What started of as one of the most promising takes on a major comic book character on television has slowly slid into a lesser show with limited prospects. When Arrow started, it was the only show of its kind about and I drank it up, now it has a lot of competiion, made even worse by the fact that It has told almost the same story four times in a row.
I used to think that every new entry into Marvel’s Cinematic universe needed to change the game. I’d be disappointed if I came out of one of their movies and some game changing event hadn’t happened, something that would send ripples throughout all following productions. As the shared universe has grown and spiderwebbed out into more compartmentalised stories, I’ve come to realise that this was a silly thing to expect. That’s not to say that some things that come from Marvel probably should have more far reaching consequences than they end up showing.
The Netflix produced Marvel series have fast become a highlight of the superhero yearly calendar for me. Both the first season of Daredevil and Jessica Jones knocked all other competition out of the park in terms of their story, tone and production quality. It was a given that I was itching to see season two of Daredevil as soon as I possibly could.
I wasn’t disappointed either. While a much less focused series than the first, the story is spread out amongst three primary characters in Daredevil, The Punisher and Elektra. This has the benefit of adding two new fantastic interpretations of known Marvel characters to the series. It’s not without flaws though, as the final few episodes of the series lack a solid goal or antagonist to rally against, especially considering the strength of the finales of the previous two Netflix series.
Bleak, gritty and brutal, Marvel’s Jessica Jones is a much darker story from the Marvel Cinematic Universe that shows that it isn’t always possible to be a hero in the light and that sometimes, you need to become a monster in order to stop one.
Superheroes are on television as much as they are in the cinema now, with new seasons of shows based on both Marvel and DC properties right around the corner. There are a lot of hopes and expectations on them to keep up the momentum of the previous series (The Flash, Agents of Shield) or to make up for past mistakes. (Arrow.)