javy knows my name wrote:Who would you have cast instead? Not being argumentative, because I basically agree. But, what you describe in the first half of your character description is executed to a tee by Ritter, IMO. She's also the second half of that sentence; and I'm not sure one can be done without the other. Heroines are complex as horsefeathers in general, but she's an anti-heroine. I'm not sure our puny man-brains can take it. Every woman I've talked to about this show has loved it and doesn't see it this way.
I know I'm jumping here late, but I've come to realize that I love Jessica Jones' character so much because she's essentially the same character as Starbuck on the BSG reboot. Think about it for a second - the similarities are striking. The biggest differences are that she has superpowers, they're in space, and the other characters around her aren't as interesting as BSG.
I bolded the sentences above, because I think this is a big part of it. Even fairly enlightened men aren't used to seeing women that don't follow very simple tropes on TV. I mean, most male characters are oversimplified tropes too, but there and order of magnitude more of them. We've been fortunate enough to have enough complex male characters make it into pop culture for them not to seem weird.
A toast to Darrel Sink - a lifelong Cubs fan. You'll be missed.