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Jessica Jones: What Do The Music And Time Mean In The Teasers?

We’re under two months away from getting to Marvel’s next Netflix series Jessica Jones, and we have yet to see any actual show footage. However, Netflix released a new teaser that, like the first one, firmly sets a mood and hints at what we can expect to see. The two teasers also share specific timestamps and music that have us wondering what the significance is. Check the newest one out below!

Feel free to take a second to geek out on what looks like it was a pretty hardcore bar brawl, with only one woman left standing, and that woman definitely likes to get her drink on. But aside from the booze and the brutality, we want to know what’s up with the time and the song. The teaser starts out by letting us know this melee took place in the minutes just prior to 7:54 p.m. It tells us that Jessica Jones likes to work at night, certainly, and that she doesn’t wait until everyone is trashed before picking a fight. But is that all it means?

And then there’s the song she plays on the temporarily malfunctioning jukebox. It’s Joan Jett’s hit “Bad Reputation,” which came out on the album of the same name in 1980. The lyrics taken at face value certainly describe the central superhero-turned-detective, but does the importance factor go deeper than that? We assume it has nothing to do with Freaks and Geeks, but we can hope.

This is the second song we hear Jessica listening to that’s more than 30 years old, and on an old school jukebox that is far older than modern digital jukeboxes. If you’ll recall, the first teaser had a timestamp of 2:59 p.m. and had the 1975 song “Lovin’ You” coming out of a non-digital alarm clock that immediately gets crushed into pieces. I was under the impression that Jessica Jones takes place in current times, allowing it to cross over with Daredevil, but then that show also felt like it had a more timeless feel to it. (Particularly the scenes with young Matt and his boxer dad.) At this point, we expect the next teaser will have her listening to Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City” on a Walkman.

And while we’re talking about oddities shared by the teasers, how about the fact that neither one of them show us Jessica’s face? I get that the tagline for the show wants us to “know her name,” which is fine. But I also want to recognize her face. And I also want to see David Tenant’s Kilgrave in action, while I’m making requests.

Set yourself up with a bunch of clocks and a sweet sound system when Jessica Jones makes its world premiere on Netflix on Friday, November 20.

Nick Venable

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.