Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

The Defenders probably isn't getting a second season, Jessica Jones actor says

The Defenders probably isn't getting a second season, Jessica Jones actor says

Meanwhile, the fans are eager to meet the rest of the new characters to be introduced in season 2.

At the tail end of her career as a child star, Jessica's friend Trish had a sexual relationship with movie director Max (James McCaffrey).

While Kilgrave and Jessica were a powerful allegory for abusive relationships, their story was couched in a veneer of science fiction. But who, what, how and, most of all, why? Netflix provided the first five episodes of season two as a preview, and while Jessica (Krysten Ritter) is back to business at Alias Investigations after the events of season one, she's not back to form. Jessica can't continue on this path indefinitely - because she would destroy herself, and because viewers would get exhausted of it and stop watching - but it's still striking to witness a series dare itself to bottom out in this way. People were excited to see her again, so that made us happy because Jessica is the next up. She struggles. She has PTSD. People around her refer to her more than once as a "vigilante superhero", as though the phrase were part of her name, and any time someone yelps, "You're a ticking time bomb?" you know they're trying too hard to convince you that something exciting is about to happen. In the opener, she appears to be watching Orson Welles' 1958 noir masterpiece, "Touch of Evil", on some TV screen, and it's the only moment she's truly at peace. The men of the series were really beginning to ruin it for me, but this Women's Day, we have finally been saved by Jessica again.

Ever since Daredevil Season 1 premiered on the streaming service just months before Jessica Jones, it's been a staple that the Marvel series are released, in their entirety, on a Friday.

So, how do you follow up a season like Jessica Jones Season 1, a season packed with gruesome violence and shocking turns, chilling messages about manipulation and abuse? Much like Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale took on new meaning in the wake of the election, Jessica Jones feels like the right show at the right time. "I never take no for an answer", he tells her.

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But Jessica fits in no one's box, because she's still profoundly uncertain of the contours of her own.

"The Octopus" is the first episode that really seems to buckle under the season's glacial pace - with all of our main ensemble separated and following their own story threads (including Jessica playing therapist to gentle IGH janitor David Kawecki), it lacks both the playful character dynamics and the bursts of action that have livened up other slow episodes. Not like I thought this was the future, why do I have to wait six months for a new show? long, but actually long.

Jessica's low-key trolling of her super as a way to have the chance to poke around his apartment is a flawless combination of her PI skills and her refusal to take anyone's shit. To find some measure of meaning in the present, Jessica has to find the meaning of those three letters from her past. You can tell nearly immediately that certain characters are introduced into the story to play as a diversion from the A-storyline, just so they can keep their 13-episode quota intact. She picked up a prostitute but one quickly led to three and now cocaine is being introduced to the party in a big, wild, insane sex party.

BOTTOM LINE Ritter's Jessica Jones remains the most compelling, evocative and dynamic character in Netflix's Marvel canon.

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