Season 2 of Jessica Jones Proves She's Ahead of Her Time

Ruben Ruiz
March 9, 2018

I think I realized it somewhere in the middle of Netflix's mid team-up of Marvel's street-level heroes, The Defenders, last summer. The Season 2 trailers show Jessica still drinks to numb the pain of losing her entire family as a child (and from being tortured by Kilgrave as a young adult.) Luke Cage played a huge role in Jessica Jones Season 1, but don't expect him to be around much in Season 2.

Jessica Jones' highly anticipated second season is available to stream on Netflix now.

The show is being released on International Women's Day for a very good reason - it's a show created for and about women.

All 13 episodes were directed by women. The hit Netflix show returns for its second season just as those issues have come to dominate the cultural conversation, as exemplified by the #MeToo movement and the Time's Up initiative it inspired.

"Marvel's Jessica Jones" is never not a Marvel TV show, with all of what that implies - mushy plotting, convenient characterization, a slew of side characters with bizarrely complex biographies, and a preponderance of mysteriously vast and endlessly complex science-y conspiracies. Of the 13-episode series, only the first five were made available by Netflix for the goal of this review and each one of those was able to keep me interested in the current and excited about the next.

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The mystery woman with strength as powerful as Jessica is in fact, her mother. Coming into season two, there's a lot on her shoulders and mind.

"She is a girl that is marked by trauma". It doesn't necessarily matter that the narrative is strung together from seemingly disparate threads, or that pitting Jessica against her evil twin toes the line of cliché. She was and kept under the thumb of "Carl" (aka Carl Mollus), the doctor who helped pioneer the treatments. This, of course, is IGH. Her family was killed in a vehicle crash, she was experimented on and given superpowers, and brainwashed by Kilgrave, who did unspeakable things to her, which we saw in season one. What do you think of the season so far? It's also worth keeping an eye on Hogarth, not just for Carrie-Anne Moss' fantastic acting, but also because she feels like she's going to play a bigger part as more of this tale unfolds. That's essentially the plot of The Punisher, which was only at its juiciest when Frank was on screen. That means bringing in her new beau, and an assortment of trash individuals with a host of secret documents and whatever else is handed out in dark alleys.

Sure, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a place of aliens, mystical dimensions, and the Hulk, but the Netflix corner of that world is far closer to our own - right down to dismissing Marvel's The Avengers' Battle of NY as "The Incident". It's wonderful; they're practically different species.

With the action kept to a minimal again this time, the show only has a whodunit to keep things alive and interesting. "For now, Jessica Jones is focused on Jessica". (That's a longer story for another time.) They both live to fight another day.

Post-Kilgrave, Jessica's friend Trish (Rachael Taylor) is on a hell-bent mission to get serious-in essence to become the hero Jessica wishes she didn't have to be, only Trish's superpowers are celebrity, money, and a microphone.

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