave, a mind controller and Jessica’s prime enemy, you can’t go wrong.

It’s a dark, real, gritty and sarcastic series, with a tone not unlike the old black and white detective-mystery films.You’ll find yourself caught in this world pretty quickly and you’ll be kinda sad when it’s over.

It’s a very “bingeable” series, with only 13 episodes all on Netflix. I strongly recommend it!

Supergirl (CBS/Global)

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Supergirl is an action-drama based on the DC Comics character Supergirl (Kara Zor-El). Unlike Jessica Jones, this series has a lighter tone to it, but still deals with major themes and events.

Melissa Benoist stars as Kara Zor-El, an alien from the planet Krypton who was sent to Earth after her planet was destroyed and her family with it. Her pod was thrown off-course in the blast, and she wandered in a “Phantom Zone” where time didn’t exist, for 13 years. When she finally arrived on Earth her cousin known as Superman, was saving the world and she found herself without a purpose.

The series starts when the awkward and clumsy Kara Danvers (a surname she gained from her adoptive family), is forced to reveal her powers when her adoptive sister Alex Danvers (played by Chyler Leigh) is trapped on a plane engulfed in flames.

Now that her real identity has been revealed, Kara becomes Supergirl and starts her superhero career.

The show follows Kara/Supergirl’s missions to save National City, her personal struggles with her past and her family, and her journey to find her purpose in a world where humans don’t all appreciate outsiders.

After hiding her powers for over a decade Kara gets to really realize and rejoice in her potential and her strength. The show is not full of cynicism like Jessica Jones (though the cynicism in Jessica Jones is appropriate), Supergirl is full of heart and hope.

Supergirl airs every Monday on CBS (Global in Canada), a second season hasn’t been confirmed yet, but I’m pretty sure it’ll get one. 🙂


 

That’s it for my superhero overload! Tune in next week for more TV news!

Thanks for reading.

-Marika

 

 

 

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