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Jessica Jones Season 2 Premiere: First Impressions
TV Critic Jessica Green reviews the debut episode of the second series of Jessica Jones, as the Netflix Defender returns to our screens for another 13 episodes
After an agonising two year break and only the mediocrity that was The Defenders to tide viewers over in between, Marvel’s Jessica Jones finally returned to Netflix on the 8th March last week with its highly anticipated second season. With season one’s phenomenal villain Kilgrave well and truly dead though and our protagonist left without a target to pursue or avenge, where exactly do the writers plan to go from here?
“Maybe not much to anyone’s surprise, the first episode sees Jessica right back where she started
We even begin to fear for Jessica’s adopted sister and best friend Trish Walker as we see her swap out her golden tresses for a cheap red-dye job, don a garish sequinned dress and perform a cringeworthy rendition of the Patsy theme song at a children’s birthday party. As we watch her warble and awkwardly sway on the tacky stage, we are left wondering just how exactly the composed and successful Trish we came to know and love in season one ended up here. However, our favourite blonde could never disappoint; and it soon becomes clear that she is in fact only performing such a demeaning act in exchange for Jessica’s hospitals records from the father of the birthday girl (a hospital security guard who is conveniently willing to risk being sued just so that Patsy can sing at his kid’s party).
“Whilst the writers are obviously trying to set up a story arc here, the whole thing seems pretty forced
“Such a vague threat can only pale in comparison to the paralysing fear David Tennant could inflict in his portrayal of season one’s Kilgrave
Just as Jess accuses Trish of never being able to understand her situation as an orphaned super, the writers of Jessica Jones appear to sacrifice understanding what their own protagonist and show really need in their desperation to come up with a storyline that equals the critically-acclaimed first season. After setting itself such a tough act to follow though, maybe season two was doomed from the very start.