Second season of ‘Jessica Jones’ introduces compelling mystery, characters

‘Jessica Jones’ entertains fans with new season

New threats, intriguing mystery and answered questions are all things a Marvel fan can expect from the second season of “Jessica Jones.”

This Netflix exclusive series is one of many that take place in the Marvel universe. “Jessica Jones” focuses on the titular character and her life as a private investigator with super strength.

The first season consisted of Jessica (Krysten Ritter) fighting to stop the tyranny of Kilgrave (David Tennant), a man with the power to force people to do anything with a simple command. Sadly, the second season does not focus on the intrigue behind Kilgrave. But it does offer a new mystery, which answers the questions fans have about Jessica’s powers and how she obtained them.

Throughout the second season, Jessica teams up with her foster sister, Trish (Rachael Taylor), her friend, Malcolm (Eka Darville) and her attorney, Jeri (Carrie-Anne Moss), to further uncover the secrets behind her past and the car accident that killed her family. During her journey, Jessica also encounters a new ally, Oscar (J. R. Ramirez), along with new foes who are involved with Jessica’s origins.

The story was one thing I really liked about this new season. Despite being different from the first season, which focused on stopping Kilgrave, this new season changes the plot by making it about past secrets and the scientific cause behind people with powers.

This was a different direction that worked well with the mystery theme of “Jessica Jones.” I really enjoyed learning about Jessica’s powers and their unknown origins. Each episode left me wanting to watch more in order to learn all the secrets.

One problem I did have with this season’s plot is its length and how there is little action close to the end of the season.

The second season, which consists of 13 one-hour episodes, could have been shortened. Most of the mystery that hooked me at the beginning starts to diminish, as most of the secrets are revealed half way into the season and there is nothing new to learn.

With the introduction of different subplots, the last couple of episodes seem to focus on multiple storylines, some of which have no immediate impact on the main story. With a shorter season, the last few episodes would not drag, and the story could remain engaging until the final climax.

jessica jonesI did not mind the subplots too much, as they utilized the minor characters more during this season than the first one. After watching the second season, I am now really excited to see how these characters are used in future episodes.

Regardless of the issue with pacing, this new season was very engaging and shows the potential of underrated Marvel characters. This show has taken comic book characters that do not receive much recognition and makes them popular.

Jessica is an interesting character on her own, and Ritter performs well as an antisocial, tough hero. I cannot wait to see Jessica in future episodes, or in other Marvel Netflix series.

Other characters, such as Trish and Malcolm, are used more in this season and have a bigger impact on the story. Learning more about these characters was interesting, as the series takes an unexpected turn with their development. The actors perform great with one another, and their performance kept me engaged with the story, regardless of whether Ritter was on screen with them.

I really liked the old and new characters in this season. I got to learn more about the old characters, while also being introduced to new roles in the Marvel universe.

Even though the first season was my favorite, the second season offers a great story with interesting characters. It is surprising that there is so much to learn about Jessica Jones, as she was not the most popular Marvel character before the beginning of her series.

I am excited to see how this series progresses in the future, whether it be through crossovers with other Marvel series or continuing as a stand-alone story.

If you are a fan of the first season, a comic book fan or someone who enjoys a good mystery, I highly suggest you check out “Jessica Jones,” as the second season is worth watching.

I give the second season of “Jessica Jones” an 8.5 out of 10.

Author: Adán Rubio

Staff writer for the Plainsman Press.

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