Why Jessica Jones is the #MeToo superhero we need

Mar 23, 2018
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Be sure to check out our spoiler-free review of Jessica Jones Season 2 before you Netflix and chill all weekend. I really can’t imagine any other marvel show saying the word vagina, but I love that Jess did here, in a way that’s completely natural to the characters and other women of a similar age.

Jessica Jones” is a feminist show.

Krysten Ritter (plays Jessica Jones): Jessica breaks all of the molds of what we’ve come to expect from superheroes. It seems following the success of inspiring film Wonder Woman and with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements shifting the paradigms, people have felt empowered to identify their own personal Kilgrave and, as the saying goes, give him what for. She’s a danger to others as well as to herself, and there’s a burst of Jessica-fueled violence early on that’s deeply unsettling because the instant that she acts out of petulance, you know that things can only go one way. She hates what she’s become but hardly recalls whatever or whoever she actually once was. I can’t quite explain it, but I can’t imagine anyone else playing this role.

The fourth and fifth episodes start moving Jessica Jones in a direction that makes the turmoil of the plot better mirror the character’s turmoil. And the emotional and narrative center of the story, its juice, wasn’t Jones’s anger or her power – it was her fear, the terror she felt at Kilgrave’s hold over her. We saw how Killgrave was able to manipulate her to do his bidding. She wants to help people, and she wants to be powerful enough to do it. Trish accordingly chases power with external aids (like reinforced steel, and weapons). “I don’t think there’s anything accidental about [creator Melissa Rosenberg’s] intention and the story she set out to tell”, says Netflix head of original series Allie Goss. Currently, it is the only project in the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that is led by a female character, which is all the more reason to release it on such an important day. Of the 13-episode series, only the first five were made available by Netflix for the goal of this review and each one of those was able to keep me interested in the current and excited about the next. Not as relatable, but I could see why a villain of his caliber would be evil just for the fun of it. The pace however, all too common for Marvel’s Netflix outings, soon dissipates into a swinging muddle – with the memorable moments becoming spaced out with meandering flab. The Malcolm and Trish train gets a big boost in the form of paparazzi who decide they’re together, and the case gets a hand from a persistent paparazzo who catches their mystery woman on camera. That’s something to really pat yourself on the back for.

The Telegraph, meanwhile, were more positive, awarding the show’s second season four stars and praising its “intrigue and dramatic subtlety”. Show us your talents ladies, we are eager to see how you have in store.

It’s been a long time since the first season of Jessica Jones.

Post-Kilgrave, Jessica’s friend Trish (Rachael Taylor) is on a hell-bent mission to get serious-in essence to become the hero Jessica wishes she didn’t have to be, only Trish’s superpowers are celebrity, money, and a microphone.

The central plotline of the season, which takes several episodes to invest in, is the mysterious IGH, an organization mentioned fleetingly at the end of Season 1 and The Defenders and which is ostensibly the source of Jessica’s powers. Just like her, we couldn’t be bothered to take it up at first and just like her, we cannot leave without answers anymore.

The new season of 'Jessica Jones' is slow to start

 

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