Up to episode 8 now. Really liking this now (not quite finished the ep now), with Killgrave playing house with Jessica allowing both actors to explore the relationship between their characters fully. Tennant’s having fun here, and being genuinely good.
it was time though. I thought the episodes before that were treading water, with “99 Friends”'s plot being a bit too silly, “You’re a Winner!” a bit tedious and “Top Shelf Parents”'s plot of Jessica suddenly deciding she wants to go to supermax just being too stupid a decision to buy. The scene with Killgrave showing up at the police station was great though.
It’s a shame, but the super-powered moments mostly really aren’t done very well. Well, Killgrave’s powers are genuinely scary, but the physical side of things… I think I get what they’re aiming for here - that this isn’t Daredevil; that these people all haven’t learned kung fu or something but that the fights are supposed to be more out of control and chaotic, but… it’s mostly Jessica and Luke throwing people around. The fights are all just big brawls that aren’t really well done; there is no dramatic structure and nothing very interesting to look at. After series like Burn Notice, Person of Interest, Daredevil and Banshee, it just feel like they didn’t think to properly invest into this side of things, and that’s a bit of a shame. I mean, it’s not that fighty a show, but at the same time there’s just too much fighting for it to be boring.
I mean… look:
Compare this to Jessica fighting her way out of that family’s house in, uh, episode three or four. That should’ve had a vibe like this one, but didn’t really, because Banshee is interested in making these fights look as good and feel as visceral as possible. A lot of it is in the camera work and the editing, too, not just the choreography.