Even in my critiques of “Jessica Jones” I always make sure to point out that the conflict driving the plot is an excellent one, a terrific cat and mouse thriller: Jessica Jones needs to find a way to catch Kilgrave and prove that he can control people with the sound of his voice, except that she can’t get within earshot of him, can’t allow anyone else to get within earshot of him (at least, if other people get within earshot of him he can’t know they’re onto him), and can’t kill him (if she kills him, an innocent woman goes to prison for the rest of her life). This is a great idea! It’s a fine concept for a show.
Okay, let’s do a sudden gear shift. Recently, after Declan Finn’s review of the anime, I finally got around to taking a look at “Death Note” (the manga; I find the anime a little too histrionic for my liking). It is fascinating, essentially a “Dial M for Murder” Alfred Hitchcock style thriller that just so happens to have death gods in it. It is – at least at first – also a classic cat and mouse thriller between a mysterious Interpol detective who goes only by L and Light, a genius level high school student. Continue reading