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Jessica Jones remains Netflix's most compelling character

Marvel’s Jessica Jones’ Every Easter Egg and Marvel Reference in Season 2 Netflix
Rosie Leonard | 10 March, 2018, 01:53

Meanwhile, Trish is doing some investigative work of her own. They also love big twists, especially when it comes to their Netflix shows. Although we can now understand how Alisa got to this harrowing point in her life - including her unnerving romantic relationship with the octopus-obsessed Dr. Karl - that doesn't mean we can forgive her for what she's done. "I've killed, ergo, I'm a killer", she says glumly, adding, "I don't even know what "ergo" means".

But as messy as the season may be, its jumbled components coalesce under the umbrella of Jessica's persona. There's that gritty realness to it, which I think we also get in "Luke Cage" and in "Daredevil" as well. It doesn't necessarily matter that the narrative is strung together from seemingly disparate threads, or that pitting Jessica against her evil twin toes the line of cliché. Having adapted the character's major storyline from page to screen, showrunner Melissa Rosenberg has composed an original storyline focused largely on Jessica's struggle with her identity after killing her rapist, the mind-controlling sadist Kilgrave (David Tennant), in Season One, avenging herself and his other victims.

Frank Covino, who was the location manager for the first six episodes of season one, said in an email, "It was clear from the beginning we wanted to find the grittiness and texture that was prominent in Hell's Kitchen when the neighborhood was mostly working class". She is not equipped with the "I'm a superhero and I'm going to save the world" attitude. She's got a rep now, branded as a violent, unruly woman who'll only bring trouble.

Jessica Jones is given another chance to shine after stealing the spotlight in Marvel's The Defenders, offering a second season which is both enjoyable and frustrating.

Jessica Jones is one of Netflix's most interesting and promising shows because the lead character is complex, complicated and compelling, thus captivating our attention.

As #MeToo and #TimesUp gain momentum in and out of Hollywood, we're hearing more and more stories about women declaring their autonomy. Trish discovers in Season 1 that IGH actually paid for some of Jessica's medical bills.

It's nearly like she's acting out like Jessica, but it's Jessica that's out doing some important fieldwork and at the Kozlov funeral learns that Will Simpson is still alive and he's the one who killed Kozlov. She figures that this new guy must have something on the landlord to agree to bounce her even though he's known for years that she's a run a business out of her apartment. Not only does Jessica feel her feelings, she expresses them however she sees fit.

Ideas and themes that were hinted at in season one come to the forefront of season two, such as how did Jessica Jones get her power, what and who is behind IGH, and can she defeat a villain who is stronger than she is?

Trish continues to show her resourcefulness, this time using her radio show to send up a signal flare to a former IGH employee, whose scull she and Jessica may or may not have found later on. "Storytelling is a very powerful tool to potentially foster change, or even an understanding that an audience member might not know". Worse, it's begun to influence people around her.

Jessica's low-key trolling of her super as a way to have the chance to poke around his apartment is a ideal combination of her PI skills and her refusal to take anyone's shit.

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