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Trivia / Jessica Jones (2015)

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For the comic, see Trivia/JessicaJones

  • Approval of God: Brian Michael Bendis saw the rough cuts of a few episodes, which he showered with praise.
  • The Danza: Wil Traval plays Will Simpson (only one more "l" in the first name).
  • Dear Negative Reader: Played for Laughs - the show's Twitter is a Character Blog, and given how Jessica is, there's always snarking at negative assessments.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Krysten Ritter directed the season 3 episode "A.K.A You're Welcome".
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  • Dueling Shows: With Supergirl (2015) - they debuted roughly a month apart, and both star a superpowered woman. Jessica Jones is much darker, though.
  • Fake American:
    • Trish (Rachael Taylor), Malcolm (Eka Darville), and Simpson (Wil Traval) are all played by Australian actors.
    • Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss), Pryce Cheng (Terry Chen), and Inez (Leah Gibson) are all played by Canadians.
    • English born Janet McTeer as Alisa Jones and Sarita Choudhury as Kith Lyonne.
  • Fake Brit:
    • Kilgrave is played as English by the Scottish David Tennant.
    • Australian Michael Siberry as Albert Thompson.
  • In Memoriam: Season three ends with a dedication to Stan Lee. Ironic, given that Stan had nothing to do with Jessica Jones.
  • Jossed:
    • After the renewal for a second season, Melissa Rosenberg revealed that despite Kilgrave's habit of coming back to life in the comics, he's off the show for good. Subverted somewhat, as he does reappear in season 2 as hallucinations that Jessica has after accidentally killing Dale.
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    • With Will Simpson's abrupt death in the second episode of season 2, any chance of him getting to be full-fledged Nuke for Daredevil (2015) season 3 is toast.
    • Before the release of Season 2, it became widely believed that the Daredevil villain Typhoid Mary would be the main villain of the show, to the point that most articles reporting about casting for Season 2 largely revolved around speculating about the character and including images of her as the main image used in the article (which started much smaller than this, with the movie and TV news web series That Hashtag Show just mentioning Typhoid Mary as a possibility and it snowballing from there with viewers). Then Season 2 came out and no trace of Mary was anywhere to be seen, let alone having her as the main villain. Much of this stemmed from speculation surrounding what ultimately turned out to have just been the casting call for Inez Green, but even that was a real stretch since all it described was a "streetwise nurse". Mary would later be revealed to be appearing in Iron Fist, played by Alice Eve. So people were barking up the wrong tree.
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  • Meaningful Release Date: Season 2 of the show was released on March 8, 2018, which is International Women's Day.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: Some of the teasers, a few of clearly comedic nature. "Good Morning" has Jessica not reacting well to an alarm, and "Nightcap" has her putting an appropriate soundtrack to take her last whiskey shot.
  • Name's the Same:
    • Averted. Presumably the reason the show is called Jessica Jones and not Alias is to avoid confusion with the other show by that name.
    • Once Kilgrave's real name is revealed as Kevin Thompson, you may start thinking of a very different character from Daria. At least Kilgrave never tries to insist that he's the QB.
    • Sadly, Hope Schlottman is Killed Off for Real before the MCU would debut Hope van Dyne.
  • The Other Darrin: Jessica's mother Alisa changes actresses between seasons. The show even gives a justification: she was downright flayed by the car crash and the reconstructive surgery resulted in a whole new face.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • The usually lovable David Tennant as the murderous and slimy Mind Rapist Kilgrave. The portrayal of the character relies on Tennant's own charm and natural likability from his Doctor Who days, so it's not too surprising.
    • People who primarily remember Eka Darville from his Power Rangers days are probably going to be shocked to see him as a drug-addicted Mole for Kilgrave.
  • Queer Character, Queer Actor: In season 3, Jessica's trangender assistant Gillian is played by transgender actress Aneesh Sheth.
  • Saved from Development Hell: The show had a lengthy and tumultuous production cycle; it was first announced back in 2010 and was supposed to air on ABC, but a number of issues (mostly regarding the dark subject matter) resulted in it only being rescued once Netflix picked up the show.
  • Star-Making Role: For Krysten Ritter. She was already somewhat well known from Breaking Bad and Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, but this will likely be remembered as the show that made her a star.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Alexandra Daddario, Jessica De Gouw, Teresa Palmer, and Marin Ireland screen-tested for the role of Jessica Jones before Krysten Ritter was cast.
    • Jim Carrey was the original choice for the part of Kilgrave before the casting of David Tennant.
    • Carol Danvers was originally going to appear as a supporting character, but this went out the window due to potential complications with the then-upcoming Captain Marvel film. Trish Walker was given her role as Jessica's best friend instead.
    • The world of the show was originally going to be closer to that of the comic, with superheroes already being a well known and established part of the universe and superpowers being much more ubiquitous. This was changed to match the more subdued Marvel Cinematic Universe, where for the most part, the only publicly known superheroes at the time were the Avengers and Daredevil. Although, the public is at least aware that there are more "gifted" individuals than just the aforementioned ones.
    • Originally Jessica Jones was due to be introduced into the MCU via the One Shots before the show was released, with a script written by Drew Pearce.
    • The writers were setting up Will Simpson to become his supervillain identity of Daredevil villain Nuke in Season 2, but the writers had no idea where to fit it within the plot of season 2. So they opted for Simpson being brought Back for the Dead.
  • Working Title:
    • The show went from being called Jessica Jones to AKA Jessica Jones, and back to Jessica Jones again.
    • Episodes 10 and 12 were originally titled "AKA The Kumbaya Circle Jerk" and "AKA Jewel and the Power Man", but were renamed to "AKA 1000 Cuts" and "AKA Take a Bloody Number" respectively. Episode 10 does use the old name in dialogue by Robyn, while Episode 12 had to obviously be renamed to avoid spoilers.


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