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Jessica Jones Turns Out the Lights for Marvel at Netflix

ALSO: Murder Mystery, Los Espookys, Jett, Too Old to Die Young, and more
  • Krysten Ritter stars in Jessica Jones (Netflix)
    Krysten Ritter stars in Jessica Jones (Netflix)

    At this point, having Jessica Jones premiere its final season on Netflix is a bit like phantom limb pain asserting itself. It was only four short years ago that Daredevil premiered as Marvel's first Netflix series, promising an expansive world that would run parallel to (and, many of us hoped, possibly intersect with) the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Four years later, that experiment is over. None of the characters from Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage or Iron Fist ever crossed over to the MCU, and one by one they've each been cancelled, apparent victims of Marvel parent Disney turning from a Netflix partner to a rival.

    Jessica Jones was always the strongest of the Netflix Marvel shows. Less concerned with mythology than with character building, the show took an uncommonly strong central character and a great performer in Krysten Ritter, and imbued her with great relationships with the likes of best pal Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor) and frenemy lawyer Jerri Hogarth (Carrie Ann Moss). It's also always had the strongest villains. The Marvel shows may as well have been walking zombies on Netflix for several months now, but it won't take much convincing to coax us back to one more run with Jessica.

    FINAL SEASON: The third and final season of Jessica Jones appears to be quite a bit more streamlined, with Jessica (Krysten Ritter) and Trish (Rachael Taylor) trying to patch their fractured friendship so they can take on a criminal psychopath played by Russian Doll's Jeremy Bobb and represented by, that's right, Jerri Hogarth (Carrie Ann Moss). Damn it, Hogarth, every time! Streaming on Netflix

    WORLD PREMIERE: Netflix's relationship with Adam Sandler barrels on this week, as he co-stars with Jennifer Aniston in the mystery/comedy Murder Mystery. If you miss the days when TV sitcoms would every once in a while indulge in a game of Murder She Wrote-esque whodunnit in an exotic locale (in this case, a Medeterranian cruise), this movie is for you. Sandler plays an off-duty cop and Aniston  his wifes, and they're both the only Americans on the cruise and are being framed for the killing. This all sounds promising, especially with veteran Hollywood screenwriter James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) on the script. Even the trailer is maybe in on the joke, with its"Sandler and Aniston are back in action!" bombast. (Sandler and Aniston, having previously co-starred in the comedy dud Just Go with It, have decidedly never been in action.) Streaming on Netflix

    SEASON PREMIERE: While the premise of Jett doesn't win any points for originality — a notorious thief just out of prison gets sucked back into The Life — any show that puts Carla Gugino front and center for stylish crime gets our attention. 10:00 PM ET on Cinemax

    SERIES PREMIERE: HBO's Spanish-language comedy starring Fred Armisen and co-creators Julio Torres and Ana Fabrega, Los Espookys, focuses on a group of people who provide pop-up horror-themed parties. The premise feels just Party Down enough to be incredibly intriguing, and Julio Torres is worth checking out in all instances. 11:00 PM ET on HBO


    • Too Old to Die Young is Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn's first big foray into television. It stars Miles Teller as a detective who moonlights as a killer for hire, which sounds like a real full-service industry. Streaming on Amazon Prime
    • 16 Shots is a documentary from director Rick Rowley (Dirty Wars) about the 2014 shooting of a 17-year-old by Chicago police. 9:00 PM ET on Showtime
    • American Masters turns its lens to acclaimed writer Terrence McNally, the 80-year-old playwright behind such shows like Love! Valour! Compassion! and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. 9:00 PM ET on PBS

    Joe Reid is the senior writer at Primetimer and co-host of the This Had Oscar Buzz podcast. His work has appeared in Decider, NPR, HuffPost, The Atlantic, Slate, Polygon, Vanity Fair, Vulture, The A.V. Club and more.

    TOPICS: Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Jett, Los Espookys, Too Old To Die Young