From the Queue // Jessica Jones & iZombie

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! It was pretty cold in Minneapolis, so Little One and I spent the weekend hiding out from the cold with coffee (for me) and books. Although, hiding out from the cold was probably more for my benefit. Little One appeared to enjoy our jaunts outside, while I shivered as I watched her roll in the snow.

Reviews of the first seasons of Jessica Jones & iZombie. // dreams-etc.com

I’ve watched a couple of TV shows this month and I thought I’d talk about them today. Have you watched either of these? What were your thoughts?

// Jessica Jones

This is one of Netflix’s new shows, about a woman with a special power who doesn’t want to be a superhero. She’s traumatized by something in her past and works as a PI until her past catches up with her.

I… have mixed feelings about this one. I liked it a lot at the beginning, but then it got a bit too violent for me. Here’s what I loved:

  • The suspense. One thing that kept me interested was knowing that something happened, but not knowing what. They revealed snapshots in a super creepy way that caught me by surprise. It worked really well to build the suspense. I couldn’t turn away for awhile, because I wanted to know what would happen next.
  • The characters. I grew attached to so many of them and was on the edge of my seat sometimes as I waited for what would happen next.
  • The villain. I guess this was a love that turned a little lukewarm. He’s a terrifying villain because of his ability and I seriously wondered if anyone actually had any hope of stopping him. But as the series went on, I found parts of his story to be a little lacking.

What I didn’t like… the violence was a bit much, for me at least. I know this won’t be true for everyone. I went from not being able to turn away from the screen to not actually watching. I’d work on things while listening and look up when it sounded safe to watch.

That being said, I continued watching (well, listening) because I had to know what was going to happen and I’ll definitely tune in for season two.

// iZombie

When a medical student with a promising future is turned into a zombie, she starts working at a morgue so that she has access to the brains that will help her keep some semblance of humanity.

I’ve had this in my queue since it was “new on Netflix” and a friend finally convinced me that I should watch it sooner rather than later. I was hooked after the first episode! I wasn’t surprised when I saw Rob Thomas’s name in the credits, although I was surprised it took a few episodes for me to notice. What I loved:

  • The characters. Liv, Ravi, Major… I loved them all. Liv is a fantastic heroine. I love that she’s making the best of becoming a zombie, but that she also struggles with her existence. I mean, who wouldn’t? It makes her relatable. I love her friendship with Ravi and their banter. I loved that there’s awkwardness and tension in some of the relationships that would be strained based on what has happened, but I still felt the love between the characters, like with Liv and Major and Liv and her roommate. I even grew so attached to some of the side characters that I’ve already had my heart broken once by this show.
  • The crime-solving. I love shows about people who solve crimes, but sometimes they start to feel the same. This show definitely has a unique angle and feels different than anything else out there.
  • The writing. This show was able to make me laugh, draw me into the action, and break my heart… sometimes all in the same episode.

WHAT HAVE YOU WATCHED RECENTLY?

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Bethany
    January 18, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    I’ve watched Jessica Jones and I totally agree, I too faded out because it just got kind of gross :/ I like Izombie better actually!!

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    Mia
    January 18, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    I haven’t seen either of these shows, but have heard that they were good. Definitely adding them to my queue. 🙂 Right now, I’m watching Peaky Blinders on Netflix. It’s surprisingly good, despite the weird name, haha. 🙂 Hope you’re staying warm!

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    Michelle | Pop Culture Cottage
    January 18, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Great post! I did not care for Jessica Jones but for different reasons. I would love if you checked out my review and let me know what you think.

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    Chrissy
    January 18, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    I haven’t really watched iZombie, yet, but I feel the same way about Jessica Jones!
    Hope your weekend was wonderful and the week started out on a positive note for you! xxx

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    Nicole Escat
    January 19, 2016 at 10:21 am

    I should check this out and see. These really sounds great 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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    Annie
    January 19, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    My husband is super into super heroes and is dying to watch Jessica Jones! I’m not one for a lot of violence so I’m not sure this show would work for me! I like the way you outlined your review though!

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    Alanna @ Alanna & Company
    January 19, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I was iffy about Jessica Jones, too. I was okay with the violence, but I became bored with the same villain coming back every single time. I wish they had switched it up a bit more.

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    Channing
    January 19, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    I tried watching Jessica Jones, but for some reason I just couldn’t get into it. I may go back later this weekend and re-watch it again and see if I like it.

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    Alissia Haggard
    January 20, 2016 at 4:49 am

    I have heard good things about both of these! Am interested in checking them out 🙂

  • Reply
    Theresa
    January 20, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    iZombie is my favorite! Thanks for sharing this. I can’t wait for the next episode.

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