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Review: Marvel’s Jessica Jones – Season 2 (Netflix)




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Our favorite feminist fury is back! Tragic and traumatic yet funny. Nods to the Marvel comics


Lacks a charismatic villain.

Our favorite feminist fury is back in the second season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix! Here’s our spoiler-free review!

Posted 27/02/2018 by

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With great power comes great mental illness.

She’s back and does what she goes at: kicking ass! The primary female superhero at Marvel – sorry, Black Widow – returns in the second season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix. Despite her triumphant victory last time, this time the foul mouthed Jessica has finally hit rock bottom. Expect more tragedy, feminism and excessive violence!

After her deadly battle with “Kilgrave” (David Tennant) and her fight against the Hand, the now famous and alcohol addicted ex-superheroine Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) muddles on in New York City. While plunging into her work at her detective agency Alias Investigations with assisent/friend Malcolm (Eka Darville), she tries to forget her PTSD and dive into new cases – despite not being able to hide from her trauma and problems.

In the meantime, her overprotective adoptive sister Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor), host at Trish Talk, is looking for her next sensational topic while “risk manager” and competitor Pryce Cheng (Terry Chen) and newly moved in tenant Oscar (J.R. Ramirez) get on Jessica’s nerves as well. That’s just the life of an average vigilante, right?

How rapey of you.

The Marvel formula at Netflix and tone of Jessica Jones have hardly changed this season. The tragic existence of this ironclad lady takes the centerstage in this thirteen epic that focusses on Jessica’s origin story and superhuman powers. Particular attention goes to “IGH” which experimented on her years ago and now systematically shows up in her miserable life. Only this time, Jessica can fight back.

That’s the biggest problem with this season. Where the first part in 2015 had a relatively remarkable story and spent a lot of time on its villain, this time we get a more traditional superhero narrative which explores the origin of our focal figure, and is immediately recognizable. Predictability and a less interesting or impressive new villain are the biggest mistakes this second season has.

Obviously, Jessica Jones once again zooms in on the painful suffering of our feminist heroine. That journey goes hand in hand with pedophilia, meaningless sex, drug addiction and terminal diseases, leading to a new emotional low for our several characters – all presented in that great melancholic and film noir style. Philanthropic is not something one will become after watching Jessica Jones.

Luckily, the second season balances out that darkness with more humour. Jessica Jones won’t ever become a full-fledged comedy, but thanks to some new characters, smart montages and especially that witty dialogue, the series will more than once “put a smile on that face”. And that’s a good thing.

Yeah, I’m getting T-shirts made.

In an age post-Marvel’s The Defenders, Jessica Jones might be a lot more famous in NYC, but that doesn’t mean that some Marvel A-listers like Iron Man or Spider-Man will now show up in her show. As we are used to by now, Jessica Jones has a few cameos from people from the other Marvel shows on Netflix, but mostly contains a lot of easter eggs. Loyal Marvel readers will definitely recognize some names like The Whizzer or Karl Malus. But that is about it. Or does a Captain America action figure count as a cameo?

“Don’t fix what ain’t broke”. Not much has changed, cast wise. The shoots with Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker or Eka Darville as Malcolm might as well date from 2015. Change or evolution is mostly present thanks to new characters like J.R. Ramirez as Oscar or Hal Ozsan as Griffin Sinclair who all do their jobs and perform greatly. 


In short, the second season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones once again delivers a mysterious, feminist and at times funny narrative, characterized by physical and emotional violence. A bit of the magic of the first season however has disappeared due to a lacking villain and predictable story which hopefully won’t be an eternal complaint after David Tennant’s impressive Kilgrave. It might not be as good as Marvel’s The Punisher, Daredevil or even the first season, but the second part of Jessica Jones’ story is definitely ideal bingeworthy material for the Netflix audience.

The second season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones is available on 8th March on Netflix.




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