Jessica Jones, Season Two.
I’m a big fan of the Marvel Netflix universe. The first season of Jessica Jones managed to take a D-list Marvel heroine and make her interesting, with one of the best villains that live-action Marvel has seen so far. There are big shoes to fill, as Jessica Jones season two hits Netflix. I binged 13 hours straight and here are my thoughts.
Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) ended season one by killing her major enemy Kilgrave (David Tennant) and now she’s free to live her life, but why is she still unhappy? She’s attempting to get back into the groove of being a Private Investigator, alongside her new associate Malcolm (Eka Darville). Her friend Trish (Rachael Taylor) is obsessed with finding answers though and continues to dig deeper into Jessica’s mysterious past. Lawyer Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss) is also interested in finding out more about the genetic experiments done on Jessica. I don’t want to spoil where things go but it’s a very different arc than season one and a much more intimate and relationship-focused story.
Krysten Ritter as our lead is just as interesting as season one, though the absence of Tennant’s Kilgrave is very noticeable and the season lacks that energy that he brought to the screen. We luckily got rid of a bunch of supporting characters that did not work at all and replaced them with some new folks that are much more interesting.
The standout in the cast this season is Carrie-Anne Moss who actually gets an interesting side story and delivers some of the show’s most emotional moments, which was a welcome change from season one.
With Kilgrave absent, I applaud Marvel for not trying to up the ante and instead of approaching this season’s villain a little differently. I won’t go into details but it’s not a traditional villain at all and one might even debate them being a villain at all. That being said, some people might not find this antagonist nearly as interesting or compelling as the first season.
What doesn’t work?
Unfortunately this season generally doesn’t live up to (what I believed to be) the great first season. The journey that Jessica goes on here is a very different one and many folks might find this journey boring, even though it’s taking place in a world full of superheroes. It’s a relatively calm ride and very far from the traditional comic book arc, especially compared to the Daredevil and Punisher series which had many huge action setpieces. This show doesn’t and some of you might not dig its change in tone.
Some characters also get sideplots that you won’t enjoy. Trish especially goes on a tangent that is ultimately unsatisfying and unnecessary.
This season isn’t bad per se. It’s just average, but compared to some exceptional seasons of Netflix Marvel television, this feels like a letdown.
If you’re a fan of Jessica Jones, you’ll likely catch this season but there’s no reason to ever revisit it. I find myself wanting to rewatch Daredevil and even the first season of Jessica Jones, but this season just felt… fine. It’s a much more intimate and character-driven story, so some of you might dig that, but that also means it’s a slower and potentially more boring adventure too.