(This review is based on the first eight episodes provided by Netflix).
Everyone’s favorite hard drinking superhero is back in a dark final season. Jessica Jones season 3 picks up a few months after the events of season 2. We see Jessica continue to struggle with the death of her mother at the hands of her best friend and adoptive sister Trish Walker.
The season opens with Jessica, Malcolm, and Trish at odds after going their separate ways. Malcolm is working for Hogarth doing jobs he finds morally questionable. He is in a relationship with a lawyer at the firm and appears mostly happy. He does however struggle with the fact that he works for a firm that often successfully defends guilty people. He and Jessica have little contact after he left Alias Investigations.
Trish and Jessica are estranged after the events of last season. Trish’s character seems to have gained powers resulting from the procedure she underwent. While she has yet to be referred to as Hellcat, she has most of the powers often associated with the character. These include heightened senses and fast reflexes. No force fields or retractable claws here though. The second episode follows Trish and is narrated from her point of view, filling in the gaps from the first episode which followed Jessica. We see that she is struggling with the guilt of her actions and the loss of Jessica’s friendship. She has become fixated on becoming a superhero, though she yearns for fame and praise through this venture.
Jessica is once again alone as her relationship with Oscar has ended, though the two remain friendly and his son Vido continues to visit her. She “befriends” fellow alcohol enthusiast Erik Gelden (Benjamin Walker) and the two cross paths with this season’s big bad. The villain this season is the eerie Gregory Salinger (Jeremy Bobb). Bobb plays the character as an infuriatingly clever, chilling villain with a personal vendetta against Jessica Jones and other supers. He refers to them as “cheaters” and often asserts that they did nothing to earn their powers. Part of his creep factor stems from his unwavering conviction that he is meant to outsmart and bring down “supers” starting with Jessica. Add to this the discovery that he is a serial killer who has managed to stay under the radar for years and we have a recipe for a tense season.
Ritter continues to embody the character of Jessica. She conveys the deeply hidden vulnerability and trauma of her character without making those her defining attributes. As always Jessica is tenacious and clever and a general bad ass. This season we see her go up against a villain who gets under her skin without the use of powers. He is simply a murderer making a play at proving that he’s smarter than everyone. Salinger is manipulative and self-assured. He easily twists events to fit his rhetoric. He fans the flames of fear and insecurity, twisting words and spreading terror. Like Kilgrave, he gets under her skin. While the character lacks the finesse and grandeur of the Purple Man, he more than makes up for this with his chilling detachment.
I could continue to wax poetic about the latest and unfortunately last season of Jessica Jones but instead I’ll get to the point. This season offers solid storytelling and pits our favorite P.I. against another psychopath who hurts innocent people. The episodes we were provided are well paced and packed with answers and action. However, it all feels dampened by the knowledge that the show is ending along with the rest of Netflix’s Marvel shows. In short, I’ve enjoyed the season and look forward to seeing how Jessica Jones ends. Because this is a spoiler free review I will simply say that fans of the show will likely enjoy unraveling another mystery with Jessica and watching her face off against another psychopath. If the world is lucky it will end the way it began, with an exasperated Jessica admitting that occasionally, she gives a damn.
Jessica Jones Season 3
- Creepy villain
- Solid storytelling
- Our Score