Thursday, March 15, 2018

Missing the ‘Purple Man’ (Jessica Jones season 2 review)

So I just finished the second season of ‘Jessica Jones’, the Marvel/Netflix series. I really enjoyed the first season, in particular David Tenants performance as Killgrave/The ‘Purple Man’ (as he’s called in the comics). His portrayal of that villain made him probably the most interesting and terrifying villains in the entire Marvel cinematic universe (films included). It should also be noted that these Marvel/Netflix series coincide with the Marvel movies universe (Avengers, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Spiderman, Guardians, etc.) as well as the other TV properties on ABC (Agents of Shield, Agent Carter). So that is saying a lot to say David Tenant made for the best villain when he’s up against the likes of Loki, Wilson Fisk, Ultron, Hela, etc.


The second season was good but unfortunately not as good as the first, for the most part because the villain was not as good or interesting as David Tenant’s ‘Killgrave’. This seasons villain is Jessica’s mom, who as it turns out was experimented on like her. The actress was okay in the role but I really wasn’t drawn into the narrative like I had been in season one. I really didn’t like what they did with the character of Trish, I really liked her but now I’m not sure what to think of her. Thankfully Tenant did make an appearance on an episode and as always he chewed up every scene, he and Kristin Ritter (Jessica) have a good chemistry and I had my fingers crossed all season that somehow Tenant would return for real (cloning, regeneration due to the experiments his dad did on him, or something) but sadly it did not happen.

And I was hoping following ‘The Defenders’  we would see Danny Rand (Iron Fist) or Luke Cage pop in since their all friends now and share the same city…but no. Other than a few references to the Rand Corporation, Captain America and ‘The Raft’ (the super prison/submarine seen in ‘Captain America Civil War’) there is no crossover; other than that one pointless scene between Happy Hogan and Jeri early on in the season. Heck even Rosario Dawson as Claire ‘Night Nurse’ Temple didn’t make a show.

Overall I did enjoy the season, not as good as the first but not bad.

***1/2 stars out of 5

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