They say a hero is only as good as their villain. This couldn’t be more true in Jessica Jones season 2. The original season was incredible and brought us one of the best, if not the best, villain in all of Marvel. Season 2 lacks a good villain which is a major reason why it misses its potential.
Sadly, the best episode in the entire season comes near the end of the season where David Tennant reprises his role as the terrifying Kilgrave. With the show deep in it’s story I should have felt just as interested in the main story yet I felt like I was waiting for moments in between Tennant’s performances in the episode. Daredevil season 2 also brought back it’s season 1 villain but in a way that didn’t distract from the overall story. Rather it greatly added to the story as a whole.
This isn’t to say it’s a bad season of television as the opposite is true. Kristen Ritter perfectly plays the role of the volatile Jessica Jones and expresses the many complex emotions the character goes through. Jessica’s arc focuses on her family tragedy and what made her “super” to begin with. It’s a thrilling story and a fun ride but the lack of any real villain makes the threat seem empty.
There are some great reveals and conflicts throughout the season that are highly relatable. The story focuses deeply on family relationships including those relationships that are friends who feel like family. The struggle of how much someone can look past because of family is intriguing and made me question myself. The story also brings questions of morality into question such as human experimentation blurring the line of what is right and wrong in that scenario. These themes add incredible depth to the storytelling yet left me wanting due to the lack of villain.
Character development is one of the greatest strengths of the Netflix Marvel portfolio and Jessica Jones season 2 is no exception. The supporting cast all have their own stories. Trish is somewhat hateable but her story arc is incredible. Hogarth stretches to new lengths and brings some more humanity to the character as well as extreme vulnerability. She’s mean and ruthless as ever but goes through amazing growth. Malcom, the only person with any charm, is a delight to watch. His journey from junkie to sober in season 1 was transformative and I loved seeing him take on a larger role in this time around.
Netflix has done an impressive job bringing the Defenders characters to life. Jessica Jones 2 is a fun ride full of drama, character development, twists and turns, a lot of excitement and a great finale that will bleed into season 3. The lack of villain left a stale taste in my mouth and made it harder to “binge” the season. The season was high quality but when a side story with the previous season’s villain upstages the entire show there is a problem. Bottom line it’s worth a watch but it takes a dip from the first season’s high quality.
3 out of 5 Couch Cushions and a throw pillow!!!