3 New TV Shows to Checkout: Jessica Jones, Man in the High Castle, Into the Badlands

Tis the season….to checkout some new tv shows while stuck in the house for the holidays. So if you want to hide upstairs from your family and binge watch some tv, here are my picks for you to checkout.

1) Jessica Jones (Netflix)

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Everyone is talking about Netflix’ new Marvel tv show, Jessica Jones starring Krysten Ritter. The show follows Jessica Jones, a private investigator/ former superhero with some impressive strength powers living in Hell’s Kitchen. Jessica is trying to reboot her life but a mysterious figure from her past named Kilgrave (played by David Tennant) is haunting her.  

Jessica Jones is a dark, gritty show that explores the abusive relationship between Jessica and Kilgrave. Kilgrave has the ability of mind control and uses it frequently to make people do his bidding. He has controlled Jessica’s mind in the past and the memories of which have haunted her.

The show also introduces Luke Cage played by Mike Colter.  Luke Cage is another superhero from the Marvel universe. Luke Cage has his own set of powers including unbreakable skin. In the show, he shares a very steamy relationship with Jessica Jones (and I do mean STEAMY).

I think Netflix and Marvel have hit another home run with Jessica Jones. Krysten Ritter does a wonderful job portraying Jessica Jones. Jessica Jones is not your typical wholesome superhero. She drinks a lot, is sarcastic, and sometimes she does questionable things (cue the hospital scene with Malcolm). But in her core, she is trying to do the right thing, which is to stop Kilgrave. Speaking of Kilgrave, David Tennant does a scary perfect job in the role. I have to say the show really picked up the pace when you finally do get to meet Kilgrave! I have to say both Daredevil and Jessica Jones does a great job digging in deeper with their villains. The villains in both shows are not one sided and I appreciate that.

I am interested to see how they will tie this show into the Defenders. The Defenders will be another Netflix Marvel tv show featuring Jessica Jones, Luck Cage, Daredevil and Iron Fist. At the end of Jessica Jones, you do meet one of the characters from Daredevil and I believe this character will bridge the two together. Once again Marvel has done a wonderful job in separating the stories at first; so that we can get to know these characters before bringing them together.

 

2) Man in the High Castle (Amazon)

Man in the High Castle is an Amazon original tv series based on the 1962 novel by Philip K. Dick. The idea that really drew me into this show is what would the world be like if the Axis Powers won World War II? Cue the map above. The Nazis have taken over the eastern part of the United States and Japan has taken over the west coast. The middle is the neutral zone. The show is in the historical fantasy genre.

The show begins with two people obtaining news reels that show what actually happened at the end of World War II (the Ally Powers winning). This opens up the show to so many levels like alternate realities. There are a lot of twists and turns in the show. You are sometimes not sure which side someone is on. I’m still not done with season one, but I want to keep watching to see where did the new reels come from and who is the man in the high castle.

 

3) Into the Badlands (AMC)

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In a world with no guns….we get some kick-ass fight choreography. I’m game! Seriously, I was watching Into the Badlands thinking “Why don’t we see more shows with awesome kung fu?!” With only two episodes online right now, Into the Badlands has some of the most gorgeous fight scenes I’ve ever seen on television.

The story line is also very interesting. A prodigiously skilled warrior named Sunny (played by Daniel Wu) mentors a teenage boy named M.K. The two go on a journey across a feudal civilization known as the Badlands. The Badlands is ruled by rival barons for decades. Sadly this is only a six episode series. I hope we see more of it (or similar) in the future.

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