Perfectly timed for International Women’s Day, Marvel's Jessica Jones is back on Netflix for season 2.
What dangers will Jessica face in the new episodes? Who has joined the cast? And have we really seen the last of David Tennant’s Kilgrave? Keep reading for everything you need to know about the new season.
*Warning spoilers ahead.*
How does season 2 begin?
New York City private investigator Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is beginning to put her life back together after murdering her tormenter, Kilgrave. Now known throughout the city as a super-powered killer, a new case makes her reluctantly confront who she really is while digging deeper into her past to explore the reasons why.
Who is in the cast?
Krysten Ritter (Don’t Trust The B***h in Apartment 23 Breaking Bad) returns private investigator Jessica Jones, a survivor of many traumas, who is coming to terms with the fact she killed her tormentor and season 1 villain Kilgrave.
Rachael Taylor (Transformers, Grey’s Anatomy) is back as Jessica’s best friend Trish Walker and Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) is back as lawyer Jeri Hogarth following the death of her wife Wendy in season 1.
Eka Darville’s drug-addict neighbour Malcolm Ducasse is also back as Jessica’s new assistant in season 2.
New cast members for season 2 include Janet McTeer (The Woman in Black, The White Queen) who plays a “a mysterious woman who holds insights into Jessica’s past and others like her” and JR Ramirez who plays Oscar Arocho a new superintendent and single dad in Jessica’s building who could be a potential love interest for the superhero.
Is David Tennant’s ‘Purple Man’ Kilgrave returning for season 2. Pictures from set have confirmed that he will be back in some form – despite being killed off in the season one finale. However, it is not known how big a role he will play and whether it will just be in flashback form.
Who is the Whizzer?
One of the hot topics from fans binge-watching the show on the day of release is the identity of Jay Klaitz character.
The character is called Robert Coleman and he appears to be based on a 1940s Marvel character Whizzer, who gained his superpowers after being given mongoose blood to deal with a Cobra bite. There is a nod to his origins in Marvel’s Jessica Jones as Robert has a pet mongoose. He also sports a yellow hoodie, referencing his characters yellow costume in the comics.
The first reviews
Jessica Jones Season 2 is a different animal from the electric first season, but that's to be expected, and is largely a good thing. The sophomore season brings with it a deeper sense of our main characters, which couples well thematically with the central mystery of the season, the origin of Jessica's powers. One of Marvel's most successful shows, Season 2 breaks new ground without forgetting what made it so compelling to watch in the first place.
Ritter’s Jessica is a gender-bending mishmash of noir character traits — femme fatale and hardboiled detective rolled into one, with the dank P.I. office and effortless smudged eyeliner to prove it. Reinterpreting these roles — and making them undeniably romantic, as befits the jazzy theme music that wafts into each episode — is not particularly easy; with each scene, Ritter has to sell a character that is an inherent ball of contradictions as a recognizable, appealing whole. She makes it a breeze, playing Jessica with a contained, slouching energy that belies her readiness to snap.
The return of Jessica Jones is a welcome reminder, especially if you were chilly on The Defenders for Iron Fist-related reasons, of how great Ritter is at varying the pitch of her perpetually scornful deadpan and how many shadings she gives to the self-destructive streak that is, at times, all-encompassing for Jessica. TV has probably more than its share of superhero/comic book shows and Ritter's may be my favorite lead performance.
Pacing quibbles aside, this is a darkly enjoyable return for Jessica Jones, thanks to the strong scripts, slick direction and Ritter's gripping performance. And with the promised return of the mesmerising Tennant as Kilgrave later in the season, it can only get better…
How to watch Jessica Jones season 2
Marvel’s Jessica Jones season 2 is streaming now on Netflix.
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