Title: Jessica Jones
Release Dates: 2010
Number of Episodes: 13
I kind of felt compelled to watch the third and final season of Jessica Jones on Netflix, despite my disappointment in the previous season. This season starts of strong with some well-paced, character-focused episodes but about a third of the way through the season, the carpet is pulled out, and once again we’re stuck with ludicrous plot twists and lazy characterization.
The season starts with the newly-powered Trish (Rachael Taylor) working on becoming a hero by solving her own cases. Naturally, Jessica and Trish begin following the same guy and sooner than you’d expect they begin to work together and sort-of reconcile. Jessica also has a new “hook-up” (it seems too much to say “romantic interest”) in Erik (Benjamin Walker), a man with the very mild power of getting severe headaches around evil people, a power he uses for blackmailing, but becomes key in helping Jessica and Trish solve cases.
After a few false starts, a big bad is revealed in the form of serial killer Gregory Salinger (Jeremy Bobb). Salinger is played like every stereotypical psycho killer you’ve ever seen on a detective procedural show, and is fine when his machinations are backdrop to the main characters’ actions, but BORING AS FUCK when he’s on the screen for more than 15 seconds. So of course, he’s allowed to eat up tons of screen time over the season. I also don’t understand why Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss) is still in this series because her story of trying to win back an old lover, while well acted, feels like an entirely different tv show has been spliced in. When she takes on Salinger as a client and decides to take on powered people through the law, it feels like a desperate attempt to shoehorn her character into the story.
But the worst element of this season is that (SPOILER) they decide to make Trish an eviiiiiiiil powered person who just ups and start killing people for no good reason (/SPOILER). I think what bugs me most about this show is that it comes so close to being a great use of superhero tropes and detective stories as an outlet for exploring deeper human relations and behavior, but they never seem to have the confidence to follow-up on that. Instead the show relies too heavily on ridiculous plot twists and undermining character work for shock value. Oh well, at least there won’t be any more Jessica Jones to underwhelm me in the future.