Netflix Marvel's Jessica Jones S2 twice the entertainment

As she investigates mongoose infested homes, examines charred skulls, crashes a funeral, expands her mind through a shrink and breaks props at an anger management class, we are pulled deeper and deeper into the mystery.

Jessica Jones' second season - which dropped on Netflix Thursday, aka International Women's Day - takes place after the events of last summer's Defenders; not only does the general public know that powered people exist, but everyone in New York City seems to know that Jessica ended Kilgrave's life a few months back - and that must make her a vigilante superhero, right?

Carrie-Ann Moss in Jessica Jones 2.

It also means she gets to enjoy things from time to time without the specter of denial hanging over her.

The second season will focus on the show's supporting characters and Trish is featured on a couple of the covers. Instead of being about power, it's about the consequences of power.

At first, Jessica has no interest in answering those questions.

The covers are a delightful homage to Jessica Jones' pulp hero comic book origins, and contain a smattering of clues as to what we can expect this season. Faced with that perception, Jessica is first enraged, then shaken.

And that might be the biggest problem for this season; with the five advance episodes I was able to preview, there's definitely a "much ado about nothing" vibe that runs through the course of the story (so far).

The phrase should be her mantra.

This also made her distant from Trish, who would do anything to get her sister back and does.

Krysten Ritter is still a delight to watch as the sarcastic, rude, undelightful Jessica.

Griffin is friendly, even to Jessica, and appears to deeply care about Trish.

When Marvel announced a slew of new television series being developed for Netflix, the end goal was to eventually team up all of those characters for a limited series that would be called The Defenders. The biggest bad in Jessica's orbit gets offed and she still can't move on? She's still drinking heavily, and she's taking easy, forgettable clients so she doesn't have to think or feel too much about ethics. It only remains to be seen how her character's story plays out. Jessica's journey of self-reflection is dramatic enough without excess turmoil, after all. Jessica has all-but dissociated from everything with Kilgrave, and she's essentially in denial of her newfound fame and duty since The Defenders (let alone all those supernatural shenanigans).

What do the Jessica Jones Season 2 reviews say? She knows that blood is in the water professionally, and she's reeling in her personal life, now that she finally has to deal with the fallout of her disturbing choices in season 1.

"We're such close friends, and we both love Luke and Jessica together", she says.

The best part of the show was the interactions between the characters which can be achieved without another season.

Given less room for sarcastic one-liners and more room for introspection, Ritter alternates between maintaining her aloof composure and falling apart on screen. She finds solace in the past, but mostly just a cinematic past, of snarling noir detectives and the tough dames they loved. "How rapey of you", she retorts.

  • Salvatore Jensen