Jessica Jones Episodes 2-7 Review

In the first half of Jessica Jones, Jessica finds herself trying to clean up the aftermath of Hope’s murders. In fact, over the next six episodes Jessica is often just trying to fix a mess by doing something else rash. Somehow it works as much as it doesn’t work. Things come together only to fall apart. Yet, Jessica keeps going towards Killgrave. Even creating a type of dysfunctional support group from his victims to get closer to him.

Jessica Jones 3The one thing that is certain in the first half of Jessica Jones is that the illustrious Killgrave is the key to evil. It’s hard for Jessica not to make her life a jumble as she pushes everyone away in an attempt to protect them all, while growing closer to Luke Cage. Other than Luke, the only other person Jessica is willing to admit having feelings for is her childhood friend Trish. But for someone who goes around pretending not to care about others, Jessica sure has an interesting way of showing it. Probably because she cares a lot more than she’s willing to admit. Something that Killgrave is willing to use to his advantage.

Luke Cage promises to be one of the few people that can handle the lifestyle to which Jessica is accustomed. Even if he isn’t a fan of being on display in daylight or to the police he shows up, proving that he won’t leave. The stars also line up as their shared connection through being “gifted” unites them into a superhero sex fest. Unfortunately for Jessica, their gifted status isn’t the only thing that intertwines their fate. Jeph Loeb promised an introduction and sure was he right. Mike Colter’s Cage is a perfect addition to the power three that run away with the first half of the episodes.

Jessica Jones 6Despite Luke’s promising appearances Killgrave is the man to hate, as he goes around ruining people’s lives, taking what he wants, and doing as he pleases. Whether forcing people to commit suicide simply because he is done with them, having them scald themselves with coffee for annoying him, or making them junkies so they wouldn’t be noticed and could do his bidding. The man simply has no remorse. In fact, the only thing that even makes him seem human is the love he has for Jessica. Or at least his sick, sadistic version of love that no one would wish on their worst enemy.

The way the episodes are not only written, but manifested in Krysten Ritter, are some of the most realistic representations of post-traumatic stress disorder displayed in a major franchise. In honesty there may not be an underacted role in this series. Everyone brings their A-game, tackling hard confusing story lines as their characters face conflict after conflict. Jessica Jones doesn’t beat around the bush either, instead tackling the reality of the broken human and super hero. From facing what happens when someone kidnaps and controls you, to the need for an abortion in the aftermath, you are never quite sure what you would do in the place of these humble individuals that life twisted up together.  

Maybe that is one of the best things about Jessica Jones: every character has their own story manifesting in a completely individual way from others. Yet they are cosmically linked in the reality of their situation. You just don’t know if you would confess the darkest deed you did to the person you’re falling for no matter how directly it impacts them. You don’t know how you’d recover from almost being murdered, or for that matter, being the one to try to kill another because you were told to. These characters are faced with the horrific deeds and choices they make as presented to them by the world they live in.