The fierce return of 'Jessica Jones'

Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

Arguably the most popular character of Netflix-Marvel's superhero franchise, Jessica Jones finds the fiercest battle is internal when she returns Thursday for Season 2 of "Marvel's Jessica Jones."

The superhuman strength she once hid is now public knowledge after her epic battle in Season 1 with mind-controlling madman Kilgrave (David Tennant). Jones (Krysten Ritter) fell under his spell, and he used her formidable force as a weapon, threatening New York and humanity, until she ultimately defeated him.

Now the press, law enforcement and the public can't decide what to think of Jones, the hard-drinking PI whose superhero "costume" is often the same rumpled jeans and T-shirt she slept in the night before.

Is she an avenger, criminal or victim? The scrutiny is wreaking havoc on the misanthropic Jones, who would rather hide out at her local bar, drinking away past traumas that include the sexual abuse she suffered while under the influence of Kilgrave.

When the series debuted in 2015, it preceded the fall of film mogul Harvey Weinstein and the rise of the #MeToo movement. Upon its return, Jones is now among the millions of American women whose anger and sense of justice are upending the landscape.

Dealing with that anger constructively without self-destructing is Jones' greatest challenge when she returns for 10 new episodes filled with salty language, bourbon and brute strength.

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The brilliantly executed comeback of an already smart series is the perfect parable for our times. Guilt, rage and self-doubt can fell the strongest of women, especially if their enemies know how to manipulate those weaknesses.

Jones, of course, must also now contend with a new round of foes tied to her past, as well as the fans and lookie-loos who line up outside her Alias Investigation office/apartment door each day in hopes of hiring the famous "vigilante chick."

Her one-liners here are as acerbic and sharp as ever. Example: A jock-ish PI from a competing agency offers her a place in his agency. She refuses, he persists.

"I never take no for an answer," he says with the confidence of a man who always gets his way.


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