In Review: Jessica Jones – Season 3

This final season goes much further in deconstructing the concept of a hero than ever before and sees Jessica being much more of a private eye than a punching and kicking hero. 

Synopsis: Jessica has been struggling with the concept of being called a hero and has been taking on work for free in order to help those that need it. But when a new serial killer comes on the scene. She is forced to ask a few really difficult questions of herself as she struggles to bring him down.

Review: This final season goes much further in deconstructing the concept of a hero than ever before and sees Jessica being much more of a private eye than a punching and kicking hero.

The Story

Opening several months after events seen in season 2. Jessica has become far more focused on being a confident private investigator and has been doing pro bono work in order to help those that need it. Elsewhere Trish who killed Jessica’s mother at the tail end of last season has honed her abilities and is on a journey to become the hero that she’d always wanted Jessica to be.

When a case sees Jessica and Trish cross paths. The two begin the difficult task of rebuilding their relationship. But when a serial killer in the form of Gregory Salinger manages to manipulate Jessica and is able to physically hurt her. Jessica has to get to grips with a criminal who has no superpowers but is still somehow managing to completely out think her at every turn.

The Acting

Rachael Taylor pretty much picks up from where she left off in season two and has a lot of great moments in this series as she comes to know her powers and explores her own abilities as a superhero, who is known as Hellcat in the comics.

Krysten Ritter is strong as always in the titular role and it was great to see Jessica the detective come through a bit more. One of her strongest scenes is when she realizes that she is going to have to be a lot smarter and perhaps bend the rules in order to catch the villain.

Jeremy Bobb gives us a compelling villain in the form of Gregory Sallinger. I loved his monologues about how he feels justified in murdering those that he feels have gotten on in life better than he has. Especially the line where he effectively says that Jessica Jones has relied heavily on luck and has cheated somehow given that she seems to resolve things in spite of her issues with the drink. Jeremy Bobb pitches his performance just right. It’s smarmy, but it is also very believable.

Overall

This final series of Jessica Jones begins at much more of a pedestrian pace and feels to be more of a procedural drama for the first few episodes than it is a superhero show. This is not necessarily a bad thing because it gives us a chance to see Jessica Jones as more of a private investigator than punching and kicking hero.

Having the villain of the piece be someone that does not have superpowers also allows the show to explore a lot of the darker areas of being a hero in that it continues to illustrate the point that people will do bad things for the right reasons. Especially when their back is against the wall. And Jessica’s back is truly against the wall in this series.

At the end of the series though. This season really belongs to Trish who has been on a superhero journey of her own. I loved episode 2 in which we see Trish learning about her powers and training to become the hero that she’d always hoped Jessica could be.

In fact one of the strong points of the entire series including the previous 2 seasons. Has often been the difference of opinion between Trish and Jessica when it came to doing what was required to be the hero. This plot point is emphasized even more this season as Trish begins to have many of her self righteous beliefs challenged.

We also get some solid moments for the supporting characters this season as we see some fallout from their actions, which we saw in last season. Jeri is in a more fearful state and is more determined to re-write her narrative given that she is now faced with her own mortality due to ALS. But is still ultimately an insecure and selfish character.

Malcolm is in a dark place and seems to have lost touch with himself to a point where he is doing some fairly extreme things. The fact that he is now working as Jeri’s in house Investigator probably isn’t helping him get grounded.

And we get an interesting character in the form of Erik Gelden who hooks up with Jessica early in the series. He has an interesting power in that he seems to be able to psychically detect when someone has done bad things. This proves to be both an asset and a hindrance to Jessica as the show progresses.

Overall. This third season of Jessica Jones in many ways is a deeper exploration of the morality and grey areas of superheroes and villains. And is a fairly strong way to end the series and to bookend the Netflix Marvel Universe.

As with previous seasons. It struggles a little toward the home stretch and would maybe have benefitted by being only 10 episodes as opposed to 13.

9.3
  • Story
    8.7
  • Acting
    9.8
  • Stunts
    9.5
  • Incidental Music
    9.1

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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