Review: Jessica Jones Season 3
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Jessica Jones Season 3 on Netflix released 14th June 2019 Starring Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville, Carrie-Anne Moss Created by Melissa Rosenberg
“When Jessica crosses paths with a highly intelligent psychopath, she and Trish (Rachael Taylor) must repair their fractured relationship and team up to take him down. But a devastating loss reveals their conflicting ideas of heroism and sets them on a collision course that will forever change them both.”
Like the 2 previous seasons of Jessica Jones, this final chapter is a slow burner which prioritises character growth over action. Jessica Jones’ physical abilities have never been at the forefront of the show, and once again this season focuses on the emotional battles she must endure. Following the death of her mother by the hands of her best friend, Jessica reluctantly teams up with newly super-powered Trish when she crosses paths with a serial killer. It isn’t long before their individual concepts of superheroism and justice clash, once more putting their friendship to the test. Although the pacing may be frustrating at times, eventually the final season of Jessica Jones gives its characters full circle arcs they deserve.
Season 3 of Jessica Jones is the final piece of this MCU Netflix Chapter, as Netflix cancelled Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Punisher earlier this year. Undoubtedly one of the strongest of these shows alongside Daredevil, JJ’s strength has always been its lead Krysten Ritter: her performances are nothing short of impressive as she embodies Jessica’s anger, grief, drive and charisma, elevating every scene she is in - it is the most rewarding and redeeming aspect of season 3.
Season 3 put a lot of time in to developing a new bad guy, serial killer Sallinger. Unfortunately this story-line isn’t too memorable in the grand scale of the show, but it does contribute to the true core of season 3’s narrative which is the relationship between Trish and Jess.
Trish’s arc has been foreshadowed since day 1, and in it’s final season we see her dreams of becoming a hero come to fruition. Well, kind of. It doesn’t work out as well as Trish had hoped, and Jessica is forced to do the right thing even when she doesn’t want to. It’s a story which further delves into the complexities and politics of superheroism and vigilantism, exploring the psychological repercussions and morals of the characters involved - both Trish and Jessica. Where season 2 laid the groundwork for these elements, season 3 gave it space to grow and flourish before satisfyingly rounding up all of the characters arcs at the end.
Even the journeys of secondary characters such as Malcolm and Hogarth are thoughtfully concluded: JJ has never shied away from the characters’ flaws, un-apologetically embracing their crooked ambitions and askew moral compasses as fundamental narrative components. The finale shows the consequences of their choices, and although these choices have more oft than not resulted in misery, there are glimmers of hope and their will to grow and improve is clear.
Although it may be not be the strongest season of Jessica Jones, the finale ends on a satisfying note. Once again, Krysten Ritter gives an engaging, charismatic performance as the reluctant hero haunted by her past - but one thing season 3 makes clear, it’s that it’s a past that doesn’t define her.
Disney haven’t revealed anything about these Netflix shows moving to the Disney+ streaming platform, but who knows what the future holds?