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Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) thought she had faced her most evil foe in the form in Kilgrave (David Tennant) in season 1. It was no match for what she is facing in season 2…herself.
In a series of self-questioning moments throughout this season, Jessica is faced with trying to dig deeper to figure out her true self and identity. Event after her season 1 torture from Kilgrave, the murder of Reva, and relationship with Luke Cage…all enough to break anyone else…she continues searching her past for answers. Jessica ultimately comes face-to-face with one person who can help with those answers…her mother Alisa (Janet McTeer).
Touted as the “sort-of bad guy” this season, the presumed dead Alisa has her own psychological disorders that are witnessed throughout the season. While this is occurring, Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor), Jessica’s BFF, appears to be working as a vigilante with underlying ulterior motives. Additionally, Dr. Karl (Callum Keith Rennie) seems to be struggling with his own morals.
The entire season is about an internal moral struggle for everyone. For Jessica, it includes the much anticipated return of Kilgrave who provides a pivotal interaction in her self-evaluation. In an interview with series overseer Melissa Rosenberg, she addresses his brief yet important role, “Last season examined her [Jessica] experience with him, and I think you can kill it and come to terms with it, but it never goes away. You don’t walk that off and keep on going. It’s always going to be a part of your experience and part of your psyche.”
Trish’s storyline comes at a pivotal time as an unintentional part of the #MeToo movement. Exploring her younger years of abuse as a child star, life as a pop star then a talk show host, she now looks to establish her own level of superpowers. She takes matters into her own hands in an apparent attempt to support Jessica but with repercussions that will carry into a (hopeful) season 3.
True Jessica Jones fans will appreciate the fact that season 2 is ultimately a stand-alone piece of the story without much interaction from anyone else in the Marvel Universe. There are some interesting name drops of Captain America and a reference to the “alien invasion” from The Avengers, but the only cameo comes from Daredevil’s Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson). The largest “Easter Egg” relating to the MCU is conversation about “The Raft” – the prison where Cap and his cronies were held.
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