Kat Riddler, Managing Editor
“Jessica Jones” season two was released on Netflix in March to honor Women’s History Month. “Jessica Jones” is a Marvel dark superhero drama which takes place in Hell’s Kitchen.
Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is a heavy-drinking private investigator who has a dark past concerning how she became a “super.” Jones does not want to be a superhero and really doesn’t identify with the superhero notion, even though she has both super healing and super strength. In season one, Jones was plagued by the character Kilgrave (David Tennant) who could control people with his mind. In season two, released on Netflix on March 8, she is confronted with who she really is and struggling with who she was.
There are a number of themes that predominate throughout the new season: death, power, and mothers and daughters. Jones struggles at the beginning of the season with the guilt of taking another human being’s life at the end of season one. She has been self-medicating with drinking more. Jones is not one to ask for help, but her friends are still there to provide support.
Her adoptive sister and former child star Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor) is airing a radio series of investigative shows on superheroes. She pushes for Jones to delve deeper into the loss of her parents and brother in the car crash 17 years prior. This accident is something that Jones tries to forget but decides to pursue it after Walker’s push. Looking into the death of her family, Jones is faced with applying pressure to get more information for Walker’s story. Jones is confronted with old feelings and thoughts not felt since Kilgrave was alive.
Power then becomes an overarching theme for the series. Jones is seen as an “other” by being called a “super” by people and being ostracized because of her abilities. This power also makes her a target for the police who are trying to pin unsolved crimes on her for her abilities. Jones did not ask to be a “super,” she was experimented on after her family had a tragic car accident. The power theme from the previous season is brought in slightly as Jones is physically strong, but she is not necessarily mentally strong enough to connect with others and ask for help.
At the same time as this story arc is progressing, Walker explores her power as a celebrity and radio journalist. Walker is an aspiring journalist who wants to make it on national television like her boyfriend. She falls into old habits of using enhancers to try and compete with Jones to finish her story that will help her in her career.
As their investigation continues, Jones finds out that others have been experimented on like herself. A person rivaling her strength and surpassing it emerges to become the obstacle that Jones and Walker have to defeat in order to find out who is behind all the experiments. The unidentified person becomes a sort of Frankenstein’s monster and causes some real problems for Jones and the police.
The last theme emerges to the audience with Jones interceding on her landlord’s custody battle for his child Vito. Jones says, “You’re his mother, nothing’s going to change that.” Jones has worked through tough times with her own mother and her adoptive mother on her adventures in season two. Jones struggles with her relationship with her mother and if she will be like her mother. Her relationship with her adopted mother goes up and down as she tries to come to terms with her own mother.
Walker’s mother is just as intrusive in her life as in season one. She claims her involvement is because “her name is her legacy,” and the mother is only trying to do what is right for her. Jones thinks her heart is in the right place at times, but other times she is still convinced that Walker’s mother is only thinking of herself and using Walker. Walker cannot make up her mind on the matter either, but the phrase Jones uttered earlier is one that Walker has to deal with herself.
Overall, season two gives Jones a deeper character development which was needed for those unfamiliar with the show. There are familiar themes from season one that pop up, but the new themes really shine and give complexity to the characters in the story, a point that was not as strong in the previous season. “Jessica Jones” season two gets 5 out of 5 stars.