Separated at Birth?

Jessica Jones and Supergirl are tonally such different shows that it’s easy to miss the similarities between them; but once you do notice them, they turn out to be pretty pervasive. (Note: SPOILERS for both shows.)

You’ve got the superpowered protagonist who lost her parents and has recently lacked the confidence to make full use of her powers …

Their expressions really do sum up the difference between the shows.

Their expressions really do sum up the difference between the shows.

… her closest confidant and foster sister …


… who has serious mom issues …


… a costume based on the comics but rejected by the tv character as too revealing …


… a dweeby admirer …


… and a studly love interest …


… whose former partner makes everything complicated …


… a snide and creepily obsessive archenemy with snappy dress sense …


… a high-powered professional who’s arrogant, self-centered, and ruthless, but still somehow sympathetic …


… but not sympathetic enough to prevent a vengeful woman’s trying to kill her …


… plus, finally, a government guy who’s a villain in the comics yet seems like an ally here, though he definitely has something to hide:


5 Responses to Separated at Birth?

  1. Roderick November 28, 2015 at 11:58 pm #

    On the other hand, if you want to read something actually intelligent and insightful about Jessica Jones, go read Jane Campbell’s review on Phil Sandifer’s blog.

  2. Brandon November 30, 2015 at 8:05 am #

    Is there a character on both shows that’s crusty but benign?

    • Roderick November 30, 2015 at 9:45 pm #

      On Jessica Jones that might describe the main character.

      • Roderick December 1, 2015 at 1:14 am #

        And on Supergirl, I guess that would be Kara’s boss Cat Grant.

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