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TV Review: Marvel’s Jessica Jones S2E3 AKA Sole Survivor

As her visions intensify, Jessica visits an abandoned clinic, where she stumbles on a new lead. Jeri faces an ultimatum after her secret gets out.

Where do you go when you want to dump a body? The vacation spot you used to go with your parents and also contemplated going to kill yourself!!! Yeah, the third episode of the second season of Jessica Jones starts off dark with a revelation about Jessica that adds so much to her. There’s the fact she admits she contemplated killing herself, which means she’s opening up but it also explains the place she was in for the first season and before.

Jessica also has trouble at home when the new super announces he is evicting her, primarily because she has powers and he doesn’t want her around due to the danger to him and his kid. Or it could be the fact that he has a questionable past and is doing shady things currently too. What’s interesting here is that there’s talk of discrimination and a backlash against those with superpowers. It’s a nice nod to what’s going on in the cinematic universe, subtle but part of the bigger picture. J. R. Ramirez is the new addition to the cast as Oscar Arocho and he provides a tough but at the same time somewhat sympathetic person for Jessica to go up against and interact with. There’s solid chemistry between the two.

But, the drama isn’t all about Jessica this season. Jeri is having issues with her law firm and we learn that her partners are attempting to force her out due to her actions of last season and what they needed to do to cover it up. There’s clearly more going on with her and how the season plays out will be interesting. What;s really good is the inclusion of Foggy into it as he attempts to be a sympathetic ally to her but she’s having none of it. She has a wall and is lashing out in numerous ways and that includes those that should be her friend. But, when it comes to Jessica, Jeri has a soft spot. Pryce Cheng, the rival detective played by Terry Chen, wants to sue Jessica and be represented by Jeri. And sadly Jeri sees it as a way to win Jessica over. Friendships are clearly difficult for her and I’m expecting this is where her growth this season will happen.

 

We also get a bit more about Trish and her boyfriend Griffin, played by Hal Ozsan. Shocker, he’s actually a good person, at least we’re told he is. But, of course he’s up to something.

Through all of the detective work though, we get closer to the “big bad” as Jessica heads to meet Dr. Leslie Hanson (after pulling something over on Trish so she can’t go), one of the people with knowledge about the program that gave her powers. But, of course, things aren’t as they seem and the person turns out to be one of the main villains of the series… probably.

 

A drawn out villain isn’t so bad, and neither is the slow pace, as long as the series really focuses on the characters and their relationships. The acting is what makes it all stand out as our heroines deal with a new threat and their own demons.

Overall Rating: 7.25

TV Review: Marvel’s Jessica Jones S2E2 AKA Freak Accident

Jessica sets out to find Dr. Kozlov and makes a startling discovery. Trish recruits Malcolm for backup as she visits a figure from her past.

This season is clearly exploring the “origin” of Jessica Jones and how that ties into the death of The Whizzer. Whether it’s Trish digging deep into files or Jessica following leads, the various plotlines will intersect down the road. But, in that intersection, there’s also an exploration of past trauma. Here we see that in a few ways.

SPOILER!!!!

Jessica learns that whatever program made her and the Whizzer, is also what made Simpson, the psycho from the first season. It also turns out that he’s alive and that Jessica is following the wrong person, someone else wants Trish dead for digging into the mystery. But, where Jessica learns more about the Simpson revelation is interesting, Dr. Kozlov’s funeral. There she must deal with her parent’s death, something that was talked about the first season but not really dealt with beyond her drinking. This season has put that front and center in the focus on her origin. from tragedy, she was created.

With Simpson back, it brings back the experience of Trish from the first season fueling her behavior. It also has a tinge of horror to it, the supernatural killer returning. We also find out something about Trish’s past and her acting career. It paints her mother as even more of a monster and adds depth to the character in some ways and makes the first season more interesting too, at least when it comes to her and Jessica’s relationship with their mother. But, it’s not all doom and gloom for Trish, we get to know her boyfriend more and as presented he seems too good to be true.

But, the trauma explored isn’t just Trish’s that’s dealt with. Something is going on with Jeri and it could very well be the experiences she had in the first season. We see her using drugs, picking up prostitutes, behavior that doesn’t quite seem her and in ways destructive. This season we have a theme and it’ll be explored through our three main female leads.

An interesting episode that feels like more of a detective/noir story than a superhero tale. The season has a bit of a different feel than the first, with no major bad guy so far to battle, instead it’s a shadowy conspiracy. It shakes things up, but not necessarily for the better. While the focus on characters and acting has improved, the plotting remains slow and drawn out. For some that’ll be frustrating, for others they’ll enjoy it, like a mystery novel.

Overall Rating: 7.25

TV Review: Marvel’s Jessica Jones S2E1 AKA Start at the Beginning

While Jessica deals with a rival PI and a paranoid would-be client, Trish digs up a medical file that could unlock the mystery of Jessica’s powers.

After the traumatic events of the first season, Jessica is back and picking up the pieces of her life, or at least attempting to. It’s clear from the first episode of the second season that trauma and PTSD is still front and center for the series.

The first episode kicks off as somewhat expected. Jessica is attempting to find work and is presented with a bunch of options. They’re all over the place in the sad sack sort of way. One person wants to find the child she gave up, another thinks there’s lizard people wearing human skin in the government (a possible reference to the Skrulls and Secret Invasion?), and one individual who thinks he’s been experimented on and calls himself the Whizzer.

That last individual should cause long time comic fans to perk up as it’s a reference to the classic comic character who debuted in USA Comics #1 back in 1941. It’s also a solid way to transition into the plot of the season, exploring Jessica’s past and the mysterious IGH, the mysterious corporation that experimented on her. Who is IGH? I’m convinced it stands for Inhuman Growth Hormone, but we’ll wait and see. Helping Jessica is Trish who’s attempting to piece together things herself and bringing herself pretty low to do so. There’s also Malcolm who’s back working for Jessica and basically running the Alias detective agency.

And that’s the focus of the first episode, a “where are they now” sort of thing diving into the various characters from the first season and how they’re dealing with the events from it.

Trish is deep in trying to uncover a mystery, in denial of her own issues. Jessica is a little bit better this season but fighting the fact she’s a killer now and people know that about her. She’s attempting to fight the label of that and “super.” Then there’s Jeri who’s the most interesting of them all. She’s dealing with issues of her own. Not only is she traumatized, but she’s also dealing with the internal fallout of her workplace and her partnership is being threatened.

Jessica Jones continues to know what it is focusing on the characters first and the events around them second. While the season dives into the mystery that is Jessica’s power, it’s how she, and her friends, are dealing with events that are the draw.

That’s primarily due to the acting. Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones) is joined by an incredible returning cast that includes Rachael Taylor (Trish Walker), Carrie-Anne Moss (Jeri Hogarth), and Eka Darville (Malcolm Ducasse). All of them add depth to their characters in various ways and keep the show entertaining. There’s also newcomers who in the first episode add new plot threads but so far don’t quite stand out and in some ways clash with those already a part of the series. They represent either romantic foils or business rivals and while all are interesting in their own ways, they don’t quite feel like they belong in the series.

A nice return overall, but not quite the groundbreaking show of before. There’s nice directions, but we’ll have to wait and see where things go from here and how it all plays out before the real final decision on the season.

Overall Rating: 7.75

 

Marvel’s Jessica Jones Season 2 Gets a New Trailer “Her Way”

New York City private investigator Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is beginning to put her life back together after taking down her tormenter, Kilgrave. Now known throughout the city as a super-powered killer, a new case makes her reluctantly confront who she really is while digging deeper into her past to explore the reasons why.

Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones) is joined by an incredible returning cast that includes Rachael Taylor (Trish Walker), Carrie-Anne Moss (Jeri Hogarth), Eka Darville (Malcolm Ducasse) and new cast members Janet McTeer and J.R. Ramirez, among others.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg (“Twilight”, “Dexter), Raelle Tucker (“True Blood”), Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Daredevil”, “Marvel’s Luke Cage”, “Marvel’s Iron Fist”) and Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Daredevil”, “Marvel’s Luke Cage”, “Marvel’s Iron Fist”) who also serves as Marvel’s Head of Television.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones returns for a second season on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2018 on Netflix.

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