TV Review: Marvel’s Jessica Jones S2E4 AKA God Help the Hobo
Between anger management classes and tabloid scandals, Jessica and Trish track down a third patient linked to IGH. Oscar extends an olive branch.
Due to her actions earlier in the season, Jessica is finally at her support group. The scene shows off the various forms of anger, the causes, the trauma, it again expands on the focus of the season on the topic. It’s also interesting in the inclusion of a veteran as that ties into regular scenes in the Punisher’s series, where vets regularly met to talk. There’s also a little humor mixed in as Jessica does her bull in a china shop routine and pretty much ruins the group.
Pryce Chang continues to be a pain, this time going after Malcom and attempting to hire him. I have no idea where this plotline is going but overall it feels a bit out of place for the season and a little of a distraction in some ways. It’d have been good to get the ball rolling and maybe bring back later, but at this point Chang just seems like an alpha ass. There is some interesting stuff with Chang quoting Malcolm’s father which shows the character does his research. I have a feel that’ll be what comes out of it all.
The big thing I think revolves around a few scenes with Jessica. She goes after Max, the sleezy director who molested Trish. She says “there’s nothing she wouldn’t do” to find out the truth about her origin, a shift in her attitude. Jeri also wants to hire Jessica to find dirt on her partners. That’s a big deal as it’s the first we’ve seen of Jeri trusting someone completely and asking for help. It’s a complete flip from how she treated Foggy. There’s also a scene between Jessica and the super Oscar. There’s chemistry there and she says that she likes Oscar’s kid. Jessica lets her guard down a little.
There’s also Griffin being up to something. It’s clearly a fake out to get us to not trust the character. That’s a little too obvious.
Finally, we get some more information on the mysterious program that changed Jessica but that all feels secondary in a way.
While the moments are subtle, there’s a lot of important character development in this episode which is focused on Jessica and small shifts in her attitude. It’s these subtle moments and development that’s really driving the enjoyment of the season.
Overall Rating: 7.5