One of my goals I set for March was to watch season #2 of Jessica Jones. Jessica Jones is my favorite “Defender” introduced thus far on Marvel’s Netflix series. The first season did a fantastic job wrestling with PTSD, rape and abuse. Season #2 is phenomenal although, not all fans agree with me. I have heard the criticisms regarding this season, but I am going to offer my opinion as to why I enjoyed this season as much as Kilgrave’s season.
This season focuses heavily on Jessica’s past. Season #1 ignored how she got her powers instead focusing on how Kilgrave tortured her. The beginning of season #2 shows Jessica drinking heavily, insulting Malcolm and trying to survive in NYC. She is approached by a man in a yellow coat claiming to have “powers” who believes someone is trying to kill him. Jessica unsurprisingly blows him off. When he dies in a terrible accident, Jessica starts to investigate and discovers a connection with IGH. IGH should be familiar as it was hinted at with Officer Simpson at the end of season #1.
Besides Jessica’s powers, we really see her relationship with Trish becoming more strained along with why Jessica named her PI business Alias Investigations. Additionally, Jessica meets her mother who apparently didn’t die in the car accident. Her mother gained powers through illegal experiments performed at IGH. Unfortunately for Jessica’s mother, she cannot control the people she kills and the anger she exhibits. Ultimately, Trish kills her in the last episode due to all of the crimes she committed.
One of the biggest criticisms for this show is there really isn’t a “big bad villain”. Kilgrave led season #1 while season #2 has Jessica’s mother. Karl Malus could be considered a villain, but his intentions are good. However, I want to argue the reason why season #2 is as great as season #1 is because of character development. Malcolm has a bigger role this season besides just being a drug addict controlled by Kilgrave. He takes charge of his future and eventually sticks up for himself telling Jessica he’s done being mistreated by her. He has a heart and even though Trish completely uses him, he still wants to make sure she’s okay.
Trish is one character who even though goes down the rabbit hole, I feel she is a strong character. I provided a link to an article regarding one particular scene in this current season: I don’t want to F*** Him, I want to Be Him. This post talks about a scene where Dorothy, Trish’s mother lures Trish to a restaurant to be proposed to by Griffin. Dorothy tells Trish a major news organization wants to meet with her in order to not hint to Trish about the marriage proposal. As Trish breaks up with Griffin she states, “I don’t want to fuck him, I want to be him.” She knows she’s not truly in love with him because she just wants his career. Trish is a professional woman who isn’t boy crazy and wants to save people by telling the news like it is instead of being a bubbly radio host talking about trends in clothing. Trish is a flawed character because of her past as a drug addict, but she knows what she wants in life.
One last thing I want to mention is I adore Jessica’s relationship with Oscar and his son Vido. Especially the end scene where Jessica has dinner with the two of them and talks about her day. She isn’t in a good place mentally so instead of drinking her sorrows like her usual, she spends time with them.
Season #2 of Jessica Jones has a different vibe from Kilgrave’s season, but I loved it. The acting is incredible, the scenery of NYC is gorgeous and I love how each episode is directed by a woman. Binge watch this if you can, it’s worth it.