Jessica Jones’s third season—and the final Marvel season for Netflix—dropped today. We’re reviewing the first two episodes now, and the rest of the season next weekend.
Season Three lacks the strong start of the first two seasons, but it reunites an impressive cast. Perhaps because it’s the final season, or because Disney wants to inspire hope that they will reuse the Netflix characters when they regain rights in a couple of years, we’re reminded that, yes, Jessica and company exist in the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Titles: “A.K.A The Perfect Burger” and “A.K.A You’re Welcome”
Cast and Crew
Directors: Michael Lehmann, Krysten Ritter
Writers: Melissa Rosenberg, Hilly Hicks, Jr.
Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones
Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker / Hellcat
Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse
Benjamin Walker as Erik Gelden
Sarita Choudhury as Kith Lyonne
Jeremy Bobb as Gregory Salinger
Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth
Rebecca De Mornay as Dorothy Walker
Aneesh Sheth as Gillian
John Ventimiglia as Eddy Costa
Matt Weiss as Andrew Brandt
Tiffany Mac as Zaya
J.R. Ramirez as Oscar Arocho
Kevin Chacon as Vido Arocho
Rileigh McDonald as Cassie Yasdan
Rachel McKeon as Char
Cyndi Melendez as Carmen
Jeannine Adornetto as Detective
Cristala Carter as Anchor Woman
Jessica Jones resumes her hardboiled hero-for-hire ways, with a moderately increased emphasis on actual heroism. The head of Alias remains, alas, estranged from her newly-empowered sister. The first two episodes tell the same basic story from each sister’s perspective.
Despite the repetitiveness of the first two episodes, I enjoyed seeing Trish’s early forays as a superhero. Jessica Jones has always benefited from its humor, and we see it at work here. Trish patrols the streets and eavesdrops on police communication—only to discover that typical reported activity provides few opportunities for heroics. She finally goes into action—and gets recognized as a celebrity by crook and victim. She tries to find a disguise—and encounters more than a few problems.
While the show retains much that made it watchable—I still rank the first season above the admittedly excellent Daredevil— we’re in a lower-budget, less-impressive version of a familiar world, and the first two episodes feature more than their fair share of four-colour narrative tropes.
Originality: 2/6 As Jessica drinks and grows weary, a superhero-themed show examines the ethics and psychology of vigilante activity.
Story: 4/6 We have a slow start, carried by the actors, and the division between the sisters.
Acting: 5/6 Acting remains strong. The dialogue feels a little more stilted than in the past, though at least some of that results from Patsy Walker effects. Trish has lived her life in the media, and has a distorted view of reality.
It may be growing more distorted.
Emotional Response: 5/6 I enjoyed seeing Jessica back in action, and I liked the shout-outs to the broader Marvel Universe. But I cannot deny being a little disappointed at how this final season has started.
In total, “A.K.A The Perfect Burger” and “A.K.A You’re Welcome” receive 31/42