Review: Jessica Jones (Season 2)

Jessica Jones Season 2 came out on Netflix on International Women’s Day. Coincidence? I think not.

I’m a huge fan of Jessica Jones. I have watched the first season over and over again. I have to admit that I was terrified that season 2 would be disappointing after such an amazing 1st season. I happy to report that season 2 doesn’t disappoint with plenty of mystery, twists as it delves into Jessica’s past. I watch 13 episodes in 3 days. By the end, I was fangirling. Followed by the inevitable realization that I will have to wait who knows how long before the next season.

The series touches on many issues (Spoiler Alert!):

Addiction

The series shows us both the story of a struggling addict and a recovered addict.

It doesn’t shy away from the lying, pushing people away, the withdrawal, the desperate need for another high, the false friendships, the denial.

“I have seen you circle the drain one too many times not to know what it looks like.” – Jessica

It also shows that it is possible to have a good life as a recovering addict and that it’s a struggle that you live with for the rest of your life. I know people who have stopped using over a decade ago and still feel the pull.

“Well, I need to work or I get myself into trouble. It’s an addict thing.” – Malcolm

 

Feminism

There are plenty of strong female characters. It shows strong successful business women in different fields, mothers who would do anything for their children, women who had to survive on their own and found ways to do so.

It points out that women often get complimented in a way that still makes them inferior to men or that makes them the exception among their gender as if we can give credit to one strong woman, but can’t wrap our heads around the truth that every woman is strong and capable.

“Pretty good for a girl. I heard that a lot as a kid.” – Gerry

It shows women with ambition, who find their voice and want to use it for good.

“I’m using my show to make a difference.” – Trish

It also shows that even if a woman is in trouble, she doesn’t necessarily need a white knight to sweep in and save her. We can handle our own issues. Trish isn’t afraid to call out her boyfriend when he pulls some sexist shit. She won’t stand for it.

“You asked me to leave you out of it and I don’t need to be saved.” – Trish

Men often call women names denigrating her to feel better about themselves.

“It makes you feel better, calling her names. It makes you feel superior to her. Well, you are not.” – Gerry

I especially like the scene when Jessica doesn’t take lightly being called a bitch. I hate when women let men call them by that words as if it’s an endearment. It’s not.

“Call me a bitch again. Compare me to a dog, an animal, that you can kick and collar again.” – Jessica

Illegal Immigration

Being unable to do the right thing by fear of deportation.

“A man who would do this to a woman. I bet his a citizen.”

Illness

Dealing with an illness diagnosis is extremely difficult. I couldn’t help but draw some comparison to my own situation with the internet searches to learn more about your diagnosis. How difficult it is to realize and accept that you are losing control over your own body. Losing control over your own life, your own body is extremely difficult in itself, especially as an independent and strong person.  The side effect of the medication which isn’t fun.

It also doesn’t shy away from showing the vultures who will sell you all kind of alternative medicine for profit, not giving a shit about what it does to you. It doesn’t take long to find all kinds of people who will sell you medical cure, who will tell you they have the answers that modern medicine does not.

Mental Health 

Trauma. Nightmares. Flashbacks. Self-medication. The negative voices in your head. Thought of suicide. Pushing people away.

I once thought I could put it away and move on without actually facing it, but your past as a way of catching up with you one way or another.

“Maybe you can’t pass it without actually facing it.” – Trish

 

The street naming is a real technique to stop the spiralling. You can also name things that are around you. It’s about grounding you. I haven’t perfected that method yet.

Sexuality

I love the way the show normalizes sexuality in women. It shows homosexuality, orgies, using sex as an escape, Women who enjoy sex without negative judgement.

Technology

As a computer support technician, I can’t help but noticing technology in shows. Usually complaining about the writers not knowing enough about it to show reality. Microsoft must have paid a pretty penny for marketing placement as they have a couple throughout the episodes. For example, Jessica Jones’ web browser is Edge. I’m personally not a big fan. In an attempt to make the browser more user-friendly, they have taken away a lot of the controls/settings away creating more problems than solutions. The very clear Microsoft logo on the tablet held up for all to see. A bit of brand marketing there. The application that helps you learn piano, Playground Sessions.

The open rice bag with the phone barely buried in. That’s not how it works. The idea is good, but for the rice to absorb the humidity the phone must be buried and the bag needs to be closed.

My personal favourite quote

“Maybe we have an idea of who we want to be, but maybe we have to blow that up just to find out who we really are.” – Malcolm

 

 

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