When House of Cards hit Netflix a few years back, it became clear that audiences were changing the way they consumed media. No longer were they checking into a program week-by-week. Instead, the proliferation of DVD box sets had conditioned them to binge season after season a series, allowing them to get a more cohesive experience than ever before. Netflix capitalized on this, and began the unique strategy of releasing full seasons of a show all at once.
Nowadays, most expect their content to drop all at once, and it’s become more of an exception to see a show have a week-by-week release on a streaming service than it is the rule. The Marvel Netflix shows have greatly benefited by this approach, making their shows feel more like complete narratives than one-offs. We don’t expect that to change any time soon, and if we are to believe actress Krysten Ritter, that feeling may get further amplified in the upcoming season of Jessica Jones.
Speaking with Rotten Tomatoes, when asked if fans should watch the next season slowly or just full-on binge it, Ritter said:
“I feel like it’s a binge show big time. This season maybe even more so than last. Even as I’m getting the episodes and reading them on the page, they ramp up so much at the end that it’s kinda hard to not want to just dive into the next one! So maybe try and savor it, but be prepared to cancel your weekend plans?”
Again, given the narrative strengths of the Marvel shows so far, this is no surprise. While DC and The CW have definitely taken an approach that focuses more on the episodic nature of the medium, Marvel’s Netflix shows have always been more about story.
This quote from Ritter also gives audiences a bit of an update on the status on the show. Yesterday, we found out that The Punisher would be hitting the streaming service this November, and as such, it seemed unlikely that Jessica Jones Season 2 would hit in 2017. More and more it sounds like it may take an early 2018 release spot, where Daredevil usually is, and where Iron Fist was earlier this year.
However, for all we know, it may even get January or February release, still leaving room for the long-awaited Daredevil Season 3. They may even push Daredevil to a mid-year release. We’ll have to wait and see.
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SOURCE: Rotten Tomatoes