A sneak peek at Marvel’s Jessica Jones season 2 (review)

Marvel’s Jessica Jones

This is a spoiler-free review of the first five episodes from the second season of Jessica Jones. Tune in for more reviews release day on March 8th! 

Jessica Jones is back and she’s angry.

Known as one of the most powerful superheroes, Jessica Jones is also one of the most complex and damaged characters, having suffered through abuse and trauma and never confronting it. In the trailer, we see Jessica (Krysten Ritter) at an anger management session, revealing just what she’s angry about, as she flashbacks to her past. “I’ll start at the beginning. My whole family was killed in a car accident. Someone did horrific experiments on me. I was abducted, raped, and forced to kill someone… and I’m in here bouncing a goddamn ball.”

This season, the story explores Jessica’s past, which Jessica -herself- doesn’t want to relive, but is forced to when she learns there are others like her, and they are being hunted. Honestly, it’s difficult to beat the first season of Jessica Jones, especially with Jessica’s emotional story of abuse and survival at the hands of David Tennant’s Killgrave. With the death of Killgrave in the first season, however, the second season left a void in who Jessica was up against, and the first five episodes that were provided to us didn’t really tell us much. We do have an antagonist in Pryce Chang (Terry Chen), a rival private investigator who wants to buy out Alias Investigations. But, truthfully, he serves no point to the series other than being misogynistic and annoying, ultimately  becoming a punching bag to our superheroine.

We are also introduced to the mysterious character, played by White Queen‘s Janet McTeer, who seems to know more about Jessica’s past and the other “supes.” It’s hard to judge whether she is a villain or trying to help in the end. We could have another Sigourney Weaver’s Alexandra situation (from Marvel’s Defenders) on our hand to hide us from the real villain, which could still be Killgrave, if we are judging from the news reports and trailer. *Please note, there was no sign of Killgrave in the episodes provided.*

This season does heavily rely on the support team – Malcolm (Eka Darville) and Trish (Rachael Taylor) – to push Jessica into solving the origin of her powers. Malcolm requests more of the workload from Alias Investigations and Trish is willing to do anything to break the story on the corporation behind Jessica’s powers, even if it means digging into her own horrific past. Their moments are great but easily forgettable, including a #MeToo moment that should have been explored more.

Ritter is still a delight as the destructive heroine, one who is able to balance the sarcasm and the traumatic pain the character goes through on a daily basis. They just need to provide the character with a rival that is equal to hers. Of course, Marvel’s problem has always been having a great story, but stretching it real thin. The first five episodes are slow to discover anything, but with eight more episodes to burn through, we could finally see some of the action and emotions we loved from the first season.

Jessica Jones second season returns on March 8th on Netflix.

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