Monday, April 2, 2018

TV Show Review: Jessica Jones (Season 2)

The Marvel Netflix television series continues after the team up series with a return to the solo series. Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is just doing her job as a private detective when a greater mystery starts to unravel. She is denying her label as a hero and rejects the publicity of her fight with her first villain even as her best friend and adoptive sister Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor) tries to garner some publicity for Jessica's actions. Malcolm Ducasse (Eka Darville) assists Jessica with her private investigation business even as Jessica constantly fires him. She runs into her new apartment super Oscar Arocho (J.R. Ramirez) who is wary of living near a woman with super powers.

A rival private detective Pryce Cheng (Terry Chen) tries to steal her clients even as she has a host of terrible clients including a seemingly crazy client who refers to himself as the Whizzer (Jay Klaitz). Upon further investigation, it turns out that Whizzer had some hint of truth in his paranoia. When the Whizzer ends up dying right in front of Jessica, she suspects that Will Simpson (Wil Traval) might have something to do with it. Trish is as concerned about her ex-boyfriend as she is about uncovering the mysteries of Jessica's past. When Jones discovers an abandoned clinic, horrible memories service that reminds her of her creation as a superhuman. Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss) returns with new trouble from her colleagues and a deadly diagnosis. She set Pryce on Jessica which ends badly when Jessica lashes out and beats Pryce up. 

The main mystery revolves around a secret corporation known as IGH. Jessica is forced into anger management while Trish is the focus of tabloid rumors. Trish is dating a newscaster but rumors swirl around her and Malcolm. She confronts a man who used his position to manipulate her into a relationship to get inside information into IGH. Simpson confronts them but then he is brutally murdered. A strange woman is responsible for the murders and even kills one of Pryce's henchmen. It turns out that the woman is Jessica's mother Alisa (Janet McTeer). She was also saved from the accident by the scientist Dr. Karl Malus (Callum Keith Rennie). Jessica wants revenge for her life being destroyed but Alisa has fallen in love with Karl and will protect him at all costs.

Mother and daughter try to reunite and form a new relationship but things get in the way, like how Alisa killed Jessica's first serious boyfriend and Alisa's temper that is out of control. They kidnap Pryce and try figure out where Karl is hiding but as things grow out of control, Alisa ends up imprisoned. Jeri comes around to help Jessica even as she is scammed by another IGH employee. Trish continues to research Karl and she gets hopped up on the drugs Simpson was taking and demands that Dr. Malus operate on her. Jessica saves her but Alisa is distraught about Karl's death. She breaks out and goes on the run with Jessica finally being shot by Trish on a Ferris wheel.

Jessica Jones returns with a season that isn't as great as the first season. It set the bar high with the villain Kilgrave and the addition of Luke Cage, but the second season focused on Jessica's origin and the transformation of Trish into a crazed anti-hero. Krysten Ritter is still great as the smartmouthed private eye and it was nice to see a romantic relationship for the character. Netflix superhero shows have a tendency to drag out and its the same case here. Thirteen episodes can easily contain multiple villains but the focus of IGH and Jessica's mother just wasn't enough to keep it entertaining. The show still had high points and plenty of great characters so I'm curious where it will go for a third season. 

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