essica Jones Season Two dropped last week and hopefully, you have had the chance to binge-watch it all. Unfortunately, I think our recovery may take longer. After the success of Season One, I had very high expectations for the next instalment, especially after seeing the images of David Tennant on set filming and hearing the news that every episode would have a female director.
One of the things I find interesting about superhero stories is that we seem to have clear expectations. We have grown used to clear lines between good and evil. There is a hero with a flaw, a villain, a victim. I don’t know where I am with this series. We have our hero with a flaw, many flaws actually, and rather too many victims but we do not have a clear personification of evil. Who is the bad guy?
I'm 3 episodes into Jessica Jones season 2. She still wearing those musty ass jeans, hasn't showered yet and has a diet of just red bull & alcohol.— Ahmed/03 Greedo Best Rapper Alive (@big_business_) March 9, 2018
I never stopped anything so fast in my life, i'm done with this show.
For the first five or so episodes Jessica has returned to her PI lifestyle and is plagued by particularly mundane issues. She has a few run-ins with the new building superintendent, Oscar Arocho, who screams ‘love interest’ from the moment he comes on screen. She faces a business rival in Pryce Cheng, who we quickly realise is in way over his head.
Despite negative reactions on Twitter you need to persevere. It begins to heat up as we are introduced to the killer and we realise her true identity. You would assume she is the villain of the piece, made a complicated character by her relationship with Jessica and Jessica’s indecision of what to do with her. She is torn in a heart-breaking way between her mother, her sister and her sense of right and wrong. It debunks the clear lines between good and evil; opening us to a world full of grey areas, of half-truths, of complicated people with complicated motives.
I would say Trish Walker has a good case for being the true villain of the show. She betrays Jessica and Malcolm in hellishly cruel ways. Her persistent investigation into IGH, the scientists behind Jessica's powers, and the realisation that the murders are connected to her investigation does eventually force Jessica to face her past and delve into the case head on. However, Trish’s motives are not selfless and it is her addiction and her insatiable need to be extraordinary that drives her to look for a juicy story to propel her career to the dizzy heights of TV and get her closer to the chance of being a ‘powered’ person. Although, her motives are essentially founded in love for Jessica and the need for justice. I still don't like her.
Also Trish Walker is the most TRASH CHARACTER on Jessica Jones. She has the charisma of a brick.— YonkouProductions (@YonkouProd) March 9, 2018
There is a constant theme of addiction and restraint which is interesting as it highlights the different reactions to, and judgements of, people suffering from many forms of addiction. For Jessica, we are frequently reminded of her relationship with alcohol but I feel there is a depth to her issues explored in this series which involves her self-blame and her self-restraint.
The character development is great, especially Hogarth’s fall and eventual rise. It was refreshing to see such a strong female character at her weakest then prevail and come back fighting. The writers brewed such sympathy for a ruthless hard woman but it doesn’t last long or run deep when you see how she enacts revenge on her con artist girlfriend and you remember her actions of Season One.
So, what’s next?
I think we have exhausted Jessica’s past to an extent. The death of IGH, and the realisation that Jessica truly has no blood family left, leave us looking towards an unknown future. She has alienated everyone who cares about her but she has one ally left in her love interest, Oscar, and the beginnings of a new family. Jessica has a child in the comics, Danielle. It would be interesting to see, especially after Jessica’s use of casual sex to help her forget her demons, how she would deal with the situation of an unexpected pregnancy.
It would be fantastic to see some new characters next series taking inspiration from the original comic book. The makers of Jessica Jones have no fear of switching gender roles so maybe we could see a female Blackout, a villain filled with the extra-dimensional energy of the Darkforce. Jessica hasn't fared particularly well against other supers and she is so used to having the upper hand with normal humans.