Jessica Jones first season was a success. How couldn’t it be? A villain like Kilgrave was definitely a boon for the show and David Tennant did a really good job in playing the character. The sociopathic Purple Man was such a large and looming character in the freshman season of the show. In fact, due to his gravitational pull, the show was often left feeling a tad unbalanced, which was not very different from its heroine. Therefore, it wasn’t so surprising to know that people were holding their breath to see when Kilgrave would make another appearance. However, the character’s strong presence also has a downside.
Now that he is gone, he has left a huge void behind and viewers cannot help, but feel his absence. The black hole that was his absence threatened to pull everything in, including Jessica. Strange as it may sound, this actually worked in favor of the show, or at least it did in Season 2’s first episode. Kilgrave’s death doesn’t mean that everything he has done is gone. He left a huge mark upon Jessica and it is going to take time for it to go away. A few months ago, Frank Castle had to learn a lesson in his own series by Netflix; vengeance doesn’t really give you freedom. Instead, it is just another step into the rabbit hole.
Eventually, you go so deep inside that you completely forget who you are and don’t even know what you are fighting for. Certainly, the same applies to Jessica with the opening of season 2. Our girl has gone back to her PI roots because she feels lost and a bit of familiarity is undoubtedly reassuring. In this role, she is able to keep people at a distance and has the option of avoiding any cases that even have a hint of the unhinged or bring about any whiff of sentimentality. She is still trying to come to terms with how her relationship with Luke failed.
Other characters are making vague allusions about other vigilantes and also mention Rand, everyone is busy avoiding the discussion of events that unfolded in The Defenders. At least, this is what happens in the first hour and is probably a good idea. While the premiere did introduce some candidates for the season’s antagonist, there is no one immediate. Currently, the only antagonist that Jessica has to face is herself. There is plenty of trauma she needs to come to terms with and she absolutely doesn’t want to.
Nonetheless, the overarching mystery for this year is hinted at by showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. As per the hints provided, it is safe to assume that the second season of the show will involve a journey that’s every bit as traumatic and every bit as personal as Jessica’s conflict with Kilgrave in the show’s first season. Daredevil season 2 also went along the same lines and explored Matt Murdock’s backstory to explain to use why the hero is unable to stop from punishing himself. The second season of Jessica Jones is also going down this path, but hopefully, there will not be a lot of ninjas involved.
When he first got his hands on Jessica, Kilgrave might have broken our heroine, but it is apparent that she was broken long before he had met her. No amount of drinking will be enough to hide this truth from someone who is as smart and astute as our Jessica. The premiere of the first season undoubtedly ended on a very solid cliffhanger and encouraged you to continue binge watching. However, the second season of the show is adamant on taking on a more methodical approach and is not stopping itself from exploring its noir influences.
The major problem with all Netflix-Marvel shows is that most of them have suffered from having at least three episodes too many. The greatest example is The Defenders, which only has eight episodes instead of the usual 13 and they still manage to come off as a bit unnecessary. The difference in Jessica Jones is that the characters in her area of New York have been drawn out really well and are very fascinatingly complex as opposed to numerous superhero properties nowadays. The interpersonal relationships here carry a weight that’s sadly lacking in the kicking and punching of Daredevil and Iron Fist.
As a result, you don’t find it boring to spend time with these characters, even when they are not moving the story forward. Of course, this might start wearing off when you watch a couple of episodes in a row where the show is only treading water instead of actually exploring the main story of the season. Also, those people who thought that the first season was a bit ponderous are probably not going to change their minds with the second season. This is because there is no proliferation of gunfire or hallway fights to indicate that the time Jessica spent with the Defenders has had any impact on her solo series.
However, those fans who want nothing better than to see their comic book detectives doing their work in actual are going to be thrilled. You also get to see the downsides of being a ‘vigilante superhero’ as Jessica is called by many, which is kind of a contradiction in itself and definitely worth thinking about. You may feel that the second season of Jessica Jones is starting off with a slow burn than the freshman outing of our favorite yet prickly PI. Nonetheless, her latest investigation holds a lot of mystery as well as potential to whet your appetite.
Season 1 was not without its share of speed bumps, but it is expected that the second season will not hesitate too long before it decides to hit the gas and takes us for the full spin. Suffice it to say, Jessica Jones, as always packs a very powerful punch, something that’s to love about our serious heroine. The villain this time around is no Kilgrave, but is kind of a freakier and stronger version of Jessica herself.