Jessica Jones: Feminist Noir

The Spectatorial

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In my line of work, you gotta know when to walk away. But some cases just won’t let you go…”

Jessica Jones,Marvel’s second outing with Netflix following Daredevil, arrived on November 20 at 3am EST. Needless to say, an hour later I had finished the pilot, and a day later, I dried my eyes as the credits rolled on episode thirteen.

There is a lot to unpack here. Jessica (Krysten Ritter) is the culmination of almost a century of noir detective stories. She’s a hard-boiled, keen, alcoholic sleuth, giving monologues about cases over the sounds of smooth jazz and a glass of whiskey in the dead of night in New York City. Even the opening lines, “New York may be the city that never sleeps, but it sure sleeps around,”would have felt at home in such films as The Maltese Falcon or, indeed, City that…

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