Jessica Jones --one of Hollywood's most accurate private investigator portrayals--- brings all female directors to season 2
By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
NY Mag just announced that Jessica Jones' season 2 will have an all female director lineup.
This is unusual for Hollywood where, according to the Directors Guild of America (DGA) female directors are outnumbered by male directors 84% to 16%. That's about the same as the disparity between female private investigators and male private investigators in the United States. Although no comprehensive study has been done on gender disparity among private investigators, PI Magazine estimated that 15% of the approximate 60,000 private investigators in the United States are women.
The choice to go with an all-female director lineup is just one of many extraordinary things about the "groundbreaking show that’s delved into topics most mainstream shows — never mind Marvel properties — eschew, such as post-traumatic-stress disorder, sexual assault, and the complexity of female friendship" reports Jenni Miller in NY Magazines' The Cut.
At the end of 2015, one of MileHiPI's Pursuit Mag contributions (we have a content partnership) praised Jessica Jones for its portrayal of the private investigator world. "With the exception of the superhero stuff -ie- psychopathic mind-control villain, gunfire, fistfights, massive property damage, and high frequency of self-inflicted death & dismemberment" the show actually managed to maintain the day to day functions of a private investigator with refreshing accuracy. This is no small feat given how rampant Hollywood mis-portrayals are.
"Jones isn’t an alpha Magnum, PI or a Charlie’s Angel with unlimited wardrobe combinations. She’s a chronic underachiever struggling to earn a living, and sometimes, to just get through the day. She relies on a visualization exercise to manage symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, and she drinks herself to oblivion."
Netflix’s Jessica Jones show runner, Melissa Rosenberg brought humanity to a character whose work ethic requires that she "throws herself full-force into her work, uncovering evidence of cheating spouses and tracking down missing persons. Jones trivializes no one and is fiercely protective of her friends and clients. She will stop at nothing to find the answers" and we can't wait to see the results of Rosenberg's decision to use an all female lineup of directors in season 2.
If you've already binged your way through season 1 of Jessica Jones (as we have and as most of the show's fans probably have by this point) and can't wait for season 2, we recommend the Jessica Jones spinoff, Luke Cage if you need to get your Marvel beta hero fix before then.
Although no private investigators are featured in Luke Cage there is police detective, Misty Knight.
Scriptwriters that know how to pay homage to their film noir origins will make the series worth your while, as this exchange between Luke and Pop exemplifies:
Pop: Where are you from, Luke?
Pop: You ain't from no Chicago. Where are you from, really?
Luke: Savannah, Georgia.
Pop: Alright, country boy. You know how the wind feels fluffy like you could stuff it into a pillow case right before a thunderstorm? Harlem's the same. Trouble smells a certain way like you could touch it.
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