I personally liked season one of Jessica Jones over all the various Marvel Netflix series. The show’s handling of Jessica and her personal trauma made for a compelling character, especially as played by actress Krysten Ritter.
Season two dropped recently and continued its female centered superheroics and detective work, so would the series be able to maintain the show’s level of quality?
Actually, yes. Yes, it would.
Season one dealt with Jessica’s PTSD after her experiences being mind controlled by the villainous Killgrave, but there was a secondary theme going of the power of female friendship between Jessica and her loyal bestie/adopted sister Trish “Patsy” Walker. Season two goes for a different theme, and that being one of motherhood particularly among daughters. Numerous mothers show up throughout the season, even among minor characters. Much of the mystery deals with Jessica searching for clues to her past while Trish is looking to find her own “scoop” involving Jessica in order to first prove herself a real journalist, second to help Jessica even if Jessica initially isn’t interested in that, and then later for very different reasons.
In terms of the plot, Jessica Jones still has the pacing problem that has plagued all the Marvel Netflix shows to one degree or another. This time around that seems to mean a subplot involving Carrie-Anne Moss’ Jeri Hogarth. For season one, Hogarth represented another facet of how the powerful affect the powerless, showing it didn’t have to be male power but that female power could be just as brutal when welded against others. Here, she has something else going on that doesn’t even thematically connect with Jessica and her issues with the season’s antagonist, someone Jessica has a truly complex relationship with to say the least, and with her longtime friend and sister Trish. Jessica needs to deal with the fallout of being a superpowered person surrounded by ordinary people who might see more in her than she lets on, and ultimately this second season may be something to establish Jessica as a hero in her own right and not just an angry alcoholic. Haunted by her actions from season one, Jessica ends the season in a place that may be darker as she burns bridges with the few remaining friends and loved ones she still had while the narrative fills in more information about Jessica’s past, including showing a time when she was possibly happy. Ritter continues to shine, showing a vulnerable side to a largely invulnerable woman. There’s some hope for Jessica, but for now, she’ll see about maybe crawling out of that bottle and trying to do some good in a small way. Hopefully this gets an season three to find out. Eight and a half out of ten Golden Age Marvel hero cameos.